North America Operations Update

Week of 27 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 the next few 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.
  • ILWU Local 10 (Oakland) will hold a Stop-work on the first shift May 1st; consequently, both Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) and Trapac Terminal will be closed.  Both terminals will reopen on May 4th.
  • Drivers strike at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach
  • As of this morning, teamsters are present at all G6 terminals: LBCT, YTI, GGS, TraPac and CUT.  However, gate traffic is currently fluid and no disruptions being reported.
  • Four local drayage companies targeted – not the terminals themselves.
  • Impact on West Coast operations at this point is very minimal.


North America Rail Operations


The BNSF operation generated another week of steady velocity performance and good fluidity across the network.  BNSF maintenance activity is in full production with work continuing on new double-track projects along their Southern Transcontinental route.  As this work is being done, some trains may experience minor delays through the area.



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, 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.


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 Asia               074     ETA 01 May
Zim Rotterdam   027     ETA 09 May
Frankfurt Express       031     ETA 17 May

NP2 Service will temporarily switch its Seattle port call to Tacoma.  Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Seattle will now route via Tacoma until early-May.  Impacted vessel/voyages are as follows:

Hyundai Mercury 040     ETA 28 April
Hyundai Faith   045     ETA 05 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 in early-May, 2015.

Halifax Express 067     ETA 01 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

The JPX service will resume calling Oakland on 03 May with the arrival of the YM Efficiency.


Current 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.



Pacific Southwest

  • 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.
  • No G6 vessels at anchor since March 30th.
  • Most all loops back on proforma schedule.
  • Chassis supply levels vary greatly throughout the region but are improving.




  • OICT was highly congested this past week.  Congestion was compounded by extreme chassis shortages and gate turn times averaged over an hour last week.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were moderately congested and turn times averaged 40 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Seattle T-18 was normal.  Gate turn times now average is 25 minutes.





  • 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 link above.



CN Montreal


  • Due to several vessels arriving in succession, CAST Terminal did have some containers dwelling above 4 days.  Expected to be improved this week.

CN Halifax


  • Dwell times for intermodal containers declined last week and remain primarily one to two days.


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 struggled again with congestion last week.
  • Chassis supply continues to be a problem in the NYC area.
  • 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 Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) through Saturday, June 27.
  • On April 20 NIT commenced operation of the Reefer Service Area (RSA). The expectation is that this will make the reefer process more efficient in the terminal and will shorten the truck turn time for these transactions.



South Atlantic

  • Due to industry volume surge, Memphis area truck power is very tight, pre-planning is necessity to reserve sufficient power.  We can locate resources as long as they are given adequate lead time.


  • Depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America