North America Operations Update

Week of July 11, 2016


Dear valued OOCL Customer,



Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Reminder


  • Customers are encouraged to provide timely and accurate VGM data through our efficient and convenient “E-Submission channels” outlined at www.oocl.com under ‘Resource Center’.  For manual submission option information please see below.
  • Please consult with our local office representatives in your region for further information.



  • Reminder that VGM weights must include the container tare weight in the VGM.




  • S. Marine Terminal Load Port Delivery Cargo and U.S. Intermodal Cargo Off-Dock Rail
  • In lieu of customer’s VGM submission, OOCL will accept marine terminal weight as VGM equivalent.
  • S. Intermodal Cargo On-Dock Rail
  • OOCL will either use the terminal provided gate weights or use the certified gross cargo weight declared by the Shipper from the rail billing and adding the container tare weight to produce a VGM and submit on behalf of the Shipper.


Canada and Mexico Load Ports


For electronic VGM submission:

  • VGM cut will be 1200 day of marine terminal cargo cut for any vessels cutting off at 1600 or later.  For those vessels with a marine terminal cargo cut off before 1600, the VGM cutoff will be 1600 the prior day.  If the marine terminal cargo cutoff is on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the VGM cutoff will be calculated as if the marine terminal cargo cutoff were at 1600 on the prior business day.


For manual VGM submission:

  • OOCL encourages electronic submission to avoid potential delays in loading cargo on vessels.
  • VGM cutoff will be 1600 business day prior to the VGM electronic submission date.
  • OOCL will accept manual submissions of VGM to OOCL, however, the only acceptable method for VGM submission will be via the excel spreadsheet below submitted via email.
  • Below is guidance for manual submissions via this Excel Form:
  • Email the completed spreadsheet form to mailin@oocl.com
  • This VGM email account is an automated account to upload data from the excel spreadsheet included below. Any VGM submissions other than those contained in the designated spreadsheet will not be processed.
  • The “Authorized Person” must be entered in ALL CAPS.
  • You will receive an email confirmation that your manual submission was received.
  • Required Fields:
  • Carrier (OOCL)
  • Booking #
  • Container #
  • Verified Gross Mass (Cannot exceed 3 decimal places)
  • VGM Unit (Kilograms or Pounds)
  • Authorized Person



North America Rail Operations – BNSF

BNSF service has been restored to the parts of the network impacted by the derailment of two weeks ago, Small delay of 1-2m days delay could be expected for rail container traffic in and out of LAX/LGB.


OOCL will continue to update impacted customers on any further service-related issues associated with this incident.


BNSF is continuing to monitor extreme heat impacting parts of the network. High temperatures nearing 120 degrees are expected in parts of the desert Southwest during the next several days. More frequent inspections to detect any thermal misalignment of track are being conducted. Additional procedures, including temporary speed restrictions, will also be imposed as necessary to ensure safety.


We are also monitoring the potential for flooding and track washouts in portions of the central Plains.


OCEAN Alliance


CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a new alliance, the OCEAN Alliance.  Subject to regulatory approvals of the competent authorities, the new alliance plans to begin operations in April 2017.  Additional information can be found here.



Service Updates


G6 Service CC1 Vessel Maintenance Schedule and Port of Los Angeles California United Terminal (CUT) Service Change


Please be advised that owing to the 6 week Vessel Maintenance Schedule for the CC1 Service there will be no CC1 service Transpacific vessel call at the Port of Los Angeles California United Terminal (CUT) for weeks 25 through 30. G6 alternate loop service vessels will be calling CUT weeks 25 and 27-30 instead of the proforma G6 terminal. OOCL import arrival notices and export booking acknowledgments will reflect CUT as the location terminal for the specific vessel/voyages.


The revised schedule at CUT is provided below.


Week Service Vessel ETA Los Angeles ETD Los Angeles
25 CC2 OOCL UTAH Voyage 006E/007W 7/7/2016 7/10/2016




27 SC2 OOCL GENOA Voyage 008E/009W 7/19/2016 7/23/2016
28 CC4 APL MINNESOTA Voyage 047E/048W 7/30/2016 8/2/2016
29 SE2 MOL CREATION Voyage 8/8/2016 8/12/2016
30 SC1 APL PHOENIX 8/15/2016 8/18/2016



Trans-Atlantic Trade – Services Update


To enhance our service coverage in the Trans-Atlantic trade, we are pleased to inform you of the following rotation changes on our Atlantic Express 2 (AX2) and Pacific Atlantic 1 (PA1) services.

Atlantic Express 2 (AX2) – Savannah westbound will be added.


Pacific Atlantic 1 (PA1) – Eastbound Savannah and Norfolk calls to be removed, and calling Vancouver before Tacoma.


The full details and port rotations can be found here.



