February 26 - Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has warned that this week's industrial action by truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver is expected to severely impact the Canadian port.

A strike notice has been issued to the port authority by the United Truckers Association, which has voted for a 48 hour strike effective from today.

The result is likely to be a complete disruption in trucking and drayage operations, with the possibility of further action after the initial two days affecting loading operations, said ISS.

It is feared that the strike will impact the port's reputation as a reliable and competitive gateway and operators in the port are particularly mindful of the industrial action by truckers in 2005, which caused a six week shutdown.

Ship owners and operators planning port calls in the next fortnight are advised to contact ISS Vancouver port manager, Jon Ciobanu on +1 604 684 3750.