As Honda production affected by West Coast ports labor disputes returns to normal, Volkswagen’s East Coast shipments have been delayed.
Frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall have been slowing operations at the automaker’s Davisville, R.I., port since January, said Mark Boucher, senior manager of port operations and metrics.
The slowdown has not affected production at VW’s Chattanooga plant, and the automaker has not gone off-site or shifted vehicles to other ports.
“Our port processor has been working a lot of extra hours to clear snow and counter the effects of the longer times required to move and process cars,” Boucher said. “The velocity has been slower than optimal, but given the circumstances, they’ve done a great job.”
Jaguar Land Rover North America uses a port in Baltimore for deliveries to the New England region. Though the weather has been challenging, it has not created significant disruptions, said Stuart Schorr, vice president of communications.
“We have worked well with our North East Regional Carrier in scheduling deliveries from Port of Baltimore into New England once roads are cleared and we know our retailer facilities are ready to accept deliveries,” he said in an email. “All in all a challenging winter, but manageable.”
Volvo and BMW were unaffected by the weather. A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.
Meanwhile, because a tentative agreement has been reached in the labor dispute at the West Coast ports, starting today, all of Honda’s North American operations will be on a full manufacturing schedule, said Chris Abbruzzese, corporate affairs and communications spokesman.
Honda reduced production at plants in Indiana and Ontario from Feb. 16 to March 2 after cutting back production at four Ohio factories between Feb. 16 and 23. The reductions resulted in an estimated production loss of 20,000 vehicles.
“We continue to work diligently to maintain the flow of parts to our North American plants, including utilizing alternative means of transportation, in the effort to maintain production for our customers,” Abbruzzese said.
“Because of these efforts, the prolonged slowdowns at the ports are no longer impacting our North American production operations at this point in time.”