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12/20/2012 -GPA Update

posted Dec 20, 2012, 6:26 PM by Len James


Subject: Strike Broadcast

 


December 19, 2012 

Dear GPA Customer, 

Many of you have seen the news on the ongoing negotiations involving the ILA 
and various entities. 

The Georgia Ports Authority is monitoring developments closely and during yesterday's 
negotiations the ILA rejected the USMX proposal for a Master Contract and voted to 
strike when the current extension expires on December 29, 2012

In the event of a work stoppage, ILA work jurisdiction will be respected by 
the GPA which translates into no vessel or gate activity for the duration.   

The GPA has developed a  detailed Contingency plan to insure we take the appropriate 
steps in the event of a  work stoppage. Below are the details of the ports plan. 


GPA STAFF 

GPA Staff will obviously continue to report to work, this includes all the hourly employees 
who operate our cargo handling equipment and our Police force to insure we maintain a 
safe, secure environment.  ILA work jurisdiction will be respected by the GPA which 
translates into no vessel or gate activity during the work stoppage. 


GATES: 

Prior to any work stoppage the GPA will provide the necessary field equipment  to support 
extended/ late gates to allow as much cargo to be delivered as physically possible. If the 
trucking community and our customers will support a Sunday Gate we will keep our gates 
open through the weekend. We will also do the same once the disruption is resolved. We 
will meet with US Customs & Border Patrol next week to insure they have the proper staffing 
to support any extended gates.  We will also meet with Gateway next week to solidify the 
plan ( if necessary). 
  
BERTH SCHEDULING: 

Once the work- stoppage has ended, the GPA will work  vessels  in a first come first serve 
format , just as we have following holidays.  We will fully utilize our 9 Berths and 23 
Ship-to-Shore cranes to turn vessels as quickly as possible. 

DEMURRAGE/STORAGE: 

The GPA is committed to providing the necessary services to insure we keep the cargo 
moving and this will of course be a significant operational expense to us. A work stoppage 
is completely out of our control as we are not a signatory to the contract. As a result, we 
will not extend free time on the facility. 

PERISHABLE CARGO: 

If you have any questions regarding perishable cargo, please contact the appropriate 
Maintenance Vendor. 

CHASSIS: 

In preparation for anticipated heavy gate volumes leading up to December 29th we are 
working closely with the SACP to insure ample bare chassis are available both on and off dock. 

  
RAIL 

Rail activity will be limited to the respective on terminal rail yard and cargo will not be interchanged
to / from the main terminal. 


Should you have any questions please contact GPA’s Customer Service at (912) 963-5526 
or email customerservice@gaports.com . 

Happy Holidays and Thank you again for your continued service and cooperation. 

Client Relations Center 
Georgia Ports Authority 
P. O.  Box 2406 
Savannah, Georgia   31402 
Office: 912-963-5526 
Fax: 912-963-5522 
E-mail: customerservice@gaports.com

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