North America Operations Update
Week of March 21, 2016
Dear valued OOCL Customer,
Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) Update
- Our new terminal at LBCT Middle Harbor Pier E (LGB10) successfully started operations on March 11, 2016 with the acceptance of empty containers.
- On March 16th, Pier E commenced empty container releases for exports.
- In the first week of operations, Pier E handled 510 container transactions with an average turn time of 28 minutes.
- The next phase of transition to Pier E is the SC2 service from Long Beach calling Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South China. March 28, 2016 the terminal begins receiving of export laden cargo for SC2 – OOCL LONG BEACH – 096 West at Pier E.
Winter Sailing Program
G6 Alliance announces Asia-North America Winter Program
Members of the G6 Alliance announced the Winter Program for Asia – North America services in response to traditional seasonal changes in market demand. The following are the temporary changes:
Asia – North America East Coast Service
The G6 Alliance has combined the NYE and SCE services into a single service with the following port rotation:
Xiamen – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal – Manzanillo – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Kingston – Manzanillo – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Xiamen
In response to seasonal changes in the market demand, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following post-Chinese New Year sailings for Asia – North America East Coast services:
North & Central China East Coast Express (NCE) service
- No sailing from N. America March 20-26, 2016 (week 12)
Asia – North America West Coast Service
The G6 Alliance has temporarily suspended the Central China 2 (CC2) service between Asia and the North America West Coast during the winter period from Week 44.
A Busan Eastbound call will be added to the CC4 during the CC2 suspension resulting in the following rotation:
Shanghai (WaiGaoQiao) – Ningbo – Busan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Shanghai (WaiGaoQiao)
Note: Central China 1 (CC1) service remains the primary route for Busan Cargo.
Other Vessel and Terminal Information
Information for export cargo container receiving windows as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on OOCL.com.
For the most up to date scheduling information please do refer to our interactive point to point or vessel schedule on www.oocl.com.
North America Rail Operations
BNSF – An area of rain and thunderstorms along the Gulf coast of the United States last weekend prolonged flooding in some locations and becoming severe in others.
Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups is adequate except for certain ports where terminal congestion is causing delays, especially in Oakland and the Northeast.
- There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.
- There are no truck power issues in Canada or Mexico.
- Please see our Truck Power Map on OOCL.com for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.
- Minimal congestion reported at marine terminals this week.
- Chassis supply has improved this week.
- Truck power remains in good supply.
- On dock terminal rail container dwell was less than 3 days.
- OICT was severely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates. Gate turn times averaged 63 minutes. Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages. Dual transactions were shut off early at 1:30-2:45pm daily. OICT was low on 20’ pool chassis all week. Several import delivery lanes were closed this week. The terminal is holding a 4-day vessel receiving window for exports. Import 40’ containers are being moved to off dock CY at Shippers Transport for wheeled delivery.
- Trapac operations were moderately congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 36 minutes. The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.
- Oakland is short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 7 days out. Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries, early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT, and driver waiting time for a bare chassis to become available.
Tacoma & Seattle
- Tacoma WUT was operating normally. Gate turn times averaged 23 minutes. The terminal posts an announcement on their web site regarding for which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo the following day.
- Seattle T-18 was moderately congested. Gate turn times averaged 31 minutes.
- Seattle-Tacoma is adequate on truck power.
- Seattle-Tacoma equipment supply is adequate.
- Intermodal rail cargo is departing without incident.
- This week the CN evacuated an average of 2 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal. Rail operations at Deltaport are fluid, ground count is quite high due to yard congestion and ongoing construction at the terminal. Dwell times for intermodal (ITM) containers are averaging four days.
- Vanterm Terminal has no OOCL containers at this time.
- Centerm Terminal is experiencing some minor dwell times with 17 ITM containers dwelling for one day.
- CAST and Termont Terminals are fluid with only 23 intermodal import containers dwelling for four days or less at both terminals.
- The terminals remain very fluid. There are 28 intermodal containers dwelling between one and two days at Ceres Terminal and none dwelling at Halterm Terminal.
New York Terminals
- Gate turn times:
- GCT Bayonne – 79 minutes
- GCT New York – 25 minutes
- Maher – 47 minutes
- The Sunday gate continues at GCT Bayonne at least through March, and is now extended to cover Good Friday (March 25, 2016). Hours are from 0600 until 1500 and will include reefers and Out of Gauge (OOG)/awkward cargo.
- Truck power lead time is 3-4 days in NYC.
Norfolk International Terminal
- Gate turn time at NIT was 50 minutes.
- Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in Norfolk.
- All G6 facilities in Norfolk will be open for the Good Friday, March 25th ILA Holiday.
USA Midwest & South Central
- Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf with new dispatches being accepted for 3-4 days out.
- Equipment supply is deficit for 40GP’s in Chicago and the Gulf but is adequate throughout the remainder of the Midwest and Gulf regions.
- Chassis are adequate throughout the region with the exception of Pittsburgh.
- Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
- Gate turn times averaged 48 minutes.
- New Orleans Napoleon Terminal operating normally.
- Truck power for this region remains adequate.
- Equipment is deficit 40GP & 40HQ in Nashville and Memphis and 40HQ & 20GP in Atlanta.
- Rail ramps and terminals fluid, no delays reported.
- Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.
- Equipment in Veracruz and Altamira: 20GP Surplus, 40GP adequate, 40HQ deficit, and 40RQ adequate.
- Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.
OOCL North America