North America Operations Update

Week of 01 June, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


US west coast cargo operations cleanup efforts resulting from the backlog caused by the previous months of labor slowdowns and extreme terminal are basically complete.  We will continue to keep you informed of any related developments.

West Coast Labor Update

  • ILWU began 8-point chassis road-ability inspections at all West Coast marine terminals effective May 26th.


North America Rail Operations


Record rainfall, particularly in north Texas and Oklahoma, has caused washouts on several subdivisions affecting north-south BNSF traffic. The Creek Subdivision, which runs between Tulsa and Madill in southern Oklahoma, remains out of service, with more than two miles of track underwater at this time.


More strong storms, with accompanying high winds and heavy rain, are expected through the weekend. Speed restrictions and more frequent track inspections will remain in effect on five BNSF subdivisions in Texas and Oklahoma. However, a changing pattern is expected to bring much drier, calmer weather to these areas next week and a return to more normal operations.



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, California and the TAC/SEA-Portland corridor.

  • 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 OOCL.com 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 OOCL.com USA and Canada web sites.


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:

Transpacific Service Resumptions



Port rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Los Angeles / Long Beach – Ningbo.

First Sailing:  ETA Long Beach, 04 June 2015



Port rotation: Kaohsiung – Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Savannah – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Kaohsiung

First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 29 June 2015



Port rotation: Xiamen – Kaohsiung – Da Chan Bay – Hong Kong – Yantian – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – Kingston – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Xiamen

First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 28 June 2015

Transpacific Service Enhancements



This service will be upgraded to include the port of Qingdao.

New port rotation: Qingdao – Shanghai – Kwangyang – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Pusan – Kwangyang – Qingdao

Effective voyage:  ETA Los Angeles 04 June 2015



This service will be adjusted to focus on connecting the Korean and Japanese markets with North America.

New port rotation: Tokyo – Kobe – Pusan – Balboa – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Miami – Jacksonville – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Manzanillo (Panama) –  Panama Canal – Balboa – Los Angeles – Oakland –  Tokyo

Effective voyage:  ETA Miami, 21 June 2015


Note: the SE1 and CC3 servcies for the G6 are being phased out.  The last westbound sailing for the CC3 will be from Oakland on June 1st and for the SE1 from Los Angeles on June 6th.


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


  • TraPac still experiencing congestion, however, there are some improvements to their automation process which are expected to provide relief.
  • On-dock cargo flow greatly improved this week, particularly at YTI.
  • Chassis supply was somewhat improved this week but TraPac still struggling with sustainable inventory levels.




  • OICT was extremely congested this past week.  Gate turn times averaged over an hour.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were moderately congested and turn times averaged 37 minutes.
  • Chassis pool reported that they have added 200 chassis into current fleet, expect to add an additional 500 chassis in the next 4 to 6 weeks and 5% (400 to 500) bad order chassis are being repaired.
  • Oakland is extremely short of truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 9 days out.  Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries and early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT.


Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT was normal last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.  Gate turn times average 27 minutes.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times decreased, however, to an average of 22 minutes.
  • Portland regional severe congestion continued for Portland container traffic to/from Seattle or Tacoma.





  • Flatcars at Deltaport are very tight to handle the high volume of ITM imports arriving caused by vessel bunching.  Centerm Terminal remains extremely fluid.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Truck power issues continue to impact many Midwestern cities.  See the truck power map linked above.
  • Chassis shortages remain in Columbus, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston and El Paso.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal reported normal operations at 42 minutes.
  • There was severe flooding in the Houston region on Tuesday and Wednesday that impacted some container delivery.



CN Montreal


  • Minimal dwell times for intermodal containers reported last week.

CN Halifax


  • Terminal dwell times are fluid.


New York Terminals


  • Chassis supply continues to be deficit in the NYC area.
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 3-4 days in the NYC metro area.
  • GCT Bayonne intends to introduce a truck reservation (appointment) system later this year in an attempt to reduce gate congestion.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Position Detection System (PDS) is to be launched early this summer. Hardware has been received and is being tested now. The plan is to go live with this before the peak season starts. The PDS system can read the slot, row, and tier on boxes so the number of lost boxes should be drastically reduced.
  • The Port of Virginia has modified their receiving policy in an attempt to accommodate long haul drivers negatively impacted by vessel schedule changes. The complete announcement can be found here.
  • The port will maintain its Saturday gate hours at Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) through Saturday, June 27.
  • The Port of Virginia also plans on implementing an appointment system at NIT (ORF08) this year. The first phase will be a pre-advise system which will begin testing in June. The 2nd phase will be forcing the truckers to have an appointment to enter the terminal in order to ease the peak demand times at the gates.



South Atlantic

  • Norfolk Southern and CSX Charleston ramps report volume and traffic back to normal operational levels this past week.
  • Memphis ramps reporting sporadic chassis shortage which may affect some store door deliveries.


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


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America