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Panama strike: Tugs hit Hutchison, but canal unaffected

2008-9-8

TWO Ports in Panama, Balboa and Cristobal, were the target of a day-long strike, which was reported to have backed up containers, but did not affect canal operations, Reuters reported.

The industrial action was called by crane operators, reported American Shipper, and harbour towage workers at the ports, which are both operated by Hong Kong's Hutchison Port Holdings also walked out. The workers protested over pay, but the problem was resolved by the evening.

Shipping lines that use the ports said containers piled up as two-thirds of crane operators did not report for work. Shipping lines said earlier that roughly two-thirds of tugboat workers in Balboa and Cristobal ports were absent, leaving a backlog in loading and unloading.

 
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