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Weekly Operational Update: July 26th to August 2nd, 2021

(Florham Park, NJ) … Below are updates to operations for all vessel, terminal and inland services within North America. This information is subject to change.

Vessel Operations
North America East Coast

OLIVIA MAERSK V-131, delayed 5.5 days in Philadelphia due to port congestions in Australia. Vessel omits Cartagena. Arriving on time in Philadelphia on October 19th on her next voyage.
MAERSK IOWA V-129, delayed 2.5 days in Norfolk due to port congestions in Europe. Schedule recovery under review.
MAERSK MONTANA V-130, delayed 3 days in Houston due to late phase into the service after COVID case on board. Schedule recovery under review.
MSC YURIDA III V-131, delayed 18 hours in Houston due to berth congestion in Houston. Vessel calls Bay Port terminal instead of Barbours Cut Terminal in Houston. Arriving on time in Cartagena on August 12th.
MONTE TAMARO V-130, delayed 3 days in Houston due to port congestion in Houston. Arriving on time in Santos on August 22nd.
North America West Coast

SYNERGY ANTWERP V-125, delayed 5 days in Long Beach due to berth congestion in Long Beach. Vessel will phase out in Vancouver without recovering her schedule.
KOBE EXPRESS V-126, delayed 2 days in Long Beach due to berth congestion in Long Beach. Arriving on time in Valencia on September 17th.
MAERSK NEWCASTLE V-131, delayed 9 days in Los Angeles due to port congestion in Lazaro Cardenas. Arriving on time in Lazaro Cardenas on August 16th.
SEALAND GUAYAQUIL V-131, delayed 1 day in Oakland due to port congestion in Oakland. Arriving on time in Oakland on August 21st on her next voyage.

We are also experiencing congestion at all major rail facilities in Chicago, Columbus, and Los Angeles UP and BNSF rail ramps. We expect delays in picking-up and delivering containers at these locations.

Terminal Operations

Due to increased volume, we are experiencing congestion issues at the following terminal locations Savannah, Houston, Seattle, and Los Angeles/Long Beach.
U.S. East Coast
New York – Vessel waiting time is 24-48 hrs due to certain level of import volume and berth congestion.
Charleston – Vessel waiting time is 0-12 hrs due to off proforma vessels.
Savannah – Vessel waiting time is 72-120 hrs due to off proforma vessels and berth congestion.
Jacksonville – TraPac Terminal will be CLOSED on Friday August 6th\.
Miami – High import yard congestion throughout the week.
U.S. West Coast
Long Beach – Vessel waiting time is 2-6 days due to high import dwell and labor shortage. On Friday August 6th 2nd shift, Pier A Terminal will be open for ‘Import Pick-up Only’.
Los Angeles – Vessel waiting time is 6 days due to yard congestion, high import dwell and labor shortage. Yard is at 75% of capacity.  Oakland – Vessel waiting time is 2-5 days due to high import volume and labor shortage.
Seattle – Vessel waiting time is 10 days due to high import volume and labor shortage. Yard is at 120% of capacity.
Canada
Prince Rupert – Vessel waiting time is 5 days. Yard is at 106% of capacity.
Vancouver – Vessel waiting time is 7 days. Yard is at 92% of capacity.

Equipment Availability

Due to increased volume at terminals and inland rail facilities, there have been ongoing chassis shortages resulting in pick-up delays and deliveries. Most notably, we are encountering chassis availability issues in the Long Beach/Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia
terminals, and the Cleveland, Columbus, Louisville, Nashville, Saint Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, and Memphis areas.

Equipment availability continues to be an issue at the locations below.
Equipment availability continues to be an issue at the locations below.
Atlanta – limited 20’ and 40’ available

Chicago – limited 40’ reefer available

Cincinnati – limited 40’ available

Columbus – limited 20’ and 40’ available

Detroit – limited 20’ and 40’ available

Kansas City – limited 20’ available

Memphis – limited 20’ available
Minneapolis – limited 20’ and 40’ available

Nashville – limited 20’ and 40’ available

Omaha – limited 40’ available
St. Louis – limited 40’ available

Seattle – limited 40’ reefer availability

Vancouver – limited 20’ available

Inland Rail Transit Advisories

We are also experiencing congestion at all major rail facilities in Chicago, Columbus, and Los Angeles UP and BNSF rail
ramps. We expect delays in picking-up and delivering containers at these locations.
U.S. East Coast

Philadelphia Chassis Shortage - There is currently a severe shortage of available chassis in the Philadelphia market. We are experiencing extended delays in pick-ups, deliveries, and drayage over to the rail facilities due to the lack of chassis.

Norfolk Southern - Discontinuing CHI/BAL Service - Effective July 12, 2021, the NS will no longer be servicing Chicago to/from
Baltimore for all equipment types. The CSX will continue to have service in this lane

Charleston Chassis Shortage - There is currently a severe shortage of available chassis in the Charleston market. We are anticipating extended delays in pick-ups, deliveries, and drayage over to the rail facilities due to the lack of chassis

Atlanta Overflow Yard - Effective immediately, the Fairburn, GA terminal will use provisional container yard services for international freight to ensure safe and efficient operations at this facility. Below are the specifics for the Fairburn container yard and frequently asked questions.
U.S. Mid West

I-40 Bridge Closure Delays - Due to ongoing construction on one of the main bridges connecting Memphis to West Tennessee and Arkansas origin/destination locations, we have been experiencing increased delays in finding available carriers to service these areas. We are working on alternative solutions to circumvent moving via Memphis rail ramp.

