NA Logistics Weekly Status

West Coast Labor Update - ILWU contract - Final tally of votes by rank and file members to take place May 22nd.

North America Rail Operations
Severe weather caused service disruptions last week, particularly in the South Region. Heavy rain, which caused several track washouts, and high winds affected traffic flows through north Texas and Oklahoma. With the expectation of more unfavorable weather this week, the BNSF is proactively implementing procedures to maximize safety and minimize further impacts on fluidity through this corridor. Train speed restrictions were put into effect Wednesday evening for 11 subdivisions in Texas and Oklahoma. The BNSF is also increasing the frequency of track inspections along those subdivisions and re-routing train traffic as much as possible around this area.  We should expect delays of 48 – 72 hours for containers moving to/from Dallas and Houston.

Truck Power
Truck Power across the USA to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continue to be a major concern especially in the Midwest, Gulf, Northeast, Portland, and Northern and Southern California. There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.; however 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 American terminals continues to be updated.

Summer Schedule Changes:

Below is an outline of summer schedule changes.  

Transpacific Service Resumptions

Port rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Los Angeles / Long Beach – Ningbo.
First Sailing:  ETA Long Beach, 04 June 2015

Port rotation: Kaohsiung – Ningbo – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Pusan – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Savannah – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville - Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Balboa – Pusan – Kaohsiung
First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 29 June 2015

Port rotation: Xiamen – Kaohsiung – Da Chan Bay – Hong Kong – Yantian – Panama Canal - Manzanillo (Panama) – Kingston – Savannah – Charleston – Kingston - Manzanillo (Panama) – Panama Canal – Xiamen
First Sailing:  ETA Savannah, 28 June 2015
Transpacific Service Enhancements

This service will be upgraded to include the port of Qingdao.
New port rotation: Qingdao – Shanghai – Kwangyang – Pusan – Los Angeles – Oakland – Pusan – Kwangyang – Qingdao
Effective voyage:  ETA Los Angele,s 04 June 2015

This service will be adjusted to focus on connecting the Korean and Japanese markets with North America.
New port rotation: Tokyo – Kobe – Pusan – Balboa – Panama Canal – Manzanillo (Panama) – Miami – Jacksonville – Savannah – Charleston – New York – Norfolk – Manzanillo (Panama) –  Panama Canal – Balboa – Los Angeles – Oakland –  Tokyo
Effective voyage:  ETA Miami, 21 June 2015

Note: The SE1 and CC3 servcies for the G6 are being phased out.  The last westbound sailing for the CC3 will be from Oakland on June 1st and for the SE1 from Los Angeles on June 6th.

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:
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 through May. 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.
Pacific Southwest
At YTI there was some improvement with dwelling containers for on dock rail, however, terminal congestion is still impacting intermodal velocity for both east and westbound.  All G6 lines reporting the same operational experience. TraPac still experiencing significant congestion. CUT is experiencing import rail departure delays. LBCT and GGS not reporting any significant congestion issues this week. Chassis supply levels are critically short at TraPac and GGS marine Terminals. G6 terminals will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday.
OICT was extremely congested this past week.  Gate turn times averaged over an hour. OICT will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday. Oakland Trapac operations were moderately congested and turn times averaged 32 minutes. Trapac will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday. Both terminals were extremely short of pool chassis.

Tacoma & Seattle
WUT was normal last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.  Gate turn times average 30 minutes. WUT will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday. Seattle T-18 was moderately congested.  Gate turn times now average 24 minutes. T-18 will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday. Portland regional congestion continued for Portland to/from Seattle or Tacoma.

CN currently has enough cars on hand or enroute to Vancouver Terminals to cover the current demand, however, both of our Vancouver Terminals remain extremely fluid.

USA Midwest & South Central
Truck power issues continue to impact many Midwestern cities.  See the truck power map linked above. Chassis shortages are also having an impact in Columbus and Indianapolis. HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal will be closed Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day Holiday.

CN Montreal
Dwell times for intermodal containers was slightly improved last week.

CN Halifax
Dwell times for intermodal containers remained steady last week at 6-9 days.                                

New York Terminals
All terminals will be closed on Memorial Day. Door delivery truck power lead time remains 5-7 days in the NYC metro area.

Norfolk International Terminal
The Port of Virginia has modified their receiving policy in an attempt to accommodate long haul drivers negatively impacted by vessel schedule changes. The port will maintain its Saturday gate hours at Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) through Saturday, June 27. NIT will be open on Monday, May 25th Memorial Day.

South Atlantic
Norfolk Southern CHS ramp still reporting heavy congestion. Ramp thinks they will be caught up by next week. Memphis traffic experienced heavy increase due to industry surge from West Coast backlog.
Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week. Depot, trucking, and rail services all normal.

SCS BlogVanessa Frye