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NYK Transatlantic ECA as of July 1st, 2015







North America Update ECA Regulation Surcharge & NEO Surcharge – 3rd Quarter 2015


27th May 2015

Dear Valued Customer,
Please refer to the following ECA surcharge quantum details:





ILWU Ratifies 5-Year Labor Agreement With the PMA, Concluding Port Negotiations



From Journal of Commerce:




Labor negotiations which began in May 14, 2014 between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) ended successfully this week, as the ILWU membership voted to ratify a 5-year agreement with the PMA. Following a vote in favor by ILWU delegates in early April, rank-and-file members of the union voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new agreement. The five-year contract, which is retroactive to July 1, 2014, will expire on July 1, 2019 and covers 20,000 dockworkers at 29 ports. The ILWU headquarters in San Francisco said 82 percent of the rank-and-file votes were cast in favor of the contract. The contract ratification closes a year of tumultuous relations between the ILWU and the PMA, which saw West Coast ports overwhelmed by congestion because of dockworker slowdowns and a response by employers that included cutbacks on costly night and weekend work.

This contract includes increases in pay, pensions, re-affirms employer-paid medical benefits, including the Cadillac tax in the Affordable Health Care Act that will take effect in 2018, and preserves ILWU jurisdiction over chassis inspections, maintenance and repair. The one major change found in the agreement has to do with the arbitration system, which could result in significant changes in how day-to-day health, safety and work-rule disputes are handled at the local ports. Instead of a single arbitrator for the four main port ranges, the process will move to a three-person local arbitration panel, with one member nominated by the ILWU, one by the PMA and one by a neutral arbitrator. The neutral arbitrator on each local panel must be a member of either the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service or the American Arbitration Association, but cannot be a lawyer.

With the agreement in place, West Coast employers and the union are now working together to catch up on lost productivity, tackle congestion, and earn back lost cargo that was diverted to other U.S. ports during the labor disputes.





Maersk BAF Quarter 3, 2015







Q3 levels of Standard Bunker Adjustment Factor (SBF)


Dear Valued Customer,

Maersk Line has completed our quarterly tariff review of our Standard Bunker Adjustment Factor (SBF), and the SBF tariffs, which will be effective from 1st July 2015, have been published on


For further information, please contact your local Maersk Line office.

With regards,
Maersk Deutschland A/S & Co. KG
as agent for the carrier Maersk Line A/S
Am Sandtorkai 37
20457 Hamburg



OOCL Update North America operations





North America Operations Update

Week of 25 May, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


US west coast cargo operations cleanup efforts resulting from the backlog caused by the previous months of labor slowdowns and extreme terminal are basically complete.  We will continue to keep you informed of any related developments.

West Coast Labor Update

  • PMA members voted to ratify the west coast labor contract on May 20th.
  • ILWU conducted a final tally of votes by rank and file members on May 22nd and the contract has been ratified.
  • ILWU will begin 8-point chassis road-ability inspections at all West Coast marine terminals effective May 26th.


North America Rail Operations


Conditions last week ranged from high winds, thunderstorms and tornadoes in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to Spring snow in North Dakota. Nonetheless, overall BNSF velocity remained mostly stable.  Severe weather caused service disruptions last week, particularly in the South Region.  As the BNSF reported last week, train speed restrictions were implemented to maximize safety and minimize disruptions along their north-south corridor through Oklahoma and Texas, as well as the Gulf Coast. With flooding over the weekend, those speed restrictions remain in several areas in these two states.   They will also keep in effect their track inspection program along these affected areas as well as the re-routing of train traffic as necessary.


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 California.

  • There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.
  • 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.


Summer Schedule Changes:  Below is an outline of summer schedule changes.  For full details of the Transpacific Summer schedule changes please click here and for the Transatlantic changes here:

Transpacific Service Resumptions



Port rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Los Angeles / Long Beach – Ningbo.

First Sailing:  ETA Long Beach, 04 June 2015



Port rotation: Kaohsiung – Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Savannah – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Kaohsiung

First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 29 June 2015



Port rotation: Xiamen – Kaohsiung – Da Chan Bay – Hong Kong – Yantian – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – Kingston – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Xiamen

First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 28 June 2015

Transpacific Service Enhancements



This service will be upgraded to include the port of Qingdao.

New port rotation: Qingdao – Shanghai – Kwangyang – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Pusan – Kwangyang – Qingdao

Effective voyage:  ETA Los Angele,s 04 June 2015



This service will be adjusted to focus on connecting the Korean and Japanese markets with North America.

New port rotation: Tokyo – Kobe – Pusan – Balboa – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Miami – Jacksonville – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Manzanillo (Panama) –  Panama Canal – Balboa – Los Angeles – Oakland –  Tokyo

Effective voyage:  ETA Miami, 21 June 2015


Note; the SE1 and CC3 servcies for the G6 are being phased out.  The last westbound sailing for the CC3 will be from Oakland on June 1st and for the SE1 from Los Angeles on June 6th.


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

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 through May. The service will continue to call Port of Oakland.

During this temporary period of PA1 port call omission at the Port of Los Angeles, you are encouraged to use our alternative CC1, CC3 (until ?), 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

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



Pacific Southwest


  • TraPac still experiencing severe congestion.
  • YTI and Trapac are experiencing import rail container departure delays.
  • Chassis supply levels are critically short at TraPac, GGS, and CUT marine Terminals.




  • OICT was extremely congested this past week.  Gate turn times averaged over an hour.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were moderately congested and turn times averaged 31 minutes.
  • Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.
  • Oakland is extremely short of truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 9 days out.  Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries and early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT.


Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT was normal last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.  Gate turn times average 29 minutes.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times now average 27 minutes.
  • Portland regional congestion continued for Portland container traffic to/from Seattle or Tacoma.





  • CN currently has enough cars on hand or in route to Vancouver Terminals to cover the current demand, however, both of our Vancouver Terminals remain extremely fluid.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Truck power issues continue to impact many Midwestern cities.  See the truck power map linked above.
  • Chassis shortages remain in Columbus and Indianapolis.



CN Montreal


  • Dwell times for intermodal containers averaged 1-2 days last week.

CN Halifax


  • Dwell times for intermodal containers were significantly improved and were no more than days.


New York Terminals


  • Door delivery truck power lead time has decreased to 3-4 days in the NYC metro area.
  • GCT Bayonne intends to introduce a truck reservation (appointment) system later this year in an attempt to reduce gate congestion.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Position Detection System (PDS) is to be launched early this summer. Hardware has been received and is being tested now. The plan is to go live with this before the peak season starts. The PDS system can read the slot, row, and tier on boxes so the number of lost boxes should be drastically reduced.
  • The Port of Virginia has modified their receiving policy in an attempt to accommodate long haul drivers negatively impacted by vessel schedule changes. The complete announcement can be found here.
  • The port will maintain its Saturday gate hours at Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) through Saturday, June 27.



South Atlantic

  • Norfolk Southern CHS ramp still reporting heavy congestion getting inbound trains in timely. Ramp has been seeing heavy inbound trains the last 3 weeks.


  • Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America





Hamburg Sued, GRI Euro to Mexico





General Rate increase: North Europe & UK to Mexico


Dear valued Customer,



Hamburg Süd wishes to announce a General Rate Increase (GRI) for all cargo moving



from North Europe & UK to Mexico effective July 1st, 2015.



Tariff cargo as well as existing service contracts will be increased by the following amounts:



USD 200/20’ equipment USD 400/40’ equipment



The rate restoration will take effect from the following voyage:



Cap Beatrice Voy. 527sb ETS Marin 02.07.2015



Please contact your Hamburg Süd representative with any questions that you may have. Contact details can be found:
Kind regards
Hamburg Süd



K-Line cancels PSS on Transatlantic wb


Added capacity, new players in the Transatlantic market, the rates are coming under pressure.





Dear valued customer.




please be advised that Peak Season Surcharge for all shipments ex North Europe to USA Eastcoast expired yesterday, 27th May 2015.


Therefore cargo with receipt date of 28th May 2015 will not be subject to PSS Surcharge.


We will update the service contracts today and distribute where necessary.



Best regards





NYK Asia to Europe Trade ECA






Asia Europe Trade:
ECA Announcement for Q3 2015


27th May 2015

Dear Valued Customer,
Please refer to below announcement for the new ECA levels, which is to be applicable from 01 JULY 2015 to 30 SEPTEMBER 2015:



ECA Regulation Surcharge
Quantum : USD 15 / 30 per 20’/40’

Scope : This will apply to every container moving to / from North Europe from / to Asia, Indian Sub-continent, Middle East, Gulf, Oceania.


Effective : Westbound from Asia: 01/JUL/2015 by origin B/L date basis
Eastbound from Europe: 01/JUL/2015 by origin B/L date basis


We will review the quantum on quarterly basis, according to bunker price movement.

Should you require any further information please contact your local NYK office or NYK representative.
Yours faithfully,



NYK GRI Europe to Asia July 1st, 2015






Europe–Asia Structural Rate Recovery

Notification of Increase in Europe – Asia rates as part of NYK Structural Revenue Recovery (SRR) Plan


27th May 2015

Dear Valued Customer,

Please be advised that NYK will implement 2015 Structural Revenue Recovery (SRR) program for Eastbound with effect from 01 st July 2015. (This SRR was originally intended to be effective from 01 st June 2015 but deferred to 01 st July 2015).


Effective date: 01 st July 2015
Quantum: Eastbound US$200 per 20’
US$400 per 40’
Routes involved:
All routes, North Europe / Mediterranean / East Med/ Black Sea/ Adriatic
to Asia(including Japan) / Indian Sub-continent / Middle East / Gulf / Oceania


For further details, please contact your local NYK representative.
Yours faithfully,



Maersk, GRI Far East to Central America and WC South America






Far East Asia to Central America and West Coast South America



General Rate Increase (GRI) – Revision*

* revised rates

Effective date: 15 June 2015
Scope: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea South, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan to Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
General Rate Increase: USD 750/1500/1500 per 20’/40’/40′ high cube dry


Scope: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea South, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan to Buenaventura (Colombia)
General Rate Increase: USD 500/1000/1000 per 20’/40’/40′ high cube dry

GRI for 40′ non-operating reefers (NOR) is USD1000.




Maersk Pacific Southwest (PSW) – Trans-Tasman Service Withdrawal







Pacific Southwest (PSW) – Trans-Tasman Service Withdrawal




We would like to advise our customers in Australia that we will withdraw from the Pacific Southwest (PSW) Trans-Tasman Service effective Week 28 onwards. Based on current scheduling, the last sailing will be as follows:

  • Vessel Kota Pelangi voyage 436S, departing Auckland 6 July 2015 (Westbound)
  • Vessel Kota Pelangi voyage 436N, departing Melbourne 12 July 2015 (Eastbound)

Maersk Line remains committed to providing our customers with sustainable and reliable coverage to and from Oceania. We will continue to offer our customers a strong Westbound product with the Tasman Star and OC1 services, and Eastbound with the Tasman Star, OC1, Northern Star and Southern Star Services.

As always, we appreciate your continued support, and will make every effort to resolve any issues these changes may present.