North America Operations Update

North American Operations -cont'd

Truck Power

• Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups, continues to be a challenge especially in the Midwest, Gulf, Northeast and Southern California. Import customers are requested to clear cargo and make appointments for delivery available within free time, to avoid demurrage and or rail-storage exposure. 
• There are no truck power issues in Canada and Mexico.

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 on SCS blog site.

• Seattle/Tacoma 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 and PA1 services will temporarily shift the Tacoma port call to Seattle.  Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Tacoma will now route via Seattle:

NP1 Service-
Zim Rotterdam           025     ETA Seattle     26 January
OOCL Luxembourg 029     ETA Seattle     28 January
Zim Djibouti            039     ETA Seattle     03 February
OOCL Atlanta            073     ETA Seattle     08 February

PA1 Service-
Seoul Express           010     ETA Seattle     27 January
NYK Daedalus            041     ETA Seattle     28 January
Tokyo Express           060     ETA Seattle     13 February

NP2 Service- will temporarily switch its Seattle port call to Tacoma during this same time period.  Cargo scheduled to load/discharge Seattle will now route via Tacoma.
Impacted vessel/voyages are as follows:
Hyundai Force           039     ETA Tacoma      21 January     
Hyundai Global          035     ETA Tacoma      31 January
Hyundai Mercury 039     ETA Tacoma      10 February
Hyundai Courage 041     ETA Tacoma      13 February
Hyundai Brave           042     ETA Tacoma      13 February

• 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 at year-end 2014 and in early 2015. The service will continue to call Port of Oakland.

The vessels omitting the Port of Los Angeles are shown below:
NYK Nebula              040 East
Seoul Express           010 East
NYK Daedalus            041 East
Tokyo Express           060 East

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.  

• JPX Temporary Oakland Port Omission.  JPX service will temporarily omit Oakland call beginning week 4 through week 10.  Cargo normally booked ex Oakland on the JPX service can utilize the PA1 service as an alternative.

Pacific Southwest

• The 2nd-shift restrictions on vessel gangs this week has resulted in an immediate increase in vessel anchoring, vessel dwell at berth and increased delay for import container discharge.
• Container vessels at anchor are running between 9-15 on a daily basis.
• However, with lower vessel productivity, this has positively impacted the landside operations with improved import deliveries for local and intermodal cargo. 
Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT)
• Import container dwell on terminal for local and ITM cargo remains one of the lowest across the LBH/LAX harbors.
Global Gateway South (GGS)
• Terminal congestion remained relatively unchanged since last week.
Yusen Terminals Inc (YTI)
• Terminal congestion continues although there was improvement in import container delivery for both local and ITM cargo.

• Congestion in the automation areas is being reported by truckers this week.

California United Terminal (CUT)
• Terminal and gate operations are reported to be  running relatively well.

USA Midwest & South Central

• Yard congestion at CN/CHI-Harvey rail terminal caused delays for truckers.
• Long delays reported at NSRR/Chicago rail terminal.
• NS/CLE ramp is extremely congested; deramping delays primarily caused by yard congestion.


• OICT operations were highly congested this week due to ongoing labor shortages and slowdowns. Productivity remains down by about 15%. All week long, there were hundreds of trucks in line and the gate turn times averaged over one hour.  On a daily basis, the terminal suffered extreme labor shortages and import delivery lanes had to be closed due to the lack of Transtainer service and the high volume of trucks waiting in the yard.
• There has been a significant increase in the number of vessels at anchorage in San Francisco Bay, up to nine at a time; and vessels may omit Oakland as schedules are adjusted.
• Until further notice, terminals in Oakland will not have night shifts.

Tacoma & Seattle
• The number of vessels at anchorage in Puget Sound averaged six per day this week.
• Washington United Terminal (WUT) and Seattle’s T-18 Terminal remained congested throughout the week.  ILWU job action continued to slow down terminal operations by about 30% and severely impacted vessel schedules.
• WUT and T-18 do not have any second shift labor, therefore, vessel operations working hours are limited to first shift only.


• Intermodal dwell time at both Centerm and Delta Port remains stable at a fluid level.  The CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to cover the current demand, although some delays may be expected.

CN Montreal

• Intermodal dwell time at Montreal terminals remains fluid. 

CN Halifax

• Intermodal dwell time at the Halifax Terminal remains fluid. 

New York Terminals

• Truck power lead time still remains 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.

Norfolk International Terminal

• Norfolk Intermodal Terminal (NIT) will now be open for a full day until 5 PM every Saturday, at least until Saturday, January 31st. All customers and truckers are prompted to take full advantage of these hours to better manage gate delays.
• Truck power lead time still remains 5-7 days in the Norfolk area.
• The Port of Virginia is delaying the implementation of the motor carriers’ appointment system at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) until this spring. The first phase of the system was scheduled for implementation in late 2014. However input from stakeholders at the Port Productivity Summit in October, regarding the schedule of implementation, brought the port to the conclusion to hold the project until the spring.

South Atlantic

Inland empty container surplus was routed to Charleston this past week.


• Terminal, depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.
• Earlier in the week both the Veracruz & Altamira Terminals were closed for two days due to bad weather.