Zim ship unloads in Long Beach after Oakland protest

Zim ship unloads in Long Beach after Oakland protest

A Zim Integrated Shipping Services ship forced to abandon its scheduled call at the Port of Oakland over the weekend is now docked at the Port of Long Beach and unloading.

According to The Jewish Press, the Zim Shanghai left SSA Terminal at the Port of Oakland on Sunday and steamed 400 miles south to dock at Pier A at the Port of Long Beach. The ship docked earlier today, after being forced to depart from the Port of Oakland without unloading its cargo after a throng of pro-Palestinian protesters staged a second protest against the Israeli-based container line.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, demonstrators crowded the streets outside of the SSA Terminal in Oakland. A spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 said 34 longshoremen and clerks were dispatched to work the ship.

“Longshoremen and clerks trying to report to work were threatened physically at some points of ingress and their personal vehicles were physically blocked,” an ILWU statement said. “As such, all personnel stood-by outside of the demonstration perimeters for health and safety purposes.”

Two groups, one calling itself “Block the Boat for Gaza,” and another calling itself the “Stop Zim Action Committee,” organized the protests. The Stop Zim Action Committee released a statement on Sept. 29 thanking supporters for the blockade, and noted it organized the pickets specifically around two shifts at SSA. The group thanked the ILWU for “standing aside” and “sacrificing a day’s pay,” and said it hopes to lead more protests at other ports on the East and West Coasts.

This is the second time a Zim ship in Oakland has been blocked from unloading cargo at its SSA Terminal call this year, the first over four days in late August. Hundreds of protesters blocked the ILWU from working the Zim Piraeus, which went out to sea only to make a U-turn and head to Oakland's Ports America terminal. Longshoremen worked the vessel late into the night, but didn't finish unloading all of its cargo.

Protesters have also attempted to block Zim ships in Tacoma and Seattle.

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