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We have been advised by CIFFA of the following:
Congestion at key Asian ports is the worst it has been over the last 20 years and the situation looks set to continue, according to two executives from one intra-Asia carrier. The executives said that schedule reliability was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain because of the congestion, which began around March. They named Manila as the worst-performing port but said that Hong Kong, Shanghai, Qingdao, Incheon and Cat Lai in Ho Chi Minh City were also badly affected. Hong Kong congestion is causing particular issues for carriers, they said. They remarked that the problem appeared to be partly caused by the complicated nature of vessel-sharing agreements, with cargo for several carriers being carried on a single ship that then needs to transfer to each of the carriers' feeder, barge and intermodal service providers. This has greatly increased the number of inter-terminal transfers. Adding that the congestion is increasing costs because vessels were having to wait for days outside terminals.
It is difficult for short-haul carriers to speed up services to make up the lost time because the shorter transit times allowed for less flexibility than longer-haul services. It also creates a snowball effect where you still have the containers in the port waiting collection and by omitting ports you just worsen the situation in the transhipment ports. They said the problem could get worse, as the typhoon season has yet to get under way and intra-Asia volumes are growing by around 6%-7% per year. (Excerpted from Lloyds Loading List)
In an effort to consolidate information across the container terminal operations, PMV is providing CIFFA with regular performance updates. These high level summaries are meant to augment regular and more detailed communication from terminal operators and railway service providers. These updates may evolve as efforts continue to restore fluidity to the Vancouver Gateway.
As of 8:00am on Monday, August 25:
Deltaport: TSI Deltaport has a total of 8,850 TEUs of import rail on-dock with an additional 4,425 TEUs due to be discharged through Friday morning.
Vanterm: TSI Vanterm has approximately 3,300 TEUs of import rail on-dock with an additional 4,800TEUs due to be discharged through Friday morning.
Centerm: DPW Centerm has approximately 3,600 TEUs of import rail on-dock with an additional 3,750 TEUs due to be discharged through Friday morning
On Dock Dwell: Average dwell is currently running between 4 - 10 days depending on the rail carrier and terminal. Based on forecasted volumes for import rail containers and railcar supply, on-dock import rail footage is expected to remain high at Port Metro Vancouver through August.
Vancouver port terminals are congested due to increased import volumes over the Vancouver gateway . Although most import containers are loaded on rail within 7 days, there are situations wherein the terminal can’t apply first in and first out and containers have stayed longer on dock . The current average dwell time at Vancouver Port is 11 days. There has been follow up with terminals to push to load the oldest containers (dwell time over 11 days) with 1st priority.
Reasons for Delays:
§ PMA / ILWU negotiation at USWC ports – no contract since Jul 01/14
§ Since May 01/14 US customers have re-routed over 40% of their USWC volume through Canada ports for furtherance to USA via rail
§ Port of Vancouver has seen an increase of 41% between May 01 –Jul 31. Largest throughput since 2003
§ Rail Delays are direct result of the increased US volume. Not enough railcars for US traffic; causing delays at terminals
Current Measures Taken to Alleviate Problem:
§ Carriers have been asked by CN / CP to reduce the number of bookings taken at Origin destined for USA via Canada port
§ Some carriers (UASC included) approached by Terminals to revise regular routing i.e.: Switch first port of call from VAN to SEA
§ Short Term change in rotation buys terminal/rail additional (3) days to evacuate equipment
§ Centerm has embargoed all US Shipments – accepting Canada cargo only
§ Prince Rupert has the longest dwell as 80% of all cargo moving via Prince Rupert is destined to USA. Severe lack of railcars
Current Dwell Times:
§ Deltaport – Currently (4) days. Approx 115,000ft container on dock with 63,000 to discharge….190,000ft of railcar on hand and moving 27,000ft container/day
§ Centerm – Currently (7) days. Approx 34,000ft container on dock….30,000ft of railcar on hand and moving 5,000ft container/day
§ Vanterm – Currently (6) days. Approx 29,000ft container on dock….24,000ft of railcar on hand and moving 5,000ft container/day
§ Prince Rupert – Currently (9) days. Approx 156,000ft container on dock….115,000ft of railcar on hand and moving 20,000ft/day
There has also been notice of progress. Improvements have been made in clearing up the delays.