We are very grateful that the OOCL staff puts all these details together on a weekly basis. Here now the latest version:






North America Operations Update

Week of August 31, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Dangerous Goods Shipments to South China


In the aftermath of the explosion occurring mid-August in the Xingang port area of the city of Tianjin, OOCL is not able to accept dangerous goods/hazardous cargo for discharge at Xingang Port/Tianjin until restrictions are removed by the Xingang Port Authority.  DG shipments to the remainder of China ports are also under certain limited restrictions.  Affected customers are being sent daily customer advisories to keep them informed of the developments.


For further information we recommend our customers refer to the Local News section of our OOCL.com China page located here.


West Coast Labor Update – Port of Oakland


OOCL Marine Operations Status update


The Port of Oakland released notes and background information from their Port Efficiency Task Force (PETF) meeting, held August 6.



Due to this congestion, numerous services will be omitting OAK as below:




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.



Vessel/Loop Deployment Changes


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.


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:

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


Please note that the BNSF Railroad has shortened its hours of free time and increased its daily storage charges on August 17, 2015. The BNSF will also be counting 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).


BNSF operations experienced mostly steady performance and good fluidity across the network last week except for track delays for the LAX – Fort Worth/Dallas corridor. Minor service interruptions associated with ongoing maintenance and capital expansion as well as the wildfire situation in the Pacific Northwest contributed to a small spike in total trains held.


The wildfires in northwestern Montana have impacted normal train operations through the area. The Sheep Fire, located near Essex, Montana along the Hi-Line Subdivision, expanded last week.



Truck Power


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


  • Except for Pier A (CC2), reports of terminal congestion were down this week.
  • Truck power continues to be in good supply, aided by improved rail schedules and increased railcar supply to support On Dock Intermodal.


  • Chassis shortages are being reported throughout the LAX/LGB harbor area.




  • OICT was extremely congested this week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times averaged 57 minutes.   Labor shortages and chronic yard congestion are compounded by severe chassis shortages.
  • Trapac operations were moderately congested this week.  Gate turn times averaged 40 minutes.
  • Both terminals will be closed on Monday, September 7th, for the Labor Day Holiday.
  • Oakland is extremely short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 10-14 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 which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times averaged 33 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 fairly fluid.



CN Montreal


  • CAST Terminal is improving but fluid.
  • 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 short, currently nothing for Intermodal delivery is dwelling beyond two days.



New York Terminals


  • In anticipation of peak season and the overall increase in volume within the port, GCT Bayonne will open the gates on Saturdays until further notice.  They will receive and deliver dry containers only.  No reefers, whether empty or full will be handled and no OOG Containers.  The hours will be from 0600 until 1330.  At that point they will finish all trucks remaining in the yard and queue. The chassis depot will open at 6AM and close at 1 PM for pickups and close at 2 PM for drop offs.
  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 96 minutes
  • GCT New York – 19 minutes
  • Maher – 49 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 45 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time was 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power is now adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf.
  • Chassis are tight in Dallas.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal reported moderate congestion with gate turn times averaging 35 minutes.  The terminal will be closed on Monday, September 7th, for the Labor Day holiday.



South Atlantic                         

  • BNSF began charging storage for Sundays which has created congestion and delays on Monday mornings as trucks arrive to pickup cargo discharged over the weekend to avoid storage.
  • Export equipment remains in good supply at all South Atlantic locations.
  • Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated and no impact to the region as of today.





  • 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