North America Operations Update

Week of December 21, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Due to the upcoming holidays, the next Operations Update will be sent on Tuesday, January 12th.


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


The last sailings of the temporarily suspended NYE and SCE services have all sailed.


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.


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.


Trans-Atlantic Trade – Winter Program


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


Gateway Express 2 (GEX2) service

  • Westbound:  No sailing from Southampton on December 28, 2015
  • Eastbound:  No sailing from Montreal on December 31, 2015


Atlantic Express 1 (AX1) service

  • Westbound:  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:  No sailing from Southampton on January 2, 2016
  • Eastbound:  No sailing from Veracruz on January 23, 2016



Other Vessel and Terminal Information


Terminal and Rail Gate Schedules for Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s



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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 – Weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest remain challenging as frequent storms continue to impact portions of Washington and Oregon. Heavy rain triggered a rockslide last this week on the BNSF’s Fallbridge Subdivision in Southern Washington causing brief delays for several trains. More rain, with heavy snow in the higher elevations, is expected into this week for much of the Northwest. BNSF maintenance crews will continue to conduct additional track inspections and make all necessary repairs as quickly as possible.



Truck Power


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.



Pacific Southwest


  • No significant congestion reported last week at the marine terminals.





  • OICT was extremely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times inside the gates averaged 70 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 2:30 and 2:45pm daily. Evergreen service at the Ben Nutter Oakland Terminal will shift to OICT for a few weeks. OICT has been requested to offer expanded extra gate operations during this period.
  • Trapac operations were congested last week.  Gate turn times averaged 32 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 extremely short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted less than 1 week 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 very congested. Gate turn times averaged 37 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 very congested.  Gate turn times averaged 35 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power.
  • SEA, PDX and TCM are severely deficit on 40HQ.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 3 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal.
  • Rail operations at Deltaport are fluid, ground count is quite high due to vessel bunching. Even with steps being taken to divert some intermodal freight to Vanterm dwell times are expected to rise early this week, but CN is working towards a zero ground count before Christmas.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid and there are only three intermodal imports dwelling more than five days at CAST and Termont.



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain very fluid and no intermodal containers dwelling more than 3 days at Ceres Terminal.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 89 minutes
  • GCT New York – 24 minutes
  • Maher – 44 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 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.  Door deliveries in Houston are being delayed by Barbour’s Cut terminal congestion.
  • Chassis are very tight in Columbus and Chicago.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Gate turn times averaged 48 minutes.



South Atlantic                         

  • Truck power for this region remains readily available and equipment supply is adequate for all locations.





  • 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