A strike at the French Marseille port's Fos-Lavera oil terminal has entered into a 12th day resulting in the delay of over 50 ships.
The 51 comprise 11 natural gas tankers, 18 crude oil tankers and 15 refined oil products tankers, four chemical products tankers and three barges.
Of those delayed ships five crude oil tankers and two natural gas tankers are currently positioned off the Marseille terminals for safety reasons while the others are waiting offshore of the Fos-Laveral oil terminal itself.
Workers began their action on 27 September to protest against French harbour reform, and the planned restructuring of the Marseille port.
Four refineries are located in the Fos-Lavera hub: Totals 158,000bpd La Mede refinery, ExxonMobils 119,000bpd Fos-sur-Mer plant, LyondellBasell Industries' 105,000bpd Berre l'Etang refinery and Ineos 207,000bpd Lavera plant.
The Marseille Port manages four terminals: passengers and goods terminals at the Marseille harbor itself, as well as good and oil terminals at Fos-Lavera, which are located few kilometers west of Marseille.
Apart from the Fos-Lavera oil terminal, other terminals were operating normally, the port authority also said.
Source: Dow Jones