New Orleans Chassis Shortage - Reported during Week 30 that there were no public chassis available to carriers (DCLI / TRAC) "Hardware Failure" at Houston Port - Port reopened on 07/30 after being closed Wednesday and Thursday, affecting Barbours Cut and Bayport. Terminal was open for extended hours over the weekend.

Chicago Rail Ramp Congestion - Rail facilities in Chicago are experiencing severe congestion because of dwelling containers, and chassis shortages. Some vendors have begun closing facilities for multiple days, implementing gate restrictions, or lane suspensions to reduce the congestion. Carriers have started moving cargo to secondary yards to attempt to mitigate. We need further assistance to ensure containers are picked-up from the rail timely to avoid causing further congestion and facility closures. Canadian National is implementing a new program to reduce storage cost for customers who are aware that they will be unable to pick up units in a timely manner.

Chicago Chassis Shortage - There is currently a shortage of available chassis in the Chicago market. We are anticipating extended delays in pick-ups, and deliveries a due to the lack of chassis

Norfolk Southern - Elimination of Rubber Crosstown Service - Effective July 15, 2021, the NS will no longer provide rubber crosstown service at any interchange for ocean containers. All interline ocean container traffic, originating on the NS will be delivered via steel wheel interchange. After July 15, any current NS rubber crosstown interchanges must be customer-arranged as 2 separate local moves.

Cross-Town Trucking Delays (Chicago) - We have been impacted by severe delays for units cross-towing in Chicago due to ramp
congestion and chassis shortages. These delays have primarily impacted our lanes from East Coast terminals to Omaha and Minneapolis which require a cross-town dray in Chicago.


CSX RV Advisory - Due to construction at the 59th Street Terminal, CSX is reducing the number of open allocations from 100 to 50 from USCHI to USNYC. Therefore, if Hamburg Sud utilized Private RV's and need ones from the open slots, be aware it will be limited. We
can’t push through either as the terminal will be very tight due to the construction. This should last a few weeks (construction). As of Due
to ongoing volume surges, reservations (RVs) at the CSX facilities have been difficult to obtain in some of our most voluminous lanes:
(Origin Chicago to destinations Jacksonville, Baltimore, and New York). HSD remains in close contact with CSX for assistance and
ongoing solutions.

NYC TO KANSAS CITY - Due to Congestion at the NS Kansas City Facility, NS has limited the number of units departing per day from MMR Ramp in Port Elizabeth to 66 Per Day

NYC to NS Landers - NS is limiting the number of units departing per day from Port Location USNYC to NS Landers. This will impact the amount movement of cargo for the Hamburg Sud moves from NYC to Omaha, Minneapolis, and the West Coast Routings via POD New York

CHI TO LONG BEACH - Effective Week 30, BNSF has halted on-dock rail operations to Pier A in Long Beach. For the meantime, all effected cargo will be routed directly to BNSF Hobart Ramp in Los Angeles. Weekly on-dock train was restricted to Thursday and Friday only for ingate, while Hobart does not currently have any such restriction in place - containers can now be returned M-F. BNSF Increases Storage charges for Logistics Park Chicago - Effective August 2nd, Chicago Logistics Park has moved to Group 1 Storage Facility for BNSF Rail. Modified free time is day of notification plus 24hrs. Storage Charges after 3 days of $150 per day, will move to $500 Per Day from the fourth day on. CSX Gate Restriction for Inbound Units (NYC Discharge) - Due to congestion brought on by long-dwelling units, CSX is now metering all 20' and 40' import units, from NYC terminals, destined for Cleveland CSX facilities. There has not been an indication on when this restriction will be lifted.

NS Louisville Facility Consolidation - NS will begin consolidating operations from their Louisville facility to Appliance Park facility beginning in July. The key dates are below:

July 5 - All traffic currently moving into Louisville, KY (Buechel, KY Ramp) will be made available/grounded at Appliance Park, KY.
August 2 - All traffic destined for Norfolk International Terminals, VA will be required to ingate at Appliance Park, KY instead
of Louisville, KY
August 16 - All traffic destined for Portsmouth APMT, VA (Virginia International Gateway) will be required to ingate at Appliance Park, KY instead of Louisville, KY
West Coast
Increased Dwell for Import Rail Cargo (SEA) - Due to severe terminal congestion, T-18 started to utilize an off-dock depot, T5, to house inbound rail units. This operational change was implemented due to railroad operational delay, which has, in turn, resulted in extended dwell time.

Increased Dwell for Import Rail Cargo (LAX/LGB) - Due to gate capacity restrictions, limited reservations (RVs), rail car shortages and daily ingate restrictions at our major rail facilities in LAX/LGB (BNSF & UP), import rail units (both on-dock and off-dock) are experiencing increased delays. We are working on alternative options to move the impacted units off the terminal faster.

LGB to Chicago - Effective Week 30, BNSF has halted on-dock rail operations from Pier A to Logistics Park. For the meantime, all effected cargo will be routed directly to BNSF Commerce Ramp in Los Angeles. CHI bound cargo does not currently have any daily / weekly volume restrictions in place - containers can now be returned M-F.
Canada
CN Vancouver Delays - Lytton, BC - Due to ongoing wildfires in the Lytton, BC area, the CN is reporting delays for all intermodal traffic moving through northbound and eastbound from Vancouver, as well as traffic inbound to Vancouver from east/north of Kamloops. At this time, there is no indication on when this situation will be cleared.

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