North America Operations Update

Week of 18 May, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


US west coast cargo operations cleanup efforts resulting from the backlog caused by the previous months of labor slowdowns and extreme terminal congestion continue.  Estimates are that the cleanup efforts will be ongoing for the next couple of weeks.  We will continue to keep you informed of the progress.

West Coast Labor Update


ILWU contract – Final tally of votes by rank and file members to take place May 22nd.


North America Rail Operations


Severe weather caused service disruptions last week, particularly in the South Region. Heavy rain, which caused several track washouts, and high winds affected traffic flows through north Texas and Oklahoma. With the expectation of more unfavorable weather this week, the BNSF is proactively implementing procedures to maximize safety and minimize further impacts on fluidity through this corridor. Train speed restrictions were put into effect Wednesday evening for 11 subdivisions in Texas and Oklahoma. The BNSF is also increasing the frequency of track inspections along those subdivisions and re-routing train traffic as much as possible around this area.  We should expect delays of 48 – 72 hours for OOCL containers moving to/fm Dallas & Houston.


Truck Power


Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern especially in the Midwest, Gulf, Northeast, Portland, and Northern and Southern California.

  • There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.
  • There are no truck power issues in Canada and Mexico.
  • Please see our Truck Power Map on OOCL.com for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.



Vessel/Loop Deployment Changes


Terminal First Receiving Date information site link for export cargo container receiving as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on OOCL.com USA and Canada web sites.


Summer Schedule Changes Below is an outline of summer schedule changes.  For full details of the Transpacific Summer schedule changes please click here and for the Transatlantic changes here:

Transpacific Service Resumptions



Port rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Los Angeles / Long Beach – Ningbo.

First Sailing:  ETA Long Beach, 04 June 2015



Port rotation: Kaohsiung – Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Savannah – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Kaohsiung

First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 29 June 2015



Port rotation: Xiamen – Kaohsiung – Da Chan Bay – Hong Kong – Yantian – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – Kingston – Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Xiamen

First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 28 June 2015

Transpacific Service Enhancements



This service will be upgraded to include the port of Qingdao.

New port rotation: Qingdao – Shanghai – Kwangyang – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Pusan – Kwangyang – Qingdao

Effective voyage:  ETA Los Angele,s 04 June 2015



This service will be adjusted to focus on connecting the Korean and Japanese markets with North America.

New port rotation: Tokyo – Kobe – Pusan – Balboa – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Miami – Jacksonville – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Manzanillo (Panama) –  Panama Canal – Balboa – Los Angeles – Oakland –  Tokyo

Effective voyage:  ETA Miami, 21 June 2015


Note; the SE1 and CC3 servcies for the G6 are being phased out.  The last westbound sailing for the CC3 will be from Oakland on June 1st and for the SE1 from Los Angeles on June 6th.


Pacific Coast Port Call ChangesTo assist with vessel service recovery resulting from U.S. West Coast port congestion the following service changes will take place:

PA1 – Temporary Los Angeles Port Omission:  In order to help ease the current congestion at the Port of Los Angeles; the G6 Alliance has taken the step of implementing a temporary omission of an eastbound port call at Los Angeles for the PA1 service through May. The service will continue to call Port of Oakland.

During this temporary period of PA1 port call omission at the Port of Los Angeles, you are encouraged to use our alternative CC1, CC3 (until ?), CC4 and JPX services for your Transpacific shipments. For Transatlantic shipments, there is no all water alternative during this time period.  For alternate land bridge routing for your Transatlantic shipments during this period, please contact your Sales Representative. Service maps and schedules for all our services are available at www.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.



Pacific Southwest

  • At YTI there was some improvement with dwelling containers for on dock rail, however, terminal congestion is still impacting intermodal velocity for both east and westbound.  All G6 lines reporting the same operational experience.
  • TraPac still experiencing significant congestion.
  • CUT is experiencing import rail departure delays.
  • LBCT and GGS not reporting any significant congestion issues this week.
  • Chassis supply levels are critically short at TraPac and GGS marine Terminals.
  • G6 terminals will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday.




  • OICT was extremely congested this past week.  Gate turn times averaged over an hour.
  • OICT will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were moderately congested and turn times averaged 32 minutes.
  • Trapac will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.


Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT was normal last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.  Gate turn times average 30 minutes.
  • WUT will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times now average 24 minutes.
  • T-18 will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Portland regional congestion continued for Portland to/from Seattle or Tacoma.





  • CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to Vancouver Terminals to cover the current demand, however, both of our Vancouver Terminals remain extremely fluid.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Truck power issues continue to impact many Midwestern cities.  See the truck power map linked above.
  • Chassis shortages are also having an impact in Columbus and Indianapolis.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday.



CN Montreal


  • Dwell times for intermodal containers was slightly improved last week.

CN Halifax


  • Dwell times for intermodal containers remained steady last week at 6-9 days.


New York Terminals


  • All terminals will be closed on Memorial Day.
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • The Port of Virginia has modified their receiving policy in an attempt to accommodate long haul drivers negatively impacted by vessel schedule changes. The complete announcement can be found here.
  • The port will maintain its Saturday gate hours at Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) through Saturday, June 27.
  • NIT will be open on Monday, May 25th Memorial Day.



South Atlantic

  • Norfolk Southern CHS ramp still reporting heavy congestion. Ramp thinks they will be caught up by next week.
  • Memphis traffic experienced heavy increase due to industry surge from West Coast backlog.


  • Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America