SCS North America Operations Update

North America Rail Operations

• Outside of the Chicago BNSF gateway, terminals remain fluid and overall system velocity has held steady.  While the operation experienced some challenges due to wintry weather last week, mild temperatures and dry conditions are expected across much of the network this week. The expected favorable weather will allow BNSF maintenance work to ramp up in the Central and South Regions.  The BNSF lifted traffic restrictions in advance and resources were pre-positioned to support greater westbound inventory and equipment flows, as well as handle a more than 60 percent increase in eastbound volume based on the latest train counts.

• All of Norfolk Southern Railroad’s (NSRR) inland ramps are open for receiving export loads destined to Norfolk.

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.

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 Rotterdam   026     ETA 18 March
Zim Djibouti            040     ETA 06 April
OOCL Atlanta    074     ETA 12 April
Zim Antwerp     026     ETA 19 April
OOCL Asia               074     ETA 26 April
Zim Rotterdam   027     ETA 03 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:

Seattle Express 035     ETA 18 March
Hyundai Force   040     ETA 23 March
Hyundai Global  036     ETA 02 April
Hyundai Courage 042     ETA 11 April
Hyundai Brave   043     ETA 16 April
Hyundai Mercury 040     ETA 21 April
Hyundai Faith   045     ETA 28 April
Hyundai Force   041     ETA 05 May
Hyundai Global  037     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 schedule  below.  PA1 service will resume Tacoma port calls approximately Mid-May, 2015.

Dallas Express  076     ETA 19 March
Oakland Express 060     ETA 29 March
NYK Constellation       042     ETA 05 April
Kobe Express    080     ETA 09 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.   

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 will temporarily omit Oakland.  Vessels omitting the Port of Oakland are shown below:

Hanjin Xiamen   047 West
Hanjin Mumbai   036 West

SC1 Temporary Oakland Port Omission 
SC1 service will temporarily omit Oakland call weeks 14-19.  Vessels omitting the Port of Oakland are shown below:

APL Salalah     015 West
APL Southampton 016 West
APL Dublin              013 West
APL Yangshan    014 West
APL Barcelon    014 West

NP3 Temporary Vancouver Port Omission 
NP1 service will temporarily omit Vancouver second call until further notice.

Pacific Southwest
• Expect the recovery process to be elongated as the congestion bubble moves thru and out of the supply chain.
• There continues to be a shortage of gangs for vessel operations at most terminals.
• Chassis supply levels are adequate at nearly all terminals.
       
Oakland
• OICT was extremely congested this past week.  Despite the tentative labor agreement, ILWU Local 10 continued to target the terminal with job actions. The PMA posted a statement saying ILWU Local 10 has repeatedly engaged in illegal work stoppages at the Port of Oakland, bringing operations to a standstill at OICT which is largest terminal in the port.
• Oakland Trapac operations were highly congested last week.  Due to terminal gate and yard operations being so congested, import delivery lanes had to be closed on Wednesday afternoon.
• Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.

Tacoma & Seattle                                                    
• WUT was moderately congested this 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 decision to accept export cargo is based on daily yard inventory levels and dwell times.  
• Seattle T-18 was highly congested.  Due to yard congestion, the terminal shut down import deliveries on Friday.

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

USA Midwest & South Central
• The Houston Ship Channel was closed March 9 as a result of a chemical spill after the chemical tanker Maersk Carla collided with the supramax bulker Conti Peridot.  Due to a vessel collision in the Houston Ship Channel and chemical spill after the chemical tanker Maersk Carla collided with the supramax bulker Conti Peridot, the Barbour’s Cut Marine Terminal (HOU07) was closed on Monday and didn’t reopen until 1 PM on Thursday.  As a result, the Rotterdam Express was delayed working,

CN Montreal
• Nothing significant to report.
           
CN Halifax
• The terrible backlog of intermodal containers, due to the extreme weather conditions, has now cleared.
       
New York Terminals
• Truck power lead time is now 3-4 days in the NYC metro area.

Norfolk International Terminal
• The Port of Virginia last week began capturing and reporting both traditional and total turn times for motor carriers transacting business at Norfolk International Terminals. Traditional turn times: Typically referred to as “gate-to-gate,” with the clock starting once the truck arrives on the interchange platform. Total turn times: By utilizing RFID technology, this captures time spent in the truck queue, outside the interchange, and combines it with traditional turn time measurements.

South Atlantic    
• Empty container supply is adequate, no shortages or impact to export bookings.

Mexico   
• Depot, terminal, trucking, and rail services all normal.