November 4, 2014
By Yasumori Jinno, CargoSmart Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center
As reported in the November issue of CargoSmart’s Innovating newsletter, Haifa port
workers held a strike on October 6, 2014 to protest the government initiative
for two new private competing ports. On the day of the strike, vessel berth
times were prolonged.
After the port workers went on strike in early October,
Israel’s labor court ruled that workers have the right to negotiate for future
employment terms. However, before the dockworkers reached a consensus, construction
on the new port in Ashdod began on October 28. As a result, the port workers
briefly went on strike again at the Port of Haifa.
To determine if the second strike had an impact on port
performance, we reviewed the average berth times through the month of October.
The results are shown in the chart below.
Date Range: October 1 – October 31 Vessel Arrivals: 97 Longest Berth Time: 72.6 Hours Average Berth Time: 20.4 Hours
Our findings show that unlike the strike at the beginning of
the month, the October 28 labor action had minimal effect on the port’s productivity.
The average vessel berth time on October 28 was less than the overall average
vessel berth time for the month.