OOCL: North America operations update

OOCL: North America operations update







North America Operations Update

Week of April 04, 2016


Dear valued OOCL Customer,



Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) Update


Last week Pier E handled 402 container transactions with an average turn time of 24 minutes.


  • March 28, 2016 terminal began receiving of export laden cargo for SC2-OOCL LONG BEACH-096 West.
  • April 5, 2016 SC2-OOCL LONG BEACH-096 calls Pier F to discharge Import Intermodal and limited local import cargo, and to load intermodal on dock export cargo.
  • April 7, 2016 SC2-OOCL LONG BEACH-096 shifts to Pier E to discharge local import containers and load back Local export cargo and empty containers.
  • Week of May 16th:  Westbound on dock rail operations start at Pier E.
  • Week of May 30th:  Eastbound on dock rail operations start at Pier E.



Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Update


  • A dedicated webpage with information on the latest developments on the new VGM requirements under SOLAS is available in our corporate website www.oocl.com under ‘Resource Center’.
  • Please click on the appropriate regional link for more information:

USA     Canada     Mexico     Panama     Colombia



Panama Canal Update


  • The President of Panama announced the opening of the expanded canal is planned for June 26th 2016.
  • A second draft restriction is to be implemented at Panama Canal effective on April 29th, 2016.
  • All vessels loaded after April 1st, 2016 must comply.
  • Vessels will need to reduce to 11.74m (38.5ft).



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


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


Terminal First Receiving Date

Information for export cargo container receiving windows as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on OOCL.com.


Vessel Schedule

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 – BNSF responded to another rockslide in the Pacific Northwest early last Monday morning, which occurred between Everett and Seattle on the BNSF’s Scenic Subdivision. While several trains experienced initial delays, BNSF crews were able to quickly route traffic around the blockage to avoid further service disruption. High winds in Arizona and New Mexico also caused some train delays on the BNSF’s Southern Transcon earlier last week.



Truck Power


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.



Pacific Southwest

  • Minimal congestion reported at marine terminals last week.
  • Chassis supply was surplus last 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 64 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early at 2:30pm daily.  OICT was low on 20’ pool chassis all week.  Import delivery lanes were closed on Monday and Tuesday.  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 40 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 22 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 35 minutes.
  • Seattle-Tacoma is adequate on truck power.
  • Seattle-Tacoma equipment supply is adequate.
  • Fifty –six intermodal rail containers dwelling three or more days at WUT.





  • 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 547 intermodal (ITM) containers are averaging less than seven days.
  • Vanterm Terminal has no OOCL containers at this time.
  • Centerm Terminal is experiencing some minor dwell times with 44 import ITM containers for Canadian destinations dwelling for five days or less.



CN Montreal


  • CAST Terminal is fluid with only eleven ITM import containers dwelling for three days or less.
  • Termont Terminal is running short on CN rail cars as of late; operations have slowed for the past week. Currently there are 48 total units dwelling 8 days.



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain very fluid. There are 30 ITM containers dwelling between one and two days at Ceres Terminal and none dwelling at Halterm Terminal.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 84 minutes
  • GCT New York – 28 minutes
  • Maher – 41 minutes
  • The United Arab MINA Service will no longer call GCT Bayonne as of April 2016 due to reconfiguration of the service. This will remove about 600 trucks per day from the truck line.
  • The Sunday gate continues at GCT Bayonne at least through April 10th.  Hours are from 0600 until 1300 and will NOT include reefers or Out of Gauge (OOG)/awkward cargo.
  • The project to raise the Bayonne Bridge reached a milestone with the removal of the existing main span. The project target date for higher clearance is on schedule for the end of 2017.
  • Truck power lead time is 3-4 days in NYC.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 40 minutes.
  • There are 12 ITM containers dwelling at NIT, the average ITM dwell time is about seven days.
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in Norfolk.



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 adequate except for Chicago (40’GP), Houston (40’GP & HQ) and Dallas (40’GP & HQ).
  • Chassis are adequate throughout the region with the exception of Pittsburgh.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Gate turn times averaged 50 minutes.
  • New Orleans Napoleon Terminal operating normally.



South Atlantic                         

  • Truck power for this region remains adequate.
  • 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 limited, and 40RQ surplus.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America