This past month, Richard Coyle, President Devine Intermodal and 2015 President California Trucking Association, joined a delegation for a “Call on Washington DC.” Richard and trucking representatives from California and around the country visited legislators to discuss transportation hot buttons… infrastructure funding, hours of service regulations, and of course the port slowdowns we all suffered through.
On this trip, Richard was also able to meet directly with Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, to discuss the excessive demurrage, per diem and chassis charges assessed to the industry during the slowdowns. Mr. Cordero was very receptive and empathetic to the plight of the trucking industry as well as cargo owners.
All marine terminals in Oakland are closed today, May 1st, in honor of May Day aka International Workers’ Day. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are taking the opportunity to recognize their holiday as well as the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Originally, today’s stop work meeting was scheduled to allow ILWU members time to review the contract, which will be up for vote the 22nd of this month.
Over the past two years, we have been saying the stagnant operations, lines, congestion, long turn times and the lack of marine terminal fluidity are the new normal. We are not sure how we feel about Doug Drummond’s, President of Long Beach Harbor Commission, confirmation of our assertions. Should we say “I told you so!” or “Our worst fears have become reality?”
Honestly, it does not really matter. What matters is, the industry has recognized there are systemic problems that need to be addressed. Big ships, chassis divestment and a host of other game-changers are here. We cannot continue to operate with yesterday’s model. We need to continually push for change and improvements to the entire supply change. We need to do better for drivers. We cannot continue to expect them to shoulder the burden of these inefficiencies.
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As most of you know and have likely experienced directly, there is a driver shortage out there. We are doing everything we can to recruit and retain drivers.
In this vein, we strive to properly train new drivers in the idiosyncrasies of navigating the port. After all, ports are a whole different animal compared to other trucking sectors.
With our sites set on safety, training, recruiting and retention, we designed and purchased a truck with ample room for note taking, training, and even lunch.
LIVING THE DREAM
You have to hand it to this young lady, Allie Knight. She did not let age, gender, or social norms dictate her career path. Click on the video link to the left to see she is on the road and loving it!
We fully appreciate the black eye California ports are sporting as result of the soured labor negotiations and resulting slowdowns. But, seriously, Florida as a viable alternative??? It is apparent East Coast ports are not ready for the increased volumes. The headlines of industry publications are a testament to that.
Louis Jordan (pictured above) with Coast Guard rescuer
Hapag Lloyd’s vessel the Houston Express rescued a stranded sailor 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina last month. The sailor, Louis Jordan 36, had been missing for 66 days after his boat capsized during a storm. He survived by rationing the food he brought for his trip, catching fish with a net and saving rain water.
Under pressure from agricultural exporters, the trucking industry and many other affected groups, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) undertook a study on the demurrage, per diem and chassis charges assessed during the West Coast ports slowdown. The full report can be read here. While the Commission stopped short of mandating adjustments to the per diem and demurrage policies, they did propose changes to lessen their impact. The FMC recommended ocean carriers could reduce or waive the charges, marine terminals could employ technology to improve truck turn times and port authorities could add mandates or incentives to improve terminal productivity.
Water conservation has taken hold at Devine. We have stopped watering our lawn. We will post pictures monthly so you too can track its demise.