North America Operations Update

Week of February 16, 2016


Dear valued OOCL Customer,



Prohibited Commodities


In our commitment to sustainability and best practices in the industry, we would like to inform you that OOCL will not accept cargo bookings for whale, shark, and dolphin, and their related products with immediate effect.



Port of Oakland News


The Port of Oakland on February 10 announced a plan to shift cargo away from terminals now being handled by a bankrupt terminal operator, saying it will pay up to $1.5 million to financially bolster operators being asked to handle the extra containers. Ships that use Outer Harbor Terminal, which recently filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will instead be berthed at adjacent terminals. Most ships and cargo from Outer Harbor Terminal will relocate to Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) in the port’s middle harbor. The rest will go to another terminal in the outer harbor, TraPac. “We have three objectives with this plan,” port Executive Director Christopher Lytle said. “We will find a home for all ships that come to Oakland, we will improve cargo-handling processes to move cargo efficiently, and we’ll meet the needs of shippers in Oakland.” The $1.5 million would help terminal operators open gates at night and on weekends for truckers that are picking up or dropping off containers. The port acknowledged that its first-ever long-term program for night and weekend gates will be crucial to its quest to navigate out of the current maelstrom of difficulties. “The terminals can’t move all of this additional cargo between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.,” Lytle said. “We need a smooth, seamless transition from Outer Harbor Terminal, and weekend and night gates will make a huge difference.”



Rail Billing Website Change


Rail billing for export intermodal general cargo (FAK) must be submitted on-line via https://sp.oocl.com



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


In response to seasonal changes in the market demand, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following post-Chinese New Year sailings for Asia – North America East Coast services:


North & Central China East Coast Express (NCE) service

  • No sailing from Pusan on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from N. America March 20-26, 2016 (week 12)


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.


A 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) service remains the primary route for Busan Cargo.


In response to seasonal changes in the market demand, we would like to inform you of the withdrawal of the following post-Chinese New Year sailings for Asia – North America West Coast services:


South China 2 (SC2) service

  • No sailing from Dachan Bay on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America February 28 – March 05, 2016 (week 9)

Southeast Asia 2 (SE2) service

  • No sailing from Laem Chabang on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)


North Pacific 3 (NP3) service

  • No sailing from Qingdao on February 14, 2016 (week 7)
  • No sailing from North America March 06-12 (week 10)



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

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 divergence in weather conditions around the network, particularly from one end of the Southern Transcon to the other, will be quite extreme early this week. As areas of southern California and the desert Southwest experience record high temperatures in the mid 80’s, frigid weather is moving into the Northern Plains and upper Midwest, with single-digit to below-zero temperatures expected in many locations, including Chicago. Although rain is likely in the Pacific Northwest, no major winter snowstorms are expected to impact the network this week.



Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a concern in the Northeast and along portions of 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


  • TraPac terminal experienced system issues last week which impacted the automation operations.  The problem was fixed within a few hours and there was minimal impact to cargo dwell.
  • Long Beach Container Terminal’s (LBCT) Pier E will have several stages of openings.  One of the first stages is empty receiving/delivery which is expected to start on March 11th.  Additional information/updates will be forthcoming.
  • Trucker outreach forums will be held at LBCT on February 17 and 22 to introduce the appointment system which will be implemented when the LBCT Pier E operation starts up in March.
  • Truck power was in good supply this week.
  • Chassis supply was tight for 20’s and 45’s last week at TraPac and LBCT.





  • OICT was highly congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates. Gate turn times averaged 62 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off at 2:30 daily.   OICT was low on pool chassis all week.  Several import delivery lanes were closed this week.
  • Trapac operations were highly congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 50 minutes.  .  The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.  Trapac ran out of 20’ pool chassis every day last week.
  • Oakland is short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 7 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 operating normally. Gate turn times averaged 27 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 operating normally.  Gate turn times averaged 30 minutes.
  • Seattle-Tacoma is tight on truck power.
  • Tacoma equipment supply is adequate.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 2 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal.  Rail operations at Deltaport are fluid, ground count is quite high due to yard congestion and ongoing construction at the terminal.
  • Vanterm Terminal is experiencing short dwell time for OOCL containers at this time.
  • Centerm Terminal is also experiencing short dwell times.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid with 53 ITM import containers dwelling 3 days or less at CAST.  There is no ITM dwelling at Termont.



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain very fluid. There are 34 intermodal containers dwelling one day at Halterm Terminal.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 86 minutes
  • GCT New York – 22 minutes
  • Maher – 52 minutes
  • The Sunday gate continues at GCT Bayonne this week. Hours are from 0600 until 1300. No reefers or OOG/Awkward cargo will be handled. This gate is expected to continue at least until the end of February.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 43 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf.
  • Equipment supply is adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf with the exception of 40GPs in Chicago and Houston.
  • Chassis are adequate throughout the region.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Gate turn times averaged 57 minutes.
  • New Orleans Napoleon Terminal operating normally.
  • We have moved into a new container depot in Houston on Monday, February 01.  The new facility is WWinners.



South Atlantic                         

  • Truck power for this region remains adequate.
  • In an effort to further enhance reliability, velocity and truck productivity in the Port of Charleston, the South Carolina Ports Authority is augmenting Saturday container gate hours for all lines beginning January 23, 2016:
  1. Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with no lunch closures.
  2. Motor Carriers attempting to perform dual missions must enter the lanes by 12:00 p.m.
  3. Motor Carriers attempting to perform single missions must enter the lanes by 12:30 p.m.
  4. Please keep in mind that Motor Carriers cannot deliver or receive loaded running reefers on Saturdays.
  5. Above times do not apply to holiday gates when on Saturdays.





  • Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.  The Marine terminals were both closed on Wednesday and Thursday last week because of bad weather
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America