Again, we got a very nice overview on the USA situation from the customer letter  that they send on a regular basis. Please see bere below:




North America Operations Update

Week of 30 Mar, 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 1-2 months.  We will continue to keep you informed of the progress.

North America Rail Operations


The BNSF operation experienced steady velocity performance and good fluidity across the network this past week.  In addition to a substantial decline in total trains holding this week, total units moved by the railroad reached its highest weekly total of 2015 to date.  The BNSF did, however, report some service interruptions due to derailments that occurred in Colorado and Texas last week. Some trains were re-routed in response to the increased congestion in the Denver and Ft. Worth areas. Tracks in both locations were restored to service within 36 hours, and any backlogs resulting from either of these incidents has since been cleared.



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 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 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.

Zim Djibouti            040     ETA 09 April
OOCL Atlanta    074     ETA 17 April
Zim Antwerp     026     ETA 25 April
OOCL Asia               074     ETA 26 April
Zim Rotterdam   027     ETA 05 May
Frankfurt Express       031     ETA 10 May

Seattle Express 036     ETA 17 May

In addition, due to severe vessel delays on the west coast there will be no sailings in Vancouver for the NP1 service during the 2nd through 4th weeks of March.

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 Global  036     ETA 05 April
Hyundai Courage 042     ETA 12 April
Hyundai Brave   043     ETA 16 April
OOCL Italy              051     ETA 21 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.

NYK Constellation       042     ETA 06 April
Kobe Express    080     ETA 11 April
Augusta Kontor  003     ETA 16 April
NYK Demeter     040     ETA 23 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 until further notice. 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

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 after this week.
SC1 Temporary Oakland Port Omission  SC1 service will resume calling OAK  beginning week 16 on 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



Pacific Southwest

  • The recovery process is ongoing with steady progress noted.
  • Terminal operations are fluid with the exception of YTI which is experiencing yard and gate congestion
  • Chassis shortages are increasing in frequency related to heavy container volume activity.




  • OICT was congested this past week.  Import delivery lanes were closed Monday due to yard congestion.  Congestion was compounded by chassis shortages.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were highly congested last week.  The terminal gate has a high volume of import loads and many are stacked in inaccessible areas of the terminal, consequently, import dwell times are rising.
  • Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.
  • Both terminals will be closed on March 31 for Cesar Chavez Birthday Holiday.


Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT was slightly congested last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day. The terminal’s day to day decision to accept export cargo is based on daily yard inventory levels and dwell times.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested and gate turn times are improving.





  • CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to Vancouver Terminals to cover the current demand although delays of 7-8 days should be expected.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Barbour’s Cut Terminal in Houston shut out empties due to yard congestion from vessel delays last week.


CN Montreal


  • Delays should be expected at CAST Terminal as additional vessels arrive, with related vessel bunching together straining both the terminal and the rail.


CN Halifax


  • Dwell times for intermodal containers have increased slightly last week due to impact of winter weather during the early weeks of March.


New York Terminals


  • Door delivery truck power lead time is now 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • The port has implemented a policy to reduce the number of days an export container can dwell on all terminals from ten to nine.
  • The port will maintain its Saturday gate hours at NIT (ORF08) through Saturday, June 27.



South Atlantic

  • Savannah remains our only area with sporadic motor carrier issues; the cargo density and delay make it difficult for a small number of motor carriers to plan coverage.


  • Depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America