North America Operations Update
Week of October 26, 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:
- Week 44 Eastbound (Sailed)
- Week 48 Westbound (ETA Savannah November 23, 2015)
- Week 43 E/B (Sailed)
- 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 (Sailed)
- 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
Information for export cargo container receiving windows as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on OOCL.com.
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 – While much of the BNSF’s North and Central Regions continue to experience favorable weather, heavy rain occurred across parts of the southern Plains and along the Gulf Coast this past weekend. BNSF crews have been ready to respond to any track washouts and they will implement procedures, such as re-routing traffic, to alleviate any service issues as much as possible.
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.
- TraPac is experiencing congestion. Terminal Mgt recommends drivers to pick up import containers on Saturday and Sunday when congestion is significantly less.
- Truck power has been sufficient to support local operations.
- Chassis supply has improved slightly last week.
- OICT was extremely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates. Gate turn times averaged 62 minutes. OICT is sponsoring a night gate this week Tuesday/Wednesday October . 27-28, from 6pm to 3am for empty returns only. This is a terminal initiative and no gate fees will be charged to carriers or truckers for this service. We highly encourage our customers and truckers to participate.
- Trapac operations were extremely congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 53 minutes.
The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports. Trapac was very short of pool chassis (all sizes) every day last week. Also, Trapac had gate delays again this morning due to labor filling late and the labor that has arrived is inexperienced and unfamiliar with the terminal’s system. We anticipate long lines and delays for truckers if this continues.
- 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 31 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 25 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.
- 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.
- The terminal remains very fluid and no intermodal containers dwelling for more than 2 days.
New York Terminals
- Gate turn times:
- GCT Bayonne – 101 minutes
- GCT New York – 21 minutes
- Maher – 48 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.
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.
- Address: 3104 Bromay Street, Chesapeake, 23321.
- Mon. – Thurs. from 0500 – 2359
- Fri. from 0500 – 1900
- 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 very tight in Chicago, Columbus and Indianapolis.
- HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal was moderately congested with gate turn times averaging 37 minutes.
- Traffic between Charleston and Greer, SC is still delayed by 12 hours, resulting in at least one day additional for availability due to train arrives in late PM and working the next morning. Normal service will not resume until a bridge is replaced north of Columbia, SC which is on a major portion of the NS mainline. Latest projected date is now pushed back 5 days to November 13th.
- 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.
OOCL North America