Other Vessel and Terminal Information


Terminal First Receiving Date

Information for export cargo container receiving windows as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on OOCL.com.


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.



Truck Power


Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups is adequate except for certain ports where terminal congestion is causing delays, especially in Oakland.

  • There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.
  • There are no truck power issues in Canada or Mexico.
  • Please see our Truck Power Map on OOCL.com for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.



Pacific Southwest


  • Congestion at TraPac Terminal was significant this week after the long holiday weekend.  The on dock rail service remains on schedule to start early August.
  • Considering the marine terminals were closed on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday this week, the congestion and turn times were at acceptable levels at most LALB terminals, TraPac excluded.
  • Truck power remains in very good supply in Southern California.
  • Chassis shortages were more prominent this week due to high number of bad order chassis (red-tagged) that have to be repaired





  • OICT was congested due to the short work week.  Gate turn times averaged 55 minutes.  Dual transactions were shut off early at 2:30pm daily. Chronic yard congestion is compounded by chassis shortages. OICT was low on pool chassis all week.  Import delivery lanes are no longer experiencing closures due to the new appointment system.  However, truckers continue to voice frustration regarding wait times once inside the terminal.  Mid morning appointments are delayed by 1-2 hours.
  • OICT began processing full night gate transactions Tuesday-through-Thursday, 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.  The terminal is holding a 2-day receiving window for exports beginning June 27th.  In order for customers to participate in the one-stop program (peel-off) a minimum of 30 units per vessel voyage is required for importers with high volume shipments.   OICT has implemented a 90 day trial period $30 gate fee for all laden cargo which went into effect June 27th. The $30 fee is intended to offset expenses for weeknight and Saturday gate operations. To relieve congestion OICT/SSA move cleared import containers to a near dock yard at Shippers Transport for on chassis delivery.
  • TraPac was congested due to the short work week.  Gate turn times averaged 63 minutes.
  • Oakland is short of chassis and truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 7 days out.  Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries, early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT, and driver waiting time for a bare chassis to become available..



Tacoma & Seattle


  • Tacoma WUT was congested this week with heavy gate activity due to the short work week.  Gate turns time averaged 32 minutes. The terminal posts an announcement on their web site which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.
  • Seattle T-18 was congested this week with heavy gate activity due to the short work week.  Gate turn times averaged 42 minutes
  • Seattle-Tacoma is adequate on truck power and equipment supply





  • This week the CN evacuated an average of 2 eastbound import intermodal trains each day from Deltaport terminal while Deltaport has experienced some increase in ITM dwelling over the past week.
  • Vanterm terminal is experiencing minor dwell times.
  • Centerm terminal is experiencing minor dwell times.



CN Montreal


  • CAST terminal experienced some very minor dwell times last week.
  • Termont terminal is fluid with no dwell,



CN Halifax


  • The terminals remain very fluid with very minor container dwelling issues reported at Ceres terminal.  There are no ITM containers dwelling at Halterm terminal.



New York Terminals


  • In light of the NYX service start-up (July 7th) GCT Bayonne will run four consecutive Sunday gates. They will run on July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 0600-1300. No Out Of Gauge or reefer cargo will be handled.
  • GCT Bayonne Truck Management (Appointment) System –  After having trained approximately 30+ motor carriers who are now using the system in a soft test environment, the terminal has announced the below Implementation dates:
  1. July 17         Sunday          Optional Appointments           All day                *Strongly encourage all users to make appointments this day.
  2. July 24         Sunday          Mandatory Appointments  All day                *Required appointments
  3. July 25   Monday               Mandatory Appointments           0600-0800

*Required 0600-0800, then open access after 0800.

After this appointments will be required every day between 0600 and 0800. The rest of the day remains free flow.

  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 61 minutes
  • GCT New York – 23 minutes
  • Maher – 51 minutes
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in NYC.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 48 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time is 0-2 days in Norfolk.
  • The Port of Virginia is weighing all truck gate and intermodal arrivals in order to comply with VGM submission regulations.



USA Midwest & South Central


  • Truck power remains adequate throughout the Midwest and Gulf with new dispatches being accepted for 3-4 days out.
  • Equipment supply is adequate throughout both regions with the exception of 40’ GP in Chicago and Houston.
  • Chassis are adequate throughout the region.
  • Houston ’s Barbour’s Cut terminal
  • Normal operations.  Average gate turn times: 49 minutes.
  • New Orleans Napoleon terminal is operating normally.



South Atlantic                         

  • No marine terminal issues in the South Atlantic Region with Holiday flows.
  • Motor carrier supply remains adequate for the Holiday week.  Imports with late releases on last free day required 48 hours to secure truck power.




  • Marine Terminal operations in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week. No issues with SOLAS implementation
  • Equipment in Veracruz and Altamira:  20’ & 40’ GP and 40’ HQ surplus, 40’ RQ limited.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.



Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America