Maersk Line announced Jan. 20, 2015, the following statement:

In Seattle, T-18 unexpectedly closed early today. As a result, T-18 will not receive empty containers tomorrow, Wednesday January, 21.
Terminals in Oakland have seen similar challenges today:

  • At SSA several lanes for import pick-up today were closed due to “heavy congestion and labor challenges”
  • Ports America is currently only accepting empty reefers and 40ft dry containers.
  • TRAPAC advised that they closed today due to unresolved issues with labor.

For Los Angeles and Long Beach the return of empty containers is beging signigcantly impacted by congestion. Nearly all terminals have advised of restrictions on the return of empty equipment. With that, we would like to advise you of the following:

  • At Pier A, return of empty containers were suspended Wednesday of last week for multiple ocean carriers. For Maersk Line, this restriction has been lifted and Pier A will accept empties starting tomorrow Wednesday, January 21.
  • Pier 400 will accept empties on a dual transactuion basis, meaning empty returns must be accompanied by an import load being pulled for delivery out of Pier 400.
  • Pier T is not accepting empty returns with January 28th being the earliest possible date for empty container returns. All Maersk empty containers normally returning to Pier T can be returned to Pier 400, as long as the motor carrier completes a dual transaction as outlined above.