North America Operations Update

Week of August 10, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Port of Oakland


OOCL Marine Operations Status update


Due to Oakland continuing serious labor shortage, GA member lines agreed for PA2 service to extend another 4 sailings omission in September as below:


Vessel Voyage Proforma ETA Oakland
MOL Expeditor 075W September 02, 2015
MOL Endurance 082W September 09, 2015
Hyundai Unity 001W September 16, 2015
MOL Efficiency 073W 073W September 23, 2015


Also for SE3 service adhoc Oakland omission as below:


Vessel Voyage Proforma ETA Oakland
Hanjin Chongqing 037W September 07, 2015


Additionally for SC1 service, three Oakland omissions as below:


Vessel Voyage Proforma ETA Oakland
APL Antwerp 013W September 19, 2015
APL New York 018W September 26, 2015
APL Latvia 019W October 3, 2015



The combination of port omission and start of the process to add labor has resulted in slight easing in the number of vessels arriving to anchor and to holding positions outside of the harbor. For updated information on the Port of Oakland, please refer to http://www.portofoakland.com/


OOCL import customers with cargo on vessels affected at anchorage will continue to be advised of their shipment status on a shipment specific basis. The cargo availability of local import cargo after vessel berthing is still subject to man-power availability. OOCL export customers with changes in cargo cutoffs are being issued revised booking confirmations.



North America Rail Operations


As we count down to the imminent changes to free time and storage at the BNSF Railroad on August 17, 2015, please note that the BNSF Railroad  will be considering all the days of the week as part of the chargeable time calculations.  This means that Sundays will no longer be considered as a free day during the free time calculations.  For more details see Item 37 and Appendix F of the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide (R&PG).


The BNSF delivered steady performance and good fluidity across the network this week. Velocity for trains, locomotives and cars all improved, along with a substantial double-digit decline in total trains held. Total volume also exceeded 200,000 units for the second consecutive week and average trains on the system reached its highest level since mid-April.


Generally favorable weather conditions have been experienced across the BNSF network, although wild fires had caused minor delays last week along the Fallbridge Subdivision which runs between Pasco, WA and Portland, OR.


Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern especially along the US west coast ports  in Southern California, Oakland, the SEA/TAC-Portland corridor, Midwest and the Gulf.

  • 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.


Vessel/Loop Deployment Changes


Terminal First Receiving Date

The Earliest Receiving Date (ERD) of Montreal Gateway Terminals has been reduced from seven to five calendar days effective July 15, 2015.


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

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:

New Announcements


The G6 Alliance will continue until the end of August to omit calls to the Port of Oakland on the sailings of its Pacific Atlantic 2 (PA2) service between Asia, Central America, and the United States East and West Coasts.  The affected sailings are:

  • APL Garnet (v.067w) ETA Oakland 10 August 2015
  • MOL Encore (v.082w) ETA Oakland 18 August 2015
  • MOL Expeditor (v. 075w) ETA Oakland 02 September 2015
  • MOL Endurance (v. 082w) ETA Oakland 09 September 2015
  • MOL Efficiency (v. 073w) ETA Oakland 21 September 2015




The Asia Suez Express (AZX) service will be upgraded to include an additional Halifax call. This move will improve transit times from Canada to Asian and Mediterranean ports as well as from Asian and Mediterranean ports to New York.


New port rotation: Laem Chabang – Singapore – Colombo – Damietta – Cagliari – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Halifax (new) – Cagliari – Damietta – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang


Effective voyage: Budapest Express BUX 029E ETA Halifax 07 Aug 2015

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 www.oocl.com.


Pacific Southwest


  • YTI LYNX system will replace or work in conjunction with the current WebAccess that is currently available from the YTI Website, www.yti.com.  Click on Customer Care Center, then click on YTI LYNX button.
  • Benefit features that are available on LYNX:

1.      Import Container Availability for multiple containers

2.      Import B/L Availability

3.      Import Demurrage Payments – allows payment through a future date

4.      Import Vacis Exam Fee Payments – new feature only for NYK, Hapag LLoyd, OOCL, Hanjin and MOL

5.      EDO Inquiry Access – new feature Export Booking Inquiry – new feature Real-time data

6.      Demurrage payments will be available through both eModal and YTI LYNX for one month.  During this time, they will migrate and transition all demurrage payments be made through YTI Lynx as of 8/15/15.


  • Harbor-wide congestion seems to have eased somewhat this past week with most of the long dwelling import local and intermodal cargo moved out.
  • Intermodal operations at Pier A (CC2 loop) were in good order, however there were some reports from truckers of longer turn times inside the terminal.
  • Chassis supply at PCMC – LBCT has been allowing bobtails into the terminal as PCMC replenishes chassis.  Chassis supply is short at Trapac also.





  • OICT was extremely congested this past week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times averaged 65 minutes. Labor shortages and chronic yard congestion are compounded by severe chassis shortages. Several import delivery lanes were closed on Monday.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 2:30-3:30pm..
  • Trapac Oakland operations were congested this week.  Gate turn times averaged 41 minutes On Friday, long lines of trucks were back up on the road outside the terminal gates.  98 local import loads remain to be picked up; 5 are idling more than 7 days. Trapac had severe chassis shortages. The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports due to labor shortages and yard congestion.
  • Oakland is extremely short of chassis and is extremely short of truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 10 days out.


Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT Tacoma was moderately congested. Gate turn times averaged 25 minutes.  Total of 308 import intermodal units with 8 idling over 7 days.  86 local imports remain to be picked up.   The terminal posts an announcement on their web site which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.
  • T-18 Seattle was moderately congested.  Gate turn times averaged 31 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power




  • Deltaport and Centerm Terminals experienced slight congestion last week, but have returned to reasonable fluidity.



CN Montreal


  • CAST Terminal is congested due to vessel bunching and labor shortage.  CN Rail is working hard to control the dwell times.
  • Due to crane construction at Termont Terminal, OOCL services will not resume calling this port until the fall.


CN Halifax


  • Terminal dwell times are very fluid.

New York Terminals


  • GCT Bayonne has continued to struggle with long turn times.
  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 77 minutes
  • GCT New York – 22 minutes
  • Maher – 48 minutes.
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 0-2 days in the NYC metro area.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 43 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time was 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Truck power is now adequate throughout the Midwest. See the truck power map linked above.
  • Chassis shortage in Dallas.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal reported moderate congestion with gate turn times averaging 38 minutes.



South Atlantic                         

  • All port ramp operations normal, no delays or congestion reported
  • Charleston State Ports working to improve the rail dray off program, adding staff and trucks. Inland port (Greer) has increased activity


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


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America