11/02/2011: Port of Oakland Protest

The Port of Oakland was shut by protestors in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Wednesday. Several thousand protesters gathered together outside the nation’s fifth-biggest harbor. Occupation of the Port lasted for five hours by blocking exits and streets with illegally parked vehicles which caused all evening operations to be shut down.  The protesters were expressing dissatisfaction over closure of homeless aid program by blocking the street and were tossing dumpsters, trash bins and sparking bonfires at least as high as 15 feet in the air. Dozens of protesters were eventually arrested.

The port’s main exports are mainly to Asia and range from wine, fruits and nuts and handles imports such as manufacturing equipment, cars and parts from Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai. Financial losses from the closure are not available yet but will certainly harm all companies involved. The impact of the protest will be a significant loss in revenue for all logistic businesses in both private and commercial sectors.

Custom Officer’s Strike in Greece

As advised by  Hapag-Lloyd regarding the current strike situation in Greece:

The Federation of Customs Officials has published an announcement declaring that they will start their mobilization on the 14th October 2011.  It is expected that Customs Offices will not be operative from 14/10/2011 – 0700 hours to 24/10/2011 –  0700 hours.

Western Canada-Northern USA rail delays

June 21,2011- approximately 1445 Pacific Time-USA, a mainline outage occurred at Albert Canyon between Golden and Revelstoke in British Columbia. Crews are on scene and once an estimate of line clear is available, we will provide an update.

In southern Saskatchewan, the Souris River remains high and fast-flowing on portions of the Weyburn Subdivision between the Canada/U.S. border and Moose Jaw. The railway’s reroute plan is fully activated with shipments being moved over other gateways including over the Great Lakes. It is estimated this part of the line will be out of service for a week to ten days.

Just south of the border, the situation at Minot, North Dakota has worsened over the past 24 hours with city officials issuing a mandatory evacuation notice to over 10,000 residents. If the water reaches the newly predicted levels, it will top the record set in 1881 by over six feet and put CP’s mainline out of service sometime Wednesday as it rises. The river is expected to crest on Monday, June 27.

To mitigate the delays in the Portal Corridor from Glenwood to the border at Portal, we are pulling shipments back to Glenwood to fold into the trains being routed over the Noyes/Emerson and eastern gateways. Depending on the routing of the shipments, delays between 24 and 48 hours will occur. There is no impact to traffic moving between eastern and western Canada.

To view photos of the washouts and a map of the areas that are out of service and under watch, please click here. As the conditions change, embargos will be amended and/or removed.




There is a current backlog of containers moving to Kazakstan and the surrounding region when cargo moves via Qingdao, China. There may be a solution to this problem after June 20th when Railway official decide a proper course of action. The primary issue is shortage of rail flatcars.