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OOCL North America operations update


We are always grateful to receive updates like this as it gives us an excellent overview on the situation in the USA, Canada and Mexico:






North America Operations Update

Week of 23 Feb, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,

The long awaited news that a tentative agreement has been reach between the ILWU and the PMA was received on Friday February 20th.   West Coast terminal operations resumed over the past weekend, except for the Port of Oakland (more on that is included below).   Our industry is now faced with the task of clearing the backlog caused by the past 4 months of labor slowdowns and extreme terminal congestion.  Estimates are that the cleanup efforts will be ongoing for the next 2-3 months, which we will continue to keep you informed of this progress.

North America Rail Operations


  • Surges of Arctic air will continue to impact the BNSF’s Northern Region, from North Dakota eastward, during the upcoming week. Temperatures are expected to run 20-30 degrees below normal on most days. As a result, the BNSF will continue to implement train length restrictions as necessary in response to below zero conditions.



Truck Power


  • Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern especially in the Midwest, Gulf, Northeast and Southern California.
  • There are no truck power issues in Canada and Mexico.
  • Please see our Truck Power Map on for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.



Vessel/Loop Deployment Changes


  • Terminal First Receiving Date information site link for export cargo container receiving as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on USA and Canada web sites.


  • Seattle/Tacoma Port Call Changes:  To assist with vessel service recovery resulting from U.S. West Coast port congestion the following service changes will take place:

    NP1 and PA1 services will temporarily shift the Tacoma port call to Seattle.  Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Tacoma will now route via Seattle per below.

PA1 service will resume Tacoma port calls with the Oakland Express 060E on approximately March 24, 2015.

Additionally, due to severe vessel delays on the west coast there will be no sailings in Vancouver for the NP1 service during the 2nd through 4th weeks of March.

NP1 Service
Zim Antwerp             025     ETA Seattle     24 February
OOCL Asia               073     ETA Seattle     27 February
OOCL London             030     ETA Seattle     06 March
Zim Rotterdam           026     ETA Seattle     13 March

PA1 Service
Tokyo Express           060     ETA Seattle     23 February
NYK Diana               040     ETA Seattle     27 February
Dallas Express          076     ETA Seattle     19 March

NP2 Service will temporarily switch its Seattle port call to Tacoma.  Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Seattle will now route via Tacoma. Impacted vessel/voyages are as follows:

Hyundai Brave           042     ETA Tacoma      28 February
Seattle Express         035     ETA Tacoma      03 March
Hyundai Mercury 039     ETA Tacoma      06 March
Hyundai Faith           044     ETA Tacoma      12 March
Hyundai Force           040     ETA Tacoma      17 March
Hyundai Global          036     ETA Tacoma      31 March

PA1 – Temporary Los Angeles Port Omission  In order to help ease the current congestion at the Port of Los Angeles, the G6 Alliance has taken the step of implementing a temporary omission of an eastbound port call at Los Angeles for the PA1 service until further notice. The service will continue to call Port of Oakland.

The vessels omitting the Port of Los Angeles are shown below:

Augusta Kontor          003 West
Kobe Express            080 West

During this temporary period of PA1 port call omission at the Port of Los Angeles, you are encouraged to use our alternative CC1, CC3, CC4 and JPX services for your Transpacific shipments. For Transatlantic shipments, there is no all water alternative during this time period.  For alternate land bridge routing for your Transatlantic shipments during this period, please contact your Sales Representative. Service maps and schedules for all our services are available at

JPX Temporary Oakland Port Omission.  JPX service will temporarily omit Oakland call through week 12.  Cargo normally booked ex Oakland on the JPX service can utilize the PA1 service as an alternative.


SE3 Temporary Oakland Port Omission.  SE3 service will temporarily omit Oakland.  The vessels omitting the Port of Oakland are shown below:


Hanjin Chongqing        035 West

Hanjin Port Kelang      036 West


Attached is our current vessel schedule for reference purposes.  For the most up to date scheduling information please do refer to our interactive point to point or vessel schedule on

Vessels at Anchorage – all US West Coast ports have vessels at anchorage with the number of involved vessels steadily increasing each week except for Oakland where port omissions by ocean carriers have increased significantly.





