Dear valued OOCL Customer,
PORT OF OAKLAND UPDATE
OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL advised below action plan aimed at the improvement of local operations and the easing of local congestion:
- Relocation of certain operations and the moving of fencing to better accommodate new customer business.
- Relocation of chassis storage from the east end of OICT to a portion of the adjacent Matson terminal.
- Establishment of a new empty yard by April 1, 2016, with two in-gate lanes and two out-gate lanes.
- Purchase of 6 new top-handler machines for delivery in March and April 2016, with further purchase of 3 new side-handler machines for delivery in April 2016.
- Introduction of an “auto-out gate process” utilizing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), in order to accelerate gate out times, target for implementation in 2 months.
- Implementation of a container shuttle process to move import loads during the night gate to a nearby off-site yard at Shipper’s Transport Express (STE) for motor carrier to pick up pre-mounted loads the next day.
SC2 Service Startup at Long Beach Container Terminal Middle Harbor
Our new terminal at LBCT Middle Harbor Pier E was successfully started up on March 11, 2016 with the acceptance of empty containers. We now move on to our next phase of transition to Pier E of the SC2 service from Long Beach calling Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South China according to below timeline::
- March 28, 2016 terminal begins 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 Hot 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: WB on dock rail operation starts at Pier E.
- Week of May 30th: EB on dock rail operation starts at Pier E.
Separate general advisories and shipment-specific advisories will be sent in due course to customers to communicate the details of changes, including new export cargo container cut-offs as appropriate.
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
- There was no sailing from Pusan on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
- 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.
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 West Coast services:
South China 2 (SC2) service
- There was no sailing from Dachan Bay on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
- There was no sailing from North America February 28 – March 05, 2016 (week 9)
Southeast Asia 2 (SE2) service
- There was no sailing from Laem Chabang on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
- No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)
North Pacific 3 (NP3) service
- There was no sailing from Qingdao on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
- No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)
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 – Good fluidity and steady performance were experienced at all BNSF locations in the past week. With the El Nino weather pattern still in place, some rain and show is expected in the Pacific Northwest in the coming weeks. Additionally flash flood watches and warnings are in place in Louisiana, parts of East Texas and the Gulf. The threat for severe storms in the southern and central Plains still remains for much of this week.
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, the Pacific Northwest 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.
- Intermodal dwell reduced this week, primarily driven by improved performance at TRAPAC terminal.
- Chassis supply somewhat improved this week.
- Truck power remains in good supply.
- OICT was highly 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 at 2:30 daily. OICT was low on pool chassis all week. Several import delivery lanes were closed this week. The terminal is holding a 4-day vessel receiving window for exports.
- Trapac operations were moderately congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 47 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 25 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 tight on truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 3-4 days out.
- Seattle-Tacoma equipment supply is adequate.
- 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 now experiencing longer dwell times with approximately 45 ITM containers dwelling for an average of five days.
- CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid with nearly 174 intermodal import containers dwelling three days or more at both terminals.
- The terminals remain very fluid. There are 48 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 – 72 minutes
- GCT New York – 23 minutes
- Maher – 51 minutes
- The Sunday gate continues at GCT Bayonne at least through March, and is now extended to cover Gleason’s Birthday (March 17, 2016) and Good Friday (March 25, 2016). Hours are from 0600 until 1300. No reefers or OOG/Awkward cargo will be handled.
- Truck power lead time is 3-4 days in NYC.
Norfolk International Terminal
- Gate turn time at NIT was 49 minutes.
- 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 deficit 40GP’s in Chicago but is adequate throughout the remainder of the Midwest and Gulf regions.
- Chassis are adequate throughout the region with the exception of Pittsburgh, Columbus and Kansas City.
- Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
- Gate turn times averaged 43 minutes.
- New Orleans Napoleon Terminal operating normally.
- 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 deficit, and 40RQ adequate.
- Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.
OOCL North America