North America Operations Update

Week of December 07, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Panama Canal Delays


Canal transit situation has improved significantly over the last 2 weeks and delay for unbooked vessels is now down to 2-3 days. OOCL and G6 partners are pre-booking canal crossing with 24-48 hrs buffer time, and have not experienced any significant canal crossing delays. This will be the last Panama Canal update, if the situation changes reporting will resume.


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


The last sailings of the temporarily suspended NYE and SCE services have all sailed.


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.


The 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) is the primary route for Busan Cargo.


Trans-Atlantic Trade – Winter Program


In response to the expected low demand during the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following Trans-Atlantic sailings:


Gateway Express 2 (GEX2) service

  • Westbound:  No sailing from Southampton on December 28, 2015
  • Eastbound:  No sailing from Montreal on December 31, 2015


Atlantic Express 1 (AX1) service

  • Westbound:  No sailing from Le Havre on January 1, 2016
  • Eastbound:  No sailing from New York on January 18, 2016


Atlantic Express 2 (AX2) service

  • Westbound:  No sailing from Southampton on January 2, 2016
  • Eastbound:  No sailing from Veracruz on January 23, 2016



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 – The BNSF has reported that the network continues to exhibit strong resiliency when confronted by severe winter weather. Despite record early snowfall in parts of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest during the past two weeks, as well as ice affecting parts of the BNSF’s South Region last week, impacts on service were minimal. While more rain and snow were expected in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, mild, dry weather in most other areas of the network will provide favorable operating conditions into the middle of this week.


CN – Please see the following links for updated CN Canadian and US Intermodal holiday Gate Hours and Genset schedule.


US/CAN Intermodal Terminal Gate Hours in English/French.

US/CAN holiday Genset schedule is here.



Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a concern along the entire US West Coast, specifically in Oakland and the SEA/TAC-Portland corridor.

  • 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


  • Trucker supply further improved this week with reduced terminal congestion.





  • OICT was extremely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times averaged 57 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 2:30 and 3:30pm daily.
  • The terminal will sponsor another Saturday gate on Dec.12th, from 8:30am to 4:30pm for both empty and export receiving in, empty out, and import deliveries from the One-Stop program peel-off piles. There is no charge to carriers or motor carriers for the Saturday gate.
  • Trapac operations were severely congested last week.  Gate turn times averaged 57 minutes.  The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.  Trapac was low on pool chassis (all sizes) every day last week.
  • Oakland is extremely short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for eight 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 moderately congested. Gate turn times averaged 38 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 28 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power.
  • SEA, PDX and TCM are severely deficit on 40HQ.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 3 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal.  Deltaport and Centerm Terminals are fluid.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid and there are no intermodal imports dwelling more than 3 days at CAST and none at Termont.



CN Halifax


  • The terminal remains very fluid and no intermodal containers dwelling.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 123 minutes
  • GCT New York – 27 minutes
  • Maher – 47 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 42 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time was 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf.  Door deliveries in HOU are being delayed by Barbour’s Cut terminal congestion.
  • Chassis are very tight in Columbus and Dallas.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Following the terminal system cut-over to N4, service levels have deteriorated.  Gate reports have not been provided on a consistent basis.  When we received the last gate report, the terminal was reporting gate turn times of 120 minutes.  Motor carriers are complaining about long lines in front of the gates, averaging 3-4 hours delay.



South Atlantic                         

  • Norfolk Southern’s mainline between Charleston and Greer did not return to service as scheduled. Latest projected completion date is today, Dec 7th.
  • Equipment in SAV is getting tight.
  • Truck power for this region remains readily available.





  • Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week, however, they were both closed last Thursday due to bad weather.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America