We are very grateful for the below upadate received from OOCL USA:
Dear valued OOCL Customer,
This past weekend, the BNSF completed putting into service an additional six miles of double-track in a busy section across their Northern corridor, bringing their total to nearly 50 miles of new double-track added between Minot, ND and Glasgow, MT.
The BNSF is also readying the operation for the upcoming winter season by testing and pre-positioning equipment as well as adding resources to help ensure they are better prepared for the possibility of extreme winter conditions.
Truck Power across North America to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern and our Operation colleagues continue to bring on new trucks but this is not an easy task in today’s market. Please see our Truck Power Map on OOCL.com for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.
All Southern California marine terminal facilities remain highly congested.
Vessel / Loop Deployment Changes
- As mentioned last week, this is a reminder that as a result of ongoing berth congestion within the Southern California G6 terminal network, the following deployment changes have been implemented:
- The Southeast Asia (SE1) Service will now alternate between California United Terminals (CUT) and Global Gateway South (GGS) Terminal.
- The Central China (CC2) Service will call Pacific Container Terminal (PCT) Pier J.
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.
- GGS will no longer extend appointments if there are no appointments available prior to Last Free Day.
- Appointments are to be made as soon as cargo has been fully cleared by CBP and the ocean carrier. Customers are therefore encouraged to clear their cargo containers as soon as possible.
- Due to congestion the terminal is moving all CBP and ocean carrier cleared 40’/45’ 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 have improved this past week.
- Motor carriers reporting favorable turn times on both import intermodal and local cargo.
Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI)
- Yard congestion and chassis shortages are still issues prolonging turn times.
- All major Southern California chassis pools continue to experience severe shortages.
- The G6 chassis pool (GACP) has agreed to inject 3000 chassis to help cope with peak demands. Thus far almost 1000 chassis have been added to the pool.
- CUT, PCT, Yusen Terminals Inc. (YTI) and TraPac, Inc. continue to be ongoing deficit locations in terms of chassis supply. Prior to sending trucks into these facilities, motor carriers are encouraged to contact the GACP to determine chassis supply and identify alternative pick up locations if required.
USA Midwest & South Central
- Chicago, St Paul and Kansas City are all experiencing high volume and the BNSF is asking that containers out-gate as quickly as possible to alleviate congestion at the ramps.
- Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) is congested with large volumes of import freight, however, chassis inventory remains adequate.
- Washington United Terminal (WUT) in Tacoma remains congested. They are reviewing possible night gates or weekend gates to deliver import containers. In addition, chassis supply is tight.
Oakland & Tacoma
- DeltaPort and Centerm Terminals experiencing no long dwell issues for OOCL import intermodal containers.
- The CN had adequate cars on hand or in route to evacuate the current intermodal containers at both CAST and Termont Terminals.
New York Terminals
- Empty inventory levels in NYC have dropped but remain adequate.
Norfolk International Terminal
- Virginia International Terminal (VIT) has extended the peak season operating hours for the weekend of October 25-26. Check with the terminal website for the additional times.
- The Virginia Maritime Association and the Port of Virginia have agreed to jointly host a productivity summit on Tuesday, October 28th, to review the issue of congestion at the port and to discuss solutions to meet this challenge.
- Intermodal operations in the region are reported as normal with no issues or delays.
- All operations are normal.