This is always very interesting and we very much thank OOCL for keeping us so well informed about the developments in the USA, Canada and Mid America:





North America Operations Update

Week of 23 Mar, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


US west coast cargo operations cleanup efforts resulting from the backlog caused by the past 4 months of labor slowdowns and extreme terminal congestion continue.  Estimates are that the cleanup efforts will be ongoing for the next 2-3 months.  We will continue to keep you informed of the progress.

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 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.

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

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

Zim Djibouti            040     ETA 09 April
OOCL Atlanta    074     ETA 12 April
Zim Antwerp     026     ETA 19 April
OOCL Asia               074     ETA 26 April
Zim Rotterdam   027     ETA 03 May
Frankfurt Express       031     ETA 10 May
Seattle Express 036     ETA 17 May

In addition, 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.

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

Hyundai Force   040     ETA 23 March
Hyundai Global  036     ETA 03 April
Hyundai Courage 042     ETA 11 April
Hyundai Brave   043     ETA 16 April
Hyundai Mercury 040     ETA 21 April
Hyundai Faith   045     ETA 28 April
Hyundai Force   041     ETA 05 May
Hyundai Global  037     ETA 12 May

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 approximately Mid-May, 2015.

Oakland Express 060     ETA 29 March
NYK Constellation       042     ETA 05 April
Kobe Express    080     ETA 09 April
Augusta Kontor  003     ETA 16 April
NYK Demeter     040     ETA 23 April
Halifax Express 067     ETA 30 April
Singapore Express       048     ETA 07 May

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.

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 April.  Cargo normally booked ex Oakland on the JPX service can utilize the PA1 service as an alternative.


SE3 Temporary Oakland Port Omission  SE3 service temporary omission of Oakland ends after this week.
SC1 Temporary Oakland Port Omission  SC1 service will resume standard LAX-OAK call beginning week 16 on the SC1 APL Dublin 013W.


NP3 Temporary Vancouver Port Omission NP1 service will temporarily omit Vancouver second call until further notice.


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

  • Expect the recovery process to be elongated as the congestion bubble moves thru and out of the supply chain.
  • Chassis supply levels vary widely across terminals.




  • OICT was congested this past week.  Import delivery lanes were closed periodically during the day due to slow operation and yard congestion.  Congestion was compounded by chassis shortages.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were highly congested last week.  The terminal gate has a high volume of import loads and many are stacked in inaccessible areas of the terminal, consequently, import dwell times are rising.
  • Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.


Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT was moderately congested last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website 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.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested and gate turn times are improving.





  • CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to Centerm Terminals to cover the current demand although delays of 7-8 days should be expected.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Heavy delays in Houston due to channel closure for vessels collision, five days, and dense fog over last two weeks.  There are about 30 ships waiting to dock.  After waiting 4-5 days OOCL Mexico is approx 7th in line for pilotage. All pilotage resources were initially provided for outbound vessel while the channel was working intermittently. With the approach of cold air and lifting of fog channel is fully open since yesterday.  We expect OOCL Mexico to berth Monday or Tuesday, March 23rd or 24th.


CN Montreal


  • Nothing significant to report.


CN Halifax


  • The winter weather in the Maritimes was very bad again last week. Ceres terminal was either fully closed or partially closed for several days.


New York Terminals


  • Truck power lead time is now 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • NIT has advised that they should have OOCLs intermodal backlog, mostly for the Midwest, cleared up Monday, March 23.
  • The port has implemented a policy to reduce the number of days an export container can dwell on all terminals from ten to nine.



South Atlantic

  • Truck power remains steady at normal levels (48 hours or less) with the exception of Savannah which has seen a few stragglers due services bunching from west coast delays.



  • Depot, terminal, trucking, and rail services all normal.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America