Baltimore port officials say the 28-member crew of the Cypriot ship that was the cause of a longshoreman's revolt last month are getting "stir crazy" as the ship marks its second month in Maryland ports.
The Depy was the center of a major longshoremen's revolt that resulted in the death of a veteran port worker. Baltimore Launch and Marine Service tried to have its cargo unloaded by nonunion labor, arguing that the cargo was not worth as much as it would cost them to hire union labor.
But after the violence, Baltimore Launch and Marine stopped the unloading with less than one-tenth of the cargo removed from the ship.
Paul Trapani, vice president of Baltimore Launch and Marine, said that since then the Finnish firm that owns the cement has tried to unload it without success, because longshoremen in all U.S. ports refused to touch the disputed cargo.
Even the customer for whom the cement was destined has turned his back on the cargo as a result of the labor concerns, but Trapani said that it is not cost-effective to move to another port in search of a buyer because it would cost $200,000 to move.