Ocean carriers within the three major vessel sharing alliances, namely, The Alliance and Ocean Alliance, chose to hold off on calling the newly Hugh Leatherman Terminal by the Charleston Port until the disputes between the International Longshoremen’s Association and South Carolina settles up. The disagreement is speculated to rise due to how non-union states manage the crane and yard work.
According to the reports, the South Carolina Ports Authority stated that these alliances have decided to switch their ship away from the new Charleston’s Wando Welch Terminal. During its opening in April, the Leatherman terminal was scheduled to assist and handle the sudden rise in Asian Imports. SCPA stated that the ships that have diverted are now hitting Waldo Welch, which is already running high volumes.
SCPA further quoted,
“All these actions are occurring in a time of unprecedented disruption in the global supply chain in major United States ports and seemingly without regard for the impact on the end-user customers of South Carolina Ports’ facilities.”
Standing against the persistent practice of non-union state employees working on the ports of Southeast US. The ILA suit is the most significant East Coast longshore labor conflict. The lawsuit is speculated to be a strategy by the union to delay the NLRB proceedings.