Pacific Southwest

  • As of February 23rd there were 35 vessels at anchorage in Los Angeles/Long Beach which is a new all time high.  Now that a tentative agreement has been reached we will continue to provide updated vessel scheduling information and terminal updates.





  • Oakland OICT operations were highly congested this week due to ongoing labor shortages and slowdowns. Productivity remains down by about 30%. In retaliation for no week-end and holiday work, the ILWU rescheduled their regular stop-work meeting for the 1st shift on Feb.19th, effectively shutting down the Port of Oakland.  There were hundreds of trucks in line every other day, backed up outside the terminal gates on to Middle harbor Road. Gate turn times averaged well over 1 hour. The terminal suffered extreme labor shortages and import delivery lanes had to be closed due to the lack of Transtainer service and the high volume of trucks waiting in the yard.  The terminal congestion is extreme.  The last date that OICT had normal import delivery operations was on Dec. 30th.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were highly congested this week due to ILWU labor shortages and slowdowns.  The terminal was closed completely on Feb.19th as ILWU shut down the Port of Oakland.  Export grain shipments remained in off-dock storage until Feb.20th and finally began receiving Friday, however, due to yard congestion, the terminal closed the gates at 2pm.



Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT Tacoma remained congested throughout the week. ILWU job action continued to slow down terminal operations by about 30% and severely impacted vessel schedules. The terminal posts an announcement on their web site which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day. The terminal’s decision to accept export cargo is based on daily yard inventory levels and dwell times.  Additional vessels may berth, however, due to labor shortage the time in port will increase. WUT is working two vessels on berth to have better gang allocations. Vessels need longer port time since working on day shift only.
  • T-18 Seattle was extremely congested.  No empties were accepted. Empty returns were diverted to Conglobal Industries container depot in Seattle. T-18 is working on day shift only therefore vessels require extra port time.  Local import releases at the terminal remain slow, taking 7-8 days due to yard congestion.  We are expecting extreme congestion next week as well.
  • The number of vessels at anchorage in Puget Sound averaged 14 per day this week. No week-end work is causing additional delays.





  • CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to DeltaPort and Centerm Terminals to cover the current demand although delays of 8 days or even more should be expected.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Cold and freezing temperatures caused lift machine breakdowns in CHI, CLE, and STL



CN Montreal


  • Termont terminal aging intermodal loads of 9 days caused by a shortage of railcars.



CN Halifax


  • Due to continual bad weather in Halifax export reservations for both loads and empties continue to remain restricted to Ceres Terminal from Toronto and Montreal.
  • Because of bad weather in the Maritimes, CN was not able to push railcars into Halifax causing ITM containers to dwell longer than normal.



New York Terminals


  • Truck power lead time still remains 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • The situation at west coast ports has created a significant increase in export rail volume in Norfolk. We can expect to see delays and missed vessels in the upcoming weeks until normal shipping patterns are restored.
  • Effective on March 2, 2015, loaded export containers arriving via truck at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) will not be allowed to enter the facility until it is within 10 calendar days (ERD) of the vessel arrival.
  • As record cargo volumes continue at Port of Virginia terminals, full-day (7 AM – 5 PM) Saturday gates at NIT will be offered through Saturday, Feb. 28.


South Atlantic

  • Ice and snow slowing truck and depot production in Memphis on Friday and both Memphis and Nashville earlier in the week.




  • Terminal, depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.
  • Veracruz port was closed two days (Tue-Wed) due to bad weather.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America






CMA GRI on Asia to North Europe Trade




CMA CGM announces General Rate Restoration on Asia – North Europe Trade (Westbound)

The prevailing container freight rate ex Asia to North Europe having reached an unsustainable level, CMA CGM group hereby informs its valued customers of the implementation of a General Rate Restoration (GRR) of USD 650 / TEU effective from March 15th 2014.

The GRR will be applied as follows:

Origin Range: from All Asian ports (including Japan, South East Asia and Bangladesh)

Destination range: to all Northern European ports (including UK and the full range from Portugal to Russia)

Cargo: All types of equipment

Date of application: March 15th 2014, on board date

We kindly ask you to forward this message to all concerned within your organization and thank you in advance to include the above in your future calculations.




