Again, thanks to OOCL for their excellent report and thanks to our friends in USA to pass this on! Please see here below the details put together by the OOCL team in USA:
North America Operations Update
Week of 13 April, 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 a few weeks. We will continue to keep you informed of the progress.
North America Rail Operations
The BNSF network continues to generate good fluidity as it builds momentum from the solid gains achieved over the past few weeks. This week also marks the start of the BNSF’s peak capital maintenance period for the year. Finally, they have now taken delivery of more than 100 new locomotives. With these additional locomotives, they continue to ensure they are well-positioned to manage demand surges and provide trains with the power needed.
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, 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
Pacific Coast Port Call Changes: To assist with vessel service recovery resulting from U.S. West Coast port congestion the following service changes will take place:
NP1 service will temporarily shift the Tacoma port call to Seattle. Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Tacoma will now route via Seattle per below.
OOCL Atlanta 074 ETA 17 April
Zim Antwerp 026 ETA 23 April
OOCL Asia 074 ETA 01 May
Zim Rotterdam 027 ETA 07 May
Frankfurt Express 031 ETA 10 May
NP2 Service will temporarily switch its Seattle port call to Tacoma. Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Seattle will now route via Tacoma until mid-May. Impacted vessel/voyages are as follows:
Hyundai Courage 042 ETA 13 April
Hyundai Brave 043 ETA 20 April
OOCL Italy 051 ETA 22 April
Hyundai Mercury 040 ETA 28 April
Hyundai Faith 045 ETA 05 May
Hyundai Force 041 ETA 12 May
PA1 services will temporarily shift the Tacoma port call to Seattle. Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Tacoma will now route via Seattle per below. PA1 service will resume Tacoma port calls approximately Mid-May, 2015.
Augusta Kontor 003 ETA 19 April
NYK Demeter 040 ETA 25 April
Halifax Express 067 ETA 30 April
Singapore Express 048 ETA 07 May
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, 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.
JPX Temporary Oakland Port Omission
JPX service will temporarily omit Oakland call through April. Cargo normally booked ex Oakland on the JPX service can utilize the PA1 service as an alternative.
SE3 Temporary Oakland Port Omission
SE3 service temporary omission of Oakland ends with the NYK Artemis arrival on 21 April.
SC1 Temporary Oakland Port Omission
SC1 service will resume calling OAK beginning 20 April with the SC1 APL Dublin 013W.
NP3 Temporary Vancouver Port Omission
NP1 service will temporarily omit Vancouver second call until further notice.
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.
- Port of Long Beach’s launched a new page on its website showing vessels at berth and anchorage. The “Vessels at a Glance” page features a daily update showing all vessels at berth and anchor within the port, as well as their arrival and departure dates and length of stay in Long Beach. The new page includes charts updated weekly showing the number of vessels at anchor at Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as trends for the last six months.
- TraPac faced challenges due to congestion and delays with automation areas. YTI is also facing congestion isuses and slow turn times. All other G6 terminals reported fluid gate and yard operations last week.
- Chassis supply levels vary greatly throughout the region.
- OICT was highly congested this past week. Congestion was compounded by extreme chassis shortages and gate turn times slowed to over an hour at the end of the week.
- Oakland Trapac operations were slightly improved last week and turn times averaged under one hour.
- Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.
Tacoma & Seattle
- WUT returned to 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 have improved to an average of 24 minutes.
- Seattle T-18 was normal and gate turn times continued to improve. The new average is 26 minutes.
- CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to Vancouver Terminals to cover the current demand although delays of 7 days could be expected.
USA Midwest & South Central
- Truck power issues continue to impact many Midwestern cities. See the truck power map linked above.
- BNSF Dallas ramp has a severe pool chassis shortage BNSF Houston ramp is congested and incoming trains are being delayed/held outside before rail cars with containers are deramped.
- Both CAST and Termont Terminals have normal container dwelling performance.
- Dwell times for intermodal containers are normal.
New York Terminals
- Port wide chassis shortages have negatively impacted the flow of goods in the NYC area and contributed to terminal congestion.
- GCT Bayonne was particularly congested last week with hours of wait times.
- Door delivery truck power lead time remains 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.
Norfolk International Terminal
- The port will maintain its Saturday gate hours at NIT (ORF08) through Saturday, June 27. Intermodal rail departures have slowed.
- Nothing significant to report.
- Depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.
OOCL North America