North America Operations Update

Week of October 19, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,



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 service suspensions:


Asia – North America East Coast Service
The G6 Alliance will combine 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 first sailing of the combined service will start with the Week 44 sailing (ETA Xiamen October 29, 2015).


The last sailings of the temporarily suspended NYE and SCE services are as follows:

  • NYE:
  • Week 44 Eastbound (ETA Kaohsiung October 25, 2015)
  • Week 48 Westbound (ETA Savannah November 23, 2015)
  • SCE
  • Week 43 E/B (ETA Xiamen October 20, 2015)
  • Week 48 W/B (ETA Savannah November 22, 2015)


Asia – North America West Coast Service
The G6 Alliance will temporarily suspend the Central China 2 (CC2) service between Asia and the North America West Coast during the winter period starting from Week 44.


  • The last sailing for CC2 will be on:
  • Week 43 E/B (ETA Ningbo October 18, 2015)
  • Week 45 W/B (ETA Long Beach November 5, 2015).


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.



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

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.




North America Rail Operations


BNSF – The mild fall weather in the North Region has helped BNSF crews as they complete this year’s capital expansion projects. Next week, more than 10 miles of new double-track will be placed into service on the BNSF’s Staples Subdivision in Minnesota, which runs between the Twin Cities and Dilworth, near the North Dakota state line. This is one of two new double-track segments that will be added along the Staples Subdivision this fall. The additional capacity will drive greater velocity improvement for Northern Corridor traffic moving to/from Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.


NS – Routes have reopened in the South Atlantic Region.  See details below.


Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major 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


  • TraPac is experiencing congestion.
  • Truck power has been sufficient to support local operations.
  • Chassis availability was tight last week at TraPac.




  • OICT was extremely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times averaged 58 minutes.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 3:00-3:30pm daily, except for Thursday, when duals cut off at 1:45pm due to ILWU stop-work meeting on the 2nd shift.
  • Trapac operations were extremely congested last week.  Gate turn times averaged 45 minutes.
    The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.
  • Oakland is extremely short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 10 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 32 minutes.  The terminal posts an announcement on their web site which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times averaged 23 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power.





  • 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 Terminal is very fluid.
  • Due to crane construction at Termont Terminal, OOCL services will not resume calling this port until later in the fall.



CN Halifax


  • The terminal remains very fluid and no intermodal containers dwelling for more than 3 days.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 103 minutes
  • GCT New York – 23 minutes
  • Maher – 44 minutes
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 0-2 days in the NYC metro area.
  • Chassis availability continues to be low in the area but many truckers are holding on to the ones they have in order to be able to make deliveries.
  • GCT Bayonne will be closing their chassis yard on 10/31/15. Columbia Depot will be operating a chassis yard about 1 mile from Global on Pulaski Street.
  • GCT Bayonne has had a team of people working on a Truck Reservation System for the past year. Delays in getting this launched as well as some issues discovered during testing resulted in a decision to slip the launch dates from November of this year to January of next year. Dates at this point are tentative until they see the revised software which is due in late October.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • The Port of Virginia has opened a new, off-terminal, container lot located in the city of Chesapeake. The drop lot is open to the trucking community and will function as a traditional drop lot – no interchange receipts issued; no maintenance work performed. This lot can be used by motor carriers as an interim location, parking containers on chassis prior to delivery. The new drop lot empowers drivers to exercise greater creativity and flexibility in planning their daily work.
  1. Address: 3104 Bromay Street, Chesapeake, 23321.
  2. Hours:
  3. Mon. – Thurs. from 0500 – 2359
  4. Fri. from 0500 – 1900
  5. Sat. from 0700 – 1700
  • Gate turn time at NIT was 40 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time was 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf.
  • Chassis are tight in Chicago, Columbus and Indianapolis.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal was moderately congested with gate turn times averaging 37 minutes.



South Atlantic                         

  • The Norfolk Southern (NS) has re-opened routes to/from Charleston from closures related to recent flooding. Most impacted was the route between Greer and Charleston due to limited trucking options from the CY. NS reports there is a 12-hour delay so all should plan accordingly. Most roads are open again in SC area, some deliveries may still require out of route miles due to secondary road and bridge closures.
  • Truck power for this region remains readily available.





  • 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