MSC GRI notice Transatlantic wb


There were times when rate changes happened once a year on TAA and TACA, then we came to GRIs to the start of a quarter or month, now it already happens in the middle of a month so that ratesheets cannot even be valid for 30 days anymore. We are headed for the same rate chaos that we see in the Far East to Europe trade…





NWC / Scandinavia / Baltic Sea to USA West Coast
General Rate Increase (GRI)
20th March 2015

Notice No.: DE-2015-02-025

February, 2015


Dear valued customer,
For and on behalf of our principal MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., Geneva, we like to inform you about the implementation of another General Rate Increase (GRI) in the trade



from North West Continent, Scandinavia, Baltic Sea to USA West Coast with effect from 20th March 2015.


Effective date will be: 20th March 2015
The applicable quantum will be: USD 250,00 per 20’ and USD 500,00 per 40’


The above amount will be applicable on all tariffs and on all the contracts.

In case of further questions please do not hesitate to contact your local MSC office.
With best regards,
MSC Germany GmbH
-as agents for MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., Geneva




CSAV GRI notice Transatlantic wb.


The carriers want to take advantage of the tight space on the Atlantic, will see, what will happen in reality. Here the theory:





Dear valued client,

CSAV has decided to implement a rate increase effective April 1st, 2015 (B/L date) for all cargoes loading from Europe to USA and Mexico.

The applicable amounts are:

for cargo to final destination USA:       usd 440/20‘      usd 530/40‘
for cargo to final destination Mexico:   usd 100/20‘      usd 150/40‘

In case of any question, please do not hesitate to ask.


NYK GRI Europe to USA as of April 1st




Reading this, the last hope is that it is nothing but an April 1st joke?? Will see, how this one will come through….




Trans-Atlantic Trade Update
Notice of General Rate Increase

23rd February 2015
Dear Valued Customer,
NYK Line would like to announce the following General Rate Increase (GRI) on our Trans-Atlantic trade routes. The GRI will apply to all cargo under NYK independent tariffs and service contracts on westbound services between Northern European ports and USA/Canada.



This GRI will only be applicable on Dry container types.
Effective 1st April 2015



Thank you for your continued support and should there be any questions regarding this please contact your local sales representative for further information.
Yours faithfully,
NYK Global Liner Management Division



Hapag Lloyd details of voyage cut-over


Definitely this will not be an easy task, Hapag comes up with the following details:





Dear Customer,

In this third edition of our Customer News, we will focus on our forthcoming voyage cut-over programme which refers to the addition of the former CSAV services to the Hapag-Lloyd network.
As we enter the key phase of the transition period, our strong emphasis on business continuity and customer focus continues to prevail and our dedicated local teams are available to assist with any questions you may have.
In addition you can also use our central email address to submit your questions and suggestions regarding the combination of our businesses:
The next newsletter will be published in the beginning of March.
Kind regards,
Hapag-Lloyd CSAV


February 2015
 Voyage Cut-Over Details (Phase 1)
The pinnacle of the integration is the voyage cut-over. This is when CSAV business will gradually be transferred to the Hapag-Lloyd brand.
CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd services will be integrated into one worldwide service network.

We have everything prepared to perform a smooth transfer of the operative business. This newsletter contains an overview of the upcoming voyage cut-over and further helpful information to assist with the transition.

CSAV business continues as today until the last voyage has been transferred into the new network. The entire voyage cut-over process starts in the beginning of March and will be completed by the end of June.

The voyage cut-over programme will be performed in two phases:

Phase 1 includes services that Hapag-Lloyd & CSAV both offer to our customers today.
Phase 2 includes services currently offered by CSAV that will become part of the new joint network.

Phase 1 covers six services and the first vessel sailing (ETS) is from the port of Le Havre, France on March 25, 2015. Please note Documentation cut-off dates will be as stipulated in the Booking Confirmation.

Phase 2 covers 25 services (incl. Feeder services) and the first vessel sailing (ETS) is from the port of Paranagua, Brazil on April 13, 2015.
Below you will see an example of Phase 1 voyage cut-over details. (Details on Phase 2 will be advised in due course.)



