North America Operations Update

Week of January 18, 2016


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Rail Billing Website Change


Rail billing for export intermodal general cargo (FAK) must be submitted on-line via https://sp.oocl.com



Used Automobiles Exported via the Ports of New York/New Jersey


A copy of a customs stamped auto title must be provided by the customer before containers with used automobiles can be loaded according to the new regulation by New York CBP.  The effective date for penalties for non-compliance is January 1st, 2016.



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

  • 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

  • No sailing from Dachan Bay on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America February 28 – March 05, 2016 (week 9)


Southeast Asia 2 (SE2) service

  • 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

  • No sailing from Qingdao on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)


Trans-Atlantic Trade – Winter Program


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


Atlantic Express 1 (AX1) service

  • Westbound:  There was 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:  There was 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 – As river levels in Missouri continue to recede, all track affected by the recent flooding have been restored. Normal operations in the area resumed last Saturday when the BNSF’s River Subdivision returned to service following a 12-day outage. Further north, extremely cold temperatures last week in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest caused some delays and several service interruptions. As part of the BNSF’s winter response plans additional crews were deployed to make necessary track repairs and address any frozen switches as quickly as possible. Extremely cold temperatures can create challenges for trains’ braking systems because of reduced air flow. To compensate for that reduction, the BNSF will equip trains with distributed power which creates two sources of air flow throughout a train. This approach is also more efficient than the alternative, which is to shorten train lengths.


Despite the frigid conditions in the Twin Cities last Sunday, BNSF engineering crews completed installation of a new track connection with the Canadian Pacific Railway in northeast Minneapolis. The additional track addresses traffic bottlenecks that have occurred just south of BNSF’s Northtown rail yard and will help alleviate congestion in the metro area. This project also complements the extensive capacity improvements made on the BNSF’s Twin Cities to Chicago main line, including new double-track and full CTC implementation, during the past several months.


Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a concern along portions of the 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


  • YTI On Dock Intermodal recovery continues. Backlog has been reduced but not yet back to normal service levels.
  • Congestion at TraPac continues in the automation block which is where most imports are staged.
  • LBCT experienced some delay with EB On Dock ITM early last week which had significantly improved by end of week.
  • CUT operations are normal.
  • Truck power has been sufficient.
  • Chassis supply has been challenged at TraPac last week.





  • OICT was highly congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times inside the gates averaged 66 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 2:30 and 2:30pm daily.
  • Evergreen vessels are no longer calling OICT as the Evergreen terminal re-opened and reduced the congestion slightly.
  • Trapac operations were moderately congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 29 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 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 33 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 32 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power.
  • SEA, PDX, and TCM 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 vessel bunching as a result of delays and ongoing construction at the terminal.
  • Centerm Terminal is also experiencing longer dwell times due to vessel bunching and lower than normal rail production.



CN Montreal


  • CAST Terminal has become congested with 62 intermodal imports dwelling more than 5 days.
  • Termont Terminals has no local or intermodal import containers dwelling at this time.



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain fluid. There are 22 intermodal containers dwelling one day at Ceres Terminal.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 96 minutes
  • GCT New York – 24 minutes
  • Maher – 45 minutes
  • Door delivery truck power lead time is up to 3-4 days in the NYC metro area.



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.
  • Chassis are adequate throughout the region.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Gate turn times averaged 54 minutes.
  • New Orleans Napoleon Terminal operating normally.



South Atlantic                         

  • Truck power for this region remains readily available.
  • 20’ container shortages reported in Atlanta and Memphis.





  • 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