Santos Labor Dispute Delays Ships, Rolls Cargo

After four days of stop-start industrial action from angry stevedores that caused delays and rolled cargo, shippers using the Brazilian port of Santos can finally breathe a sigh of relief as an uneasy peace seems to have taken hold. Stevedores from the Sindicato dos Estivadores do Santos union, known as Sindestiva, carried out a 24-hour stoppage that began at 1 p.m. local time Monday and lasted until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Libra Terminais was also affected. Tecon Santos did not suffer any delays on Monday or Tuesday, but last Saturday, following the first phase of “light protests,” about 30 or so containers were rolled to a later sailing so that the vessel concerned could avoid any delays.