PETER ZIOBROWSKI: Port of Halifax not expected to benefit from shortened Montreal labour dispute


hipping lines were diverting containers through Halifax and Saint John since last week, in anticipation of the labour disruption at the Port of Montreal.

This past weekend the MSC Veronique called on Halifax and would have normally sailed for Montreal and, Maersk Panang, which normally calls in Montreal before calling in Halifax, went to Saint John, N.B. first.

The Montreal port strike began on Monday when Local 375 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees walked off the job, after the longshoremen at the Port of Montreal gave that port's Maritime Employers Association a 72-hour strike notice last week.