North America Operations Update



Week of September 28, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Dangerous Goods Shipments to South China


In the aftermath of the explosion occurring mid-August in the Xingang port area of the city of Tianjin, OOCL is not able to accept dangerous goods/hazardous cargo for discharge at Xingang Port/Tianjin until restrictions are removed by the Xingang Port Authority.  DG shipments to the remainder of China ports are also under certain limited restrictions.  Affected customers are being sent customer advisories to keep them informed of the developments.


For further information we recommend our customers refer to the Local News section of our OOCL.com China page located here.


West Coast Labor Update – Port of Oakland


Vessel Update from Port of Oakland:

The Port said an increase in longshore labor on the waterfront is helping to absorb volume growth.  About 150 more dockworkers are being deployed at Oakland’s five marine terminals. With added labor, the Port said it has cleared a summer backlog of ships waiting to berth.


Due to previous congestion, numerous services have been omitting OAK on a short term basis as below.  This is the final week of these scheduled omissions.


Service Vessel   Voyage Proforma ETA Oakland
PA2 APL Qatar 034W September 30, 2015
SC1 APL Latvia 019W October 03, 2015



The cargo availability of local import cargo after vessel berthing is still subject to man-power availability and chassis shortages. OOCL export customers with changes in cargo cutoffs are being issued revised booking confirmations.



Vessel/Loop Deployment Changes


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.


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


The BNSF operation generated steady performance this week with velocity for locomotives, trains and cars remaining strong. BNSF crews are making great progress toward completing this year’s capital maintenance program. As many projects wrap up over the next several weeks, the BNSF will have replaced nearly 950 miles of rail, 3.5 million ties and conducted nearly 22,000 miles of ballast work, which can include removing and replacing the rock beside and underneath the track.


Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern as we head into the peak season 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


  • Some increased congestion at TraPac reported this past week due to automation blocks being intermittently down and truckers waiting on chassis
  • System issues at Pier A caused some congestion on Thursday but problem was resolved relatively quickly.
  • Truck power remained relatively stable last week.
  • Chassis supply/imbalance continues across the harbor.  This past week TraPac and YTI were extremely short of 40’ chassis.





  • OICT was extremely congested last week with long lines of trucks outside the terminal gates.  .  Gate turn times averaged 58 minutes.
  • Trapac operations were congested last week.   Gate turn times averaged 32 minutes.
    The terminal is holding a 3-day vessel receiving window for exports.
  • 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 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 31 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 fairly fluid.



CN Montreal


  • 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.



CN Halifax


  • Terminal dwell times are short, currently there are no containers for Intermodal delivery that are dwelling beyond two days.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 90 minutes
  • GCT New York – 18 minutes
  • Maher – 57 minutes
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 0-2 days in the NYC metro area.
  • On Mon. Sept. 28th, the APMT inbound gate cut-off hours will change to 5:00PM for dry loads and empties, 4:00 PM for live reefers.


Norfolk International Terminal


  • NIT (ORF08)’s existing North Gate must close in order to expedite the terminal construction process. A closing date is set for Friday, October 9, 2015. To minimize the impact of that gate closure, the following steps will be taken:
  1. Redirecting ALL North Gate transactions to the South Gate interchange: All cargo and equipment transactions previously utilizing the North Gate (less than 10 percent of daily terminal transactions) will be redirected to the South Gate interchange.
  2. The Norfolk Chassis Yard (NCY) will close on October 9 – all chassis assets moved on-terminal.
  3. The MP-31 lot, currently used for holding and staging damaged containers, will be relocated within NIT.
  • Gate turn time at NIT was 49 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 tight in Chicago and Cleveland and extremely short in Columbus and Indianapolis.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal was moderately congested with gate turn times averaging 41 minutes.



South Atlantic                         

  • Rail delays are increasing for single 20’ export containers as they wait for a container match to load a rail car before proceeding to the load port.  20’ intermodal bookings need to be submitted in even number of container lots to facilitate rail car bottom well loading.
  • Truck power for SAR locations 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