GUESS WHO WON CALIFORNIA’S FLEET SAFETY AWARD?

Fleet Safety Awards Apr 2016Devine won…as if there were any doubt.  

 

At the recent Fleet Safety Award banquet hosted by the California Trucking Association, Devine took home First Place for running safest intermodal fleet in the entire state. 

 

Congratulations team!  Your commitment to putting the best fleet on the road is clearly demonstrated by this award, and it exhibits the commitment to quality and professionalism in everything you do.  Thank you!

OTHER WAYS TO “BURN”

In case you did not get tickets to this year’s Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada, have no fear un-ticketed burner, there are other opportunities to experience the “burn” around the world.  Here is a list of Frost Burning Manseven Burning Man’s you probably did not know existed.

  1. KiwiBurn held in Hunterville, New Zealand in late January.
  2. FrostBurn held in Masontown, WV in mid-February
  3. AfrikaBurn near Tankwa Karoo National park, South Africa in late April
  4. Playa del Fuego over Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekends in Odessa, DE
  5. MidBurn in mid June in the Negev Desert, Israel
  6. To the Moon also in mid June in Sneedville, TN
  7. Nowhere held in early July in Castejon de Monegros, Spain

SOLAS: WHERE WE STAND

Container LashingsAs a reminder, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rule requiring shippers worldwide to certify the combined weight of the cargo and container is set to go into effect on July 1, 2016.

The SOLAS rule outlines two methods to calculate the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container and its contents.  One is to weigh the loaded container and subtract the weight of the truck, fuel, driver and chassis, and the other is to weigh the cargo, packaging and dunnage and add in the tare weight of the container.

There has been considerable push back from US shippers who argue they should only be required to provide the weight of the items under their control (cargo, packaging materials and dunnage) and not include the weight of the container, after all they neither own nor maintain the container.  In compliance with past weight regulations, shippers are already required to provide the gross and net weights of their cargo.

Ocean carriers, on the other hand, have stuck to the letter of the rule, which states the “shipper” is responsible for providing the VGM.

Enter the US Coast Guard, who last Friday issued a bulletin declaring “existing US laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in SOLAS.”  Translated this statement says the current means of achieving the VGM, where the shipper provides the net and gross cargo weights and ocean carriers add in the tare weight of the container, is perfectly acceptable.

GROWING GREEN

Our trucks are not the only “green” thing around Devine.  Thomas Radcliff, Account Executive, spent a day planting trees in West Sacramento.

Thomas Tree Planting Apr 2016

Thomas, thank you for the making our community a better place to work and live.

NAME THAT PART

Name That Part May 2016Do you know what this part is?  It is something used in intermodal or truck transportation.  Play “Name That Part” by liking us on Facebook.  Click here to be directed to our Facebook page and place your guess.  Good luck!  

WALKING THE WALK

When it comes to safety, we don’t just talk the talk…we walk the walk.  We hold quarterly safety meetings at each of our terminals to review safety procedures, new rules, changes to existing laws, company policies and customer requirements.Driver Meeting Apr 2016 Reno Safety Meeting Apr 2016 Sac

A big THANK YOU to all of our drivers for their time and attention at these meetings and for their follow through on our commitment to safety.

FUN FACT

Smiley MomHere’s a little trivia for you.  The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother…69.  The first wife of Feodor Vassilyev of Shuya, Russia had 69 children between the years 1725 and 1765.  She had sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. Wow!

Happy Mother’s Day!