North America Operations Update

Week of July 18, 2016


Dear valued OOCL Customer,



Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Update


  • Customers are encouraged to provide timely and accurate VGM data through our efficient and convenient “E-Submission channels” outlined at www.oocl.com under ‘Resource Center’.  For manual submission option information please see below.


  • Please consult with our local office representatives in your region for further information.



  • Reminder that VGM weights must include the container tare weight in in pounds or kilograms only in the VGM.


  • VGM Cutoff Schedule for Electronic and Manual submissions in the Excel file below.



USA Load Ports


  • S. Marine Terminal Load Port Delivery Cargo and U.S. Intermodal Cargo Off-Dock Rail
  • In lieu of customer’s VGM submission, OOCL will accept marine terminal weight as VGM equivalent.
  • S. Intermodal Cargo On-Dock Rail
  • OOCL will either use the terminal provided gate weights or use the certified gross cargo weight declared by the Shipper from the rail billing and adding the container tare weight to produce a VGM and submit on behalf of the Shipper.


Canada and Mexico Load Ports


For electronic VGM submission:

  • VGM cut will be 1200 day of marine terminal cargo cut for any vessels cutting off at 1600 or later.  For those vessels with a marine terminal cargo cut off before 1600, the VGM cutoff will be 1600 the prior day.  If the marine terminal cargo cutoff is on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the VGM cutoff will be calculated as if the marine terminal cargo cutoff were at 1600 on the prior business day.


For manual VGM submission:

  • OOCL encourages electronic submission to avoid potential delays in loading cargo on vessels.
  • VGM cutoff will be 1600 business day prior to the VGM electronic submission date.
  • OOCL will accept manual submissions of VGM to OOCL, however, the only acceptable method for VGM submission will be via the excel spreadsheet below submitted via email.
  • Below is guidance for manual submissions via this Excel Form:
  • Email the completed spreadsheet form to mailin@oocl.com
  • This VGM email account is an automated account to upload data from the excel spreadsheet included below. Any VGM submissions other than those contained in the designated spreadsheet will not be processed.
  • The “Authorized Person” must be entered in ALL CAPS.
  • You will receive an email confirmation that your manual submission was received.
  • Required Fields:
  • Carrier (OOCL)
  • Booking #
  • Container #
  • Verified Gross Mass (Cannot exceed 3 decimal places)
  • VGM Unit (Kilograms or Pounds)
  • Authorized Person




North America Rail Operations – BNSF


The maintenance crews remain very active throughout the network, particularly in the North Region. The work being conducted, which includes rail replacement, new rail tie installation, track undercutting and bridge construction, can create service challenges but is essential to ensuring the safety of the railroad.  BNSF will continue to implement procedures, such as the re-routing of some traffic, to minimize service disruption.


The hottest weather of the summer thus far is expected for much of the central Plains during the latter part of this week. Near triple-digit temperatures will stretch from Texas northward into the Dakotas and the upper Midwest, including the Twin Cities.  BNSF will be monitoring these conditions closely and conducting more frequent inspections to ensure safety.  Additional procedures, including temporary speed restrictions along portions of the Northern Corridor, may be imposed if necessary.



OCEAN Alliance


CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a new alliance, the OCEAN Alliance.  Subject to regulatory approvals of the competent authorities, the new alliance plans to begin operations in April 2017.  Additional information can be found here.



Service Updates


G6 Service CC1 Vessel Maintenance Schedule and Port of Los Angeles California United Terminal (CUT) Service Change


Please be advised that owing to the 6 week Vessel Maintenance Schedule for the CC1 Service there will be no CC1 service Transpacific vessel call at the Port of Los Angeles California United Terminal (CUT) for weeks 25 through 30. G6 alternate loop service vessels will be calling CUT weeks 25 and 27-30 instead of the proforma G6 terminal. OOCL import arrival notices and export booking acknowledgments will reflect CUT as the location terminal for the specific vessel/voyages.


The revised schedule at CUT is provided below.


Week Service Vessel ETD Los Angeles ETA Los Angeles
25 CC2 OOCL UTAH Voyage 006E/007W 7/7/2016 7/10/2016




27 SC2 OOCL GENOA Voyage 008E/009W 7/19/2016 7/23/2016
28 CC4 APL MINNESOTA Voyage 047E/048W 7/30/2016 8/2/2016
29 SE2 MOL CREATION Voyage 8/8/2016 8/12/2016
30 SC1 APL PHOENIX 8/15/2016 8/18/2016



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.





Truck Power


Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups is adequate except for certain ports where terminal congestion is causing delays, especially in Oakland.

  • 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


  • Improvements with on-dock rail productivity at LBCT Pier E this week helped to ensure intermodal cargo was expedited.
  • Trapac’s on dock rail service remains on schedule to go live later this month, first with some WB cargo and then EB cargo in early August; although startup will be slow, some OOCL cargo is expected to move on dock as it will be the BNSF initially calling TRAPAC.
  • Moderate chassis shortages reported at various terminals/facilities last week, particularly for 20’.  Truck power is adequate in Southern California.





  • OICT
  • Moderately congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates. Gate turn times averaged 57 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early at 2:30pm daily.  OICT was low on pool chassis all week.
  • Has reinstated a 4-day vessel receiving window for exports.
  • The ILWU will hold their regular Stop Work Meeting at OICT on the second shift on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
  • OICT has implemented a $30 per loaded import and export container fee to support weeknight and Saturday gate operations. All loaded containers will be assessed the fee.
  • Trapac operations were severely congested last week. Gate turn times averaged 64 minutes. The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.
  • 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 24 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 congested.  Gate turn times averaged 37 minutes.
  • Seattle-Tacoma is adequate on truck power and equipment supply.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 2 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal and has experienced slight ITM dwelling over the past week.
  • Vanterm Terminal has experienced slight ITM dwelling over the past week.
  • Centerm Terminal is experiencing some very minor dwell times.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals experienced some very minor dwell times last week.



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain very fluid with very minor container dwelling issues reported at Ceres Terminal.  There are no ITM containers dwelling at Halterm Terminal.



New York Terminals


  • In light of the NYX service start-up (July 7th) GCT Bayonne will run four consecutive Sunday gates. They will run on July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 0600-1300. No OOG or reefer will be handled.
  • GCT Bayonne Truck Management (Appointment) System – Due to some recent technical issues GCT Bayonne will be delaying implementation of the system from the previously announced dates. They will advise later this week of new dates for implementation. There have been 53 motor carriers who have received training on the system.
  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 84 minutes
  • GCT New York – 20 minutes
  • Maher – 64 minutes
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in NYC.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 51 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf with new dispatches being accepted for 3-4 days out.
  • Equipment supply is adequate throughout both regions with the exception of 40’ GP in Chicago, Minneapolis and Houston.
  • Chassis are adequate throughout the region.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal
  • Normal operations.  Average gate turn times: 55 minutes.
  • New Orleans Napoleon Terminal is operating normally.



South Atlantic                         

  • South Carolina State Ports new gate system is scheduled to start on Aug 13th at the North Charleston Terminal.
  • Truck power for this region remains adequate, standard 1-2 day notice.





  • Maine Terminal operations in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.
  • Equipment in Veracruz and Altamira:  20’ & 40’ GP and 40’ HQ surplus, 40’ RQ adeqaute.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America