Local 502 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (“ILWU”) commenced legal strike action against Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership effective 12:01 a.m. September 17, 2022. The work stoppage has resulted in a complete suspension of operations at Westshore’s coal export terminal at Roberts Bank. Labour action is limited to Westshore’s terminal facilities and there are currently no further negotiations scheduled between Westshore and ILWU.
Meanwhile Teck Resources Ltd.’s near-term coal production is suffering from a “structural failure” of a conveyor belt at its Elkview plant in British Columbia that will interrupt production for up to two months. The downtime for maintenance at the plant will reduce its full-year coal production by about 1.5 million tonnes.