We are very grateful that OOCL USA keeps us informed as follows:
Dear valued OOCL Customer,
North America Rail Operations
BNSF has advised they are limiting volumes ex Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St Paul, and Omaha en-route to Seattle and Tacoma terminals. This is due to the elevated terminal and online inventory headed to these destinations. As needed, alternative gateway routings will be put into place.
· Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern. Our Operation colleagues continue to bring on new trucks.
· 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
- As advised in last week’s newsletter, the members of the G6 Alliance have announced the temporary suspension of the Central China (CC2) service between Asia and the U S West Coast until further notice. The last sailing for CC2 will be OOCL Italy departing from Shanghai on October 31. All ports called by CC2 will be covered by other G6 Alliance services and our Service Route maps have been updated accordingly.
Many of the Southern California marine terminals remain highly congested, although there are a few notable exceptions such as Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT). However, even with the most highly congested facilities, the dayside or 1st shift gates remain fluid with relatively short truck queues and light yard traffic. Importers are encouraged to pick up during the 1st shift whenever possible as the transaction time is typically much shorter than the 2nd shift or pier pass gates.
Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT)
- Overall, OOCL dwell time remains low at LBCT.
- On most days, motor carriers may expect the following when visiting LBCT:
- Healthy supply of 40’ bare chassis
- Reasonable gate queues and turn times
- Consistent weekly gate schedules
- Adequate sufficiency of manning
- LBCT continues to offer additional Friday evening gates.
Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal
- GGS has converted back to a grounded operation for import delivery.
- GGS has changed the rules on the appointment system and they are now instructing motor carriers to reschedule any missed appointments.
Pacific Container Terminal (PCT)
- Due to congestion the terminal is moving all custom cleared 40’ import local and store door delivery containers to an off dock depot facility (Shippers Transport) where it will remain on wheels for pick up. It may take up to three days to be transferred to the off dock facility. Importers are encouraged to monitor the SSA website for availability which will specify if the cargo is on terminal or at the off dock depot.
- Terminal productivity and chassis supply continue to improve.
Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI)
- Yard congestion and chassis shortages continue prolonging turn times and resulting in on dock rail delays.
- The congestion has forced YTI to slow import discharge from current working vessels which, in turn, has led to berth congestion and delayed vessel arrival.
- The chassis shortage seems to be easing a bit as many terminals are now starting the day with bare chassis.
- Dispatchers should contact the GACP to determine chassis supply and to identify alternative pick up locations if required.
USA Midwest & South Central
- St Paul and Houston are all experiencing high volume and the BNSF is asking that containers out-gate as quickly as possible to alleviate congestion at the ramps.
- COCP Chassis Pool (Chicago & Midwest locations) has reached stress levels for 40’ & 45’.
- The DCCP (Denver Chassis Pool) is short of chassis and many import loads have been grounded at rail terminals. DCCP is also not releasing bare chassis for export shipments.
- Oakland – OICT chassis inventory is adequate.
Oakland, Tacoma & Seattle
OICT will run a night gate on Nov.5th from 6pm- 3am for exports and empties in, empties out, and import deliveries at a cost of $50 per transaction that will be invoiced directly to the motor carrier doing the move; this is coordinated directly by OICT mgmt and the trucker.
- Tacoma – Washington United Terminal (WUT) remains congested due to import loads dwelling caused by ongoing rail car shortages.
- Intermodal operations at both DeltaPort and Centerm Terminals are reported as normal.
- The CN had adequate cars on hand or enroute to evacuate the current intermodal containers at both CAST and Termont Terminals.
New York Terminals
- All NYC marine terminals will be open on Election Day (Nov 4th) with the exception of Global Container Terminal (GCT) New York.
Norfolk International Terminal
- Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) has extended the peak season operating hours for this weekend. NIT will be open on 11/8 from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
- Norfolk marine terminals will be open on Election Day (Nov 4th).
- The Empty Return Policy Matrix will be moved from the http://www.vit.org website to the http://track.portofvirginia.com website on Wednesday, November 5th.
- Intermodal operations in the region are reported as normal.
- Trucking services and Rail services are normal.
For further information please visit www.oocl.com.