North America Operations Update

Week of November 23, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Thanksgiving (USA) Holiday Gate Closures


Please use this link to see a list of Thanksgiving gate closures for the terminals and rails in the United States this Thursday, November 26th.



Panama Canal Delays


Although Panama Canal congestion continues, it has improved since last week.  As of last week, transit capacity at the Panama Canal remains at about 37 vessels per day.  The latest advisory stated that as of Friday, Booking Condition 1, which is considered normal transit booking conditions, have been implemented with a few exceptions. G6 vessels arrange for pre-booking of the canal crossing and therefore have experienced minimal delays of up to a maximum of 5 hours.



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 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 – During the past few weeks, severe weather across the BNSF network has presented periodic challenges to the operation. Heavy rain and high winds, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and the BNSF’s Central Region, caused train delays and service interruptions affecting several subdivisions.



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, 200 OOCL intermodal containers discharged last week at GGS and moved via on dock rail to the inland hubs.  This allowed our house trucker to catch up and clean out long dwelling import containers at TraPac.
  • TraPac opened a 7th automation block (trans row) this past Monday and another block Thursday which will improve container distribution and result in better traffic flow and reduced dwell.
  • 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 65 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages.  Dual transactions were shut off early between 2:30 and 3:30pm daily.
  • Trapac operations were severely congested last week.  Gate turn times averaged 58 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 34 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 32 minutes.
  • SEA-TCM is tight on truck power.
  • PDX is deficit on 40HQ.





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 2.2 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport Terminal.  Deltaport and Centerm Terminals are fluid. High winds resulted in terminal operations being shut down for a portion of two days last week.



CN Montreal


  • CAST and Termont Terminals are very fluid and there are no intermodal imports dwelling more than 3 days at CAST and none at Termont.



CN Halifax


  • The terminal remains very fluid and no intermodal containers dwelling for more than 2 days.



New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 78 minutes
  • GCT New York – 25 minutes
  • Maher – 45 minutes
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 0-2 days in the NYC metro area.
  • Last Saturday, November 21, was likely the last Saturday gate for GCT Bayonne as it has been extremely underutilized.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 39 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 remained congested following the implementation of new N4 terminal operating system.  Gate turn times averaged 65 minutes, however, the terminal showed some improvement by Friday.



South Atlantic                         

  • Normal NS rail 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 delayed now until Monday, November 30th.
  • 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