Port of Vancouver lockout lifted after longshore workers and B.C. Maritime Employers Association reach tentative deal

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      Today's shutdown of Vancouver shipping terminals might be one of the shortest lockouts in B.C. history.

      That's because a tentative contract agreement has resulted in the reopening of the Port of Vancouver and the Prince Rupert port a couple of hours after picket lines went up.

      The Port of Vancouver handles about $180 million worth of container traffic per day.

      According to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, it has withdrawn strike notice.

      The B.C. Martime Employers Association has ended its lockout, which began at 8 a.m. today.

      No details have been released about the tentative agreement, which is subject to ratification by ILWU members.

      Their last contract expired on March 31, 2018.

      The lifting of the lockout means that more than 90 containers full of Canadian garbage will be allowed to pass through the Port of Vancouver after they arrive from the Philippines.

      The vessel carrying the trash left the Philippines today. Once the refuse is unloaded in the Lower Mainland, it will be shipped to Metro Vancouver's waste-to-energy incineration facility for disposal.