North America Operations Update

Week of November 16, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Panama Canal Delays


Since last week’s report there are some improvements reported by canal authority, idle time for non-booked vessels has come down to 4-5 days.  During the last G6 meeting it was decided to increase buffer time to 48 hrs in order to pre-book all west bound transit with two additional days in hand in order to ensure no further idling time. OOCL and G6 vessels pre-book canal crossings thus minimizing any delays.



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 are as follows:

  • NYE:
  • Week 44 Eastbound (Sailed)
  • Week 48 Westbound (ETA Savannah November 23, 2015)
  • SCE
  • Week 43 E/B (Sailed)
  • Week 48 W/B (ETA Savannah November 22, 2015)


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 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 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 passage of a strong cold front last week brought some high winds to much of the BNSF’s North and Central Regions and measurable snowfall to parts of the Rockies and Northern Plains.  In the Pacific Northwest, flood watches and wind advisories were in effect late last week for portions of western Washington as another strong system moved through the area. This same system could impact large portions of the network with high winds and some severe storms at the beginning of this week.


As the BNSF wraps up this year’s expansion projects in the North, their crews completed work on another new segment of double-track along the busy Glasgow Subdivision. More than 16 miles of new double-track were placed in service this week between Stanley and Williston in western North Dakota. This new double-track segment will provide additional capacity to manage traffic flows and long-term customer needs. Nearly 100 miles of new double-track have been added on this key North Region subdivision in the past two years.



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


  • In an effort to relieve congestion at TraPac, the G6 approved this week to discharge two blocks on this week’s SE2 vessel at Global Gateway South (GGC).  Approximately 200 OOCL intermodal containers will discharge at GGS and move via on dock rail to the inland hubs.
  • YTI will be participating in a project for the drayage community to have an additional tool available for advanced planning for import pick up from their facility. This proof of concept Forecast plan for vessel discharge will be posted for 4 weeks at http://www.yti.com/se3-discharge-time-project.html to validate if additional data assists the trucking community in planning their weekly delivery. Essentially they will post the forecast of all local cargo of approximate time when truckers can expect containers to be discharged and in open area of their yard. This will be done for the SE3 service.
  • Truck power remains stable.
  • Bare chassis supply at most Pool of Pool facilities is now surplus.





  • OICT was extremely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  Gate turn times averaged 68 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 3:15pm daily.  ILWU Local 10 will hold their regular Stop Work meeting on the 2nd shift of Thursday, November 19, 2015. All Terminal transactions must be completed and truckers out-gated by 17:00 NO EXCEPTIONS; OICT will reopen its gates again at 7am on November 20th.
  • Trapac operations were moderately congested last week.  Gate turn times averaged 38 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 for eight 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 32 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 29 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power.
  • PDX is deficit on 40HQ.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 2.4 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from DeltaPort Terminal.  Due to weather the terminal was closed last Thursday.  Deltaport and Centerm Terminals are fluid.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid and there are no intermodal imports dwelling more than 3 days.



CN Halifax


  • The terminal remains very fluid and no intermodal containers dwelling for more than 3 days.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 89 minutes
  • GCT New York – 17 minutes
  • Maher – 44 minutes
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 0-2 days in the NYC metro area.
  • Effective on Monday, 11/16/15, GCT New York will be closing the terminal for lunch. While they will make every effort to process all drivers before the break, history tells us that there will probably be slowdowns for a couple of weeks.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 41 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 Columbus.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal was highly congested following the implementation of new N4 terminal operating system.  In addition, the terminal has not provided a gate turn-time report since the new system was installed.  According to local truckers, they are averaging 90-120 minutes per transaction.



South Atlantic                         

  • Normal service between Charleston and Greer, SC, 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 this Friday, November 20th.
  • 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.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America