Unionized dockworkers at the DP World facility in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru ended a strike that had disrupted cargo movements to and from the country’s largest container gateway for more than two weeks.
“The strike was called off on Tuesday night. The dockworkers resumed work this morning,” a union representative said on Oct. 30.
The settlement followed intense talks between union leaders and terminal officials. The intervention of senior port officials also helped resolve the impasse, according to local shipping sources.
The dockworkers launched the industrial action against the Dubai-based terminal operator, Nehru’s first private facility, in early October, demanding a new wage contract. The disruptions also prompted ocean carriers to announce congestion surcharges, ranging from $150 to $250 per 20-foot container, on all export and import boxes handled at the port.
“It would take at least a week to restore complete normalcy at the terminals, given the inventory backlog and congestion around the port area” a local shipping line agent said.
Jawaharlal Nehru, also known as Nhava Sheva, handles more than half of India’s total containerized ocean shipments. Throughput in fiscal year 2012-13, which ended March 31, 2013, totaled 4.26 million TEUs, down from 4.32 million TEUs in the previous year.