FOCUS ON SAFETY

Dick at SF Safety Press Con Feb 2015 001Richard Coyle, President Devine Intermodal and 2015 President California Trucking Association, recently promoted pedestrian safety as part of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s “Vision Zero” campaign.

Click on the photo above for a news clip from the day.  At minute marker 1:28 are Richard’s comments.

NOW WHAT?

ILWU in action OaklandAfter nine months of being nauseous from the contract negotiation roller coaster, we have a tentative agreement. So, now what?

While we await the ILWU rank-and-file review and vote on the contact (estimated to take 45 days or so), we get back to the important task of moving cargo. It will take some time, months likely, to dig out of the backlog of ships and containers.  After all, we did not get into this mess overnight, so we are not going to get out of it overnight. The entire logistics chain is strained to the breaking point…terminal operations, chassis availability, vessel schedules, rail road capacity, cargo owners…not to mention your frazzled motor carrier.  The network lacks the elasticity to rebound overnight.

The good news is, labor is back at work, and marine terminals are hiring workers for second and weekend shifts.However, the sheer demand of work needed has resulted in a shortage of labor. Therefore, ships will be a port longer than “normal” but shorter than what we have been experiencing these past few months. We will see modest improvements over a prolonged period of time.

As we search for the light at the end of the tunnel, the overwhelming sentiment is, “We cannot settle for what passed as normal in July 2014. We have to do better than that.” Everyone in the network is committed to finding resolutions to improve productivity. If West Coast ports are to regain the confidence and cargo lost, it is imperative to take action in this regard and quickly.

 

DRAWING MEDIA ATTENTION

Dick Sac Bee Port Issues Feb 6 2015

Richard Coyle pictured above

The lack of media coverage, outside of industry publications, during the labor disruptions was dismaying. Devine was very active in drawing attention to the issue. The above photo as well as comments by Richard Coyle, President Devine Intermodal, was featured in a story in the Sacramento Bee. CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

 

Karen Vellutini pictured second row

Karen Vellutini pictured second row

Meanwhile, Karen Vellutini, Vice President Sales & Marketing Devine Intermodal, was part of a press conference on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. The event was organized by Assemblywomen Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and focused on California businesses negatively impacted by the work slowdowns.

 

Karen was also featured on Fox40 in Sacramento discussing the long term effects of the labor disruption. CLICK HERE to see the news clip.

NAME THAT PART

Name That Part Mar 2015Do you know what this part is?  It is something used in intermodal or truck transportation.  Play “Name That Part” by liking us on Facebook.  Visit our Facebook page and place your guess.  Good luck!

 

ADVOCACY

Dick & RJ State Capitol Feb 2015Richard Coyle has been hard at work being an advocate for international and domestic transportation.  In the past month, he has met with seven legislators and the Governor’s Office to discuss a wide range of issues affecting goods movement in California. Two of the most pressing topics discussed included the port labor dispute and infrastructure funding.

FUN FACT

Smiley Face ColdWith winter in full swing everywhere but California, we thought you would like to know that life can flourish at great temperature extremes…such as below 5F in permafrost and above 230F around thermal vents. Maybe not human life…but life.