TRAPAC WOES

truck-queueJust when you see a light at the end of the long congestion-tunnel, BAM, the lights go out.  This time, it is TraPac that is leading to the long truck turn times in Oakland.

TraPac’s increased volumes have had a negative impact on queues and terminal transaction times. They are working to alleviate the congestion, but it will not be an immediate fix.  As we know, there are no quick fixes to congestion.  Here are some of the initiatives and plans TraPac has in place and the timeline for implementation:

Before the end of the year:

  • Install four additional cranes to speed up the deliveries of grounded import containers.
  • Implementation of an appointment system to even out the truck flows in the import grounded stacks.

Q1 – Q4 2017:

  • Expand footprint by 57 acres, nearly doubling its size.
  • Acquire two additional vessel berths.
  • Total expansion expected to take 11-12 months.

Q2 – Q3 2017:

  • Expand the ingate facility to improve truck velocity.
  • Implement new gate and yard technology for better truck and cargo flow.

We are appreciative TraPac is taking action to correct the slow turn times, but, boy, do we wish there was a major wand because it is going to take a while.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: GIVING BACK

thanksgiving-food-basketEvery year, our Reno office makes a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Thanksgiving Food Basket drive. The VFW provides food basket to active duty, reserve, national guard and veteran military members and families in need.  We are proud to participate in the valuable program.

ENGAGEMENT

Devine and its employees are highly engaged in industry and business groups. Recently, Thomas Radcliff, Account Executive, spoke to fellow Rotarians regarding the benefits of being an active member of the West Sacramento Rotary.thomas-at-rotary-oct-2016

TURBULENCE ON THE SEAS

ship-at-dock-10Hanjin’s bankruptcy was an eye-opener to many as well as a barometer of the health, or lack thereof, of the liner industry.  After years of red ink, ocean carriers are realigning their organizations, buying out competitors or merging with other container lines.

 

2015 brought us the mergers of Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV as well as Hamburg-Sud and CCNI.

 

In September 2016, Maersk announced it was reorganizing its business units to better align with their respective functions.  Transportation and Logistics in one division and Energy in another.

 

Earlier this year, we saw COSCO merge with China Shipping, Hapag-Lloyd with United Arab and the CMA-CGM buyout of APL. 

 

Just yesterday, the Japanese contingent entered the fray.  NYK, MOL and K-Line announced plans to merge their container businesses. They plan to establish a joint venture company July 1, 2017 and begin operations of the combined company on April 1, 2018.

 

Our guess…these changes are not going to be the last we see.

BEER RUN

Recently, an autonomous truck made a 120-mile journey in Colorado to deliver a load of beer.  Once the driver navigated the truck onto the interstate, he literally took a back seat.  Check it out in the video above.

NAME THAT PART

Do you know what this part is? It is something used in truck or container transportation.name-that-part-nov-2016

 

Play “Name That Part” by liking us on Facebook.  Click here to be directed to our Facebook page and place your guess.

 

Good luck!  

DEVINE RECOGNIZED FOR EMISSION REDUCTIONS

The Port of Oakland held a press conference last week to provide an update on where they were in reaching their emission reduction goals.  

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Devine was given a shout out for having the newest fleet serving the port.  These trucks have the latest in emission reduction and fuel economy technologies.

 

We are proud to be part of the port’s 98% reduction in truck diesel particulate matter.  98%! Wow! That’s huge!

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ONLY IN CALIFORNIA

As part of his climate change agenda, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, has regulated cow farts.  Yep, cow farts.  Nope, we are not kidding.  Cow farts and manure cause methane, and methane, he contends, hastens global warming.  As a result, the state’s dairy farmers have been tasked with reducing their methane emissions by 40% by 2030.

 

The days of the “Happy California Cow” just might be numbered.

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FUN FACT

This summer a 1,000 member band played Rebel Rebel.  This endeavor gives the term “Big Band” a whole new meaning. How awesome is this!  David Bowie would be proud.  Click the video link arrow above to see for yourself.

AND THEY’RE OFF….

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) will sit down today and tomorrow to discuss an early contract extension.  The current contract expires June 30, 2019…a mereilwu-in-action-oakland 2.5 years from now.

Given the turmoil we encountered during the last contact negotiation, all stakeholders as well as the US Congress are pushing for a speedy and amicable extension.