Port of Houston Update
December 20th, 2012
The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) continues to closely monitor the contract negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX), and to date, an agreement has not been reached between the two entities. Therefore, it appears that a strike is likely to occur at PHA’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal (BCT) and Bayport Container Terminal (Bayport) beginning Sunday, December 30, 2012. We have been advised that operations at PHA’s general cargo facilities, including the Turning Basin Terminal, will not be disrupted by this strike.
The Port Authority staff is in regular communication on this matter with the container carriers that call at PHA’s terminals, as well as representatives of the ILA members who work at PHA’s terminals, and has initiated contingency plans in preparation for the anticipated work stoppage. Currently planned contingency plans are as follows:
- Once the strike commences, both BCT and Bayport will be closed for all vessel and gate activity.
- All PHA staff will report to work at their usual starting times until further notice.
- Storage/demurrage charges for all containers will be suspended for each day that BCTand Bayport respectively is closed due to the strike.
- PHA will continue to regularly update customers and other stakeholders on the PHA website during the strike.
- PHA staff will stand ready to quickly reopen BCT and Bayport and return to normaloperating procedures when the strike is over.
- The measures outlined in this Memo apply only to PHA operated facilities and do not apply to the Maersk‐APM Terminal located at Barbours Cut Terminal