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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dockworker Strike Halts Rail Cars

Russian Railways has suspended shipments to Tuapse Commercial Sea Port, where as much as 138,000 tons of coal and grain are stranded because of a dockworker strike.

More than 1,000 rail cars with coal and 800 cars with grain are waiting to be unloaded, Russian Railways said in a statement late Thursday. Another 500 cars have been unloaded and their goods taken to warehouses, the company said.

Tuapse, controlled by billionaire Vladimir Lisin's Novolipetsk Steel, ships more than 20 million tons of oil, coal, iron ore and metals per year. It is the country's only Black Sea port for shipping coal.

Dockworkers are continuing the strike despite a court ruling that ordered them to return to work, Russian Railways said. Some 120 dockworkers walked off the job Nov. 4 demanding a 20 percent pay raise. They suspended the stoppage three days later, according to the port authorities.