It has been a difficult summer. The on-going labor shortages in Oakland have negatively affected terminal operations and, therefore, driver productivity.
However, hope is on the horizon. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) has agreed to promote 100 casual to registered longshore status and hire an additional 400 casual laborers.
This news is welcomed by all using the Port of Oakland.
California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel usage by 50% by 2030. He has tasked the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to collectively “develop an integrated action plan by July 2016 that establishes clear targets to improve freight efficiency, transition to zero-emission technologies, and increase competitiveness of California’s freight system.”
It is expected much of this freight plan will be focused on maritime operations and drayage trucks. Here we go again! Fact: Trucks serving California’s ports are already required to be the newest and cleanest in the state’s good movement network. Fact: Container ships calling California’s ports are already required to use ultra-low sulphur fuel and plug into shoreside power while at dock. Fact: Technology to achieve zero-emission trucks is not yet viable. Electric trucks have an 80-mile radius and fuel cell trucks have a 200-mile radius.
At the behest of several industry groups, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is taking a more active roll in reviewing chassis inspection procedures as well as per diem and demurrage fees assessed during the negotiation-related work slowdowns. Initially, the FMC requested the ocean carriers provide information for analysis, however, the information has not been forthcoming. Now, the FMC is looking into issuing an order to demand the information.
Normally, clearing brush and weeds would be performed by machinery, however, the severe drought in the Reno area makes traditional means a significant fire risk. So, the county has hire goats as an eco-friendly means of keeping the weeds at bay. No pesticides or machinery needed, just a herd of hungry goats.
Last month, we highlighted three bills being considered on Capitol Hill. One, the Ports Transparency Act, which would have required marine terminal operators and ports to supply the federal government with productivity data, has been removed of its bite. Labor and port interests lobbied to have the reporting requirement removed during periods of contract negotiations. Labor feared the data would be used to undermine their negotiating position.
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