 Voyage cut-over look up tool
As we merge the two networks into a single Hapag-Lloyd network, we have developed a spreadsheet tool to make it easy to highlight the change from a CSAV operated vessel to Hapag-Lloyd operated vessels. This will indicate which company you should contact to take your booking and issue your Bill of Lading or Sea Waybill.
Your sales executive will provide this voyage cut-over list which we trust will assist in providing transparency in the final step of bringing our companies together. We look forward to serving you with our enhanced global service network.


 e-Business – Registrations
The combined organization is committed to providing CSAV customers with e-Business continuity. Hapag-Lloyd will ensure that existing registrations with CSAV e-Commerce portals and schedule subscriptions will be transferred to Hapag-Lloyd to ensure the same channel usage as with CSAV. Customers will be informed about pre-registration for the Hapag-Lloyd Online Business in due course.
CSAV customers using INTTRA or GT-Nexus will be mapped to Hapag-Lloyd for a smooth integration and be informed accordingly. Customers using different e-channels with CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd should stay with the current Hapag-Lloyd channel as a main guideline.


 Bill of Lading / Sea Waybill Terms & Conditions
For each trade on which the voyage cut-over has been implemented CSAV customers will receive Hapag-Lloyd Bills of Lading or Sea Waybills only; all such shipments will be subject to the respective Hapag-Lloyd Terms and Conditions which can be viewed on our website.
For cabotage and flag restricted trades (Conosur) the respective carrier remains unchanged, however, as of the voyage cut-over new Bill of Lading Terms and Conditions apply. The respective Terms and Conditions can be viewed on our website.
This edition of our transition letter as well as all subsequent publications will be posted on the Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV websites for future reference.
The next Customer News will be published in the beginning of March when details of our Phase 2 are finalized. Your sales executive will contact you within the next days to discuss with you the voyage cut-over details.



Hapag Lloyd voyage cut-over programme


Hapag and CSAV seem to be very reasonable not to destroy existing relations:





 New Customer Contacts / voyage cut-over programme


February 19, 2015

Dear Customer,
Please be informed that your current points of entry within Hapag-Lloyd AG and CSAV will remain unchanged within Germany for the time being. We hope your transition is seamless.
In case of bookings have been placed already and effected by the attached voyage cut-over programme, we will contact you shortly how the transfer will take place. For sailings prior to the voyage cut-over, Hapag-Lloyd AG and CSAV have to operate as
two different carriers. For further details, please refer to our attached Customer News.
For further information please contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.
Kind Regards
Hapag-Lloyd AG
Area Germany



Cosco revised PSS Transatlantic wb




Dear valued customers,

please be advised that COSCON decided to revise the PSS as from 10.03.2015 as follows:

Shipments from Europe to Norfolk and Charleston: USD125/200, 20’/40′

Shipments from Europe to New York : USD150/250, 20’/40′

Shipments from Europe to US inland destination  : USD200/300, 20’/40′

Valid from 10th, March, 2015.


CMA Terminal Congestion Surcharge for Reefers in Manila






Customer Advisory #15 – 2015
Terminal Congestion Surcharge for Reefers –
Manila, Philippines

Effective March 15, 2015
Dear Valued Customer,

Due to deteriorating congestion conditions, effective March 15, 2015, A TERMINAL CONGESTION SURCHARGE (Destination) will apply to all Reefer cargo moving under the scope of this tariff as outlined.


The implementation of this terminal congestion surcharge is to help recover increased costs incurred by the carrier in connection with extra costs involved for reefers, including but not limited to plugging, monitoring, and extensive use of equipment.

Terminal Congestion surcharge will apply as follow:
TO: MANILA, Philippines PODs
USD 800 per container


Thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact your local CMA CGM (America) LLC sales representative. For current schedule activity please visit our Web site at



APL GRI Asia to Europe Trade




23 February 2015


Dear Valued Customer,
We wish to inform you that APL will be implementing a rate restoration as follows:

Applicable from Asia (excludes Japan, Australia, India – Subcontinent & Middle East) to:

 North Europe – USD800/TEU with effect from 16th March 2015
 Mediterranean, Black Sea, and North Egypt – USD800/TEU with effect from 16th March 2015

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to growing our partnership into the future.
Yours Sincerely,
Asia Europe & Global Reefer Trade