FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

usa-parkway-niov-2016USA Parkway is the main drag in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, which is about 15 miles east of Reno and home to large-scale distribution centers. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has fast-tracked a plan to complete the roadway to connect I-80 with Hwy 50.  This connector will allow for better access to cargo and commuters. Construction will continue through the winter and is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2017. 

DEVINE DRIVERS RECOGNIZED

At the California Trucking Association’s (CTA) Driver of the Year banquet, eight of Devine’s finest were recognized for their commitment to safety.

Back row l-r:  Jonathan Young, Scott Echols, Robert St. John, Mack Stone, Carlos Salguero.   Center:  Joe Farrow, California Highway Patrol Commissioner.   Front row l-r:  John Jackson, David Morgan, Mike Wynne.

Back row l-r: Jonathan Young, Scott Echols, Robert St. John, Mack Stone, Carlos Salguero.
Center: Joe Farrow, California Highway Patrol Commissioner.
Front row l-r: John Jackson, David Morgan, Mike Wynne.

Thank you for everything you do to ensure the safety of our customers’ cargo, your fellow truck drivers and the motoring public at large.  You exemplify the “Devine Difference.”

DRIVING TIPS

With the winter driving season upon us, it is a good time to review tips on safely sharing the road with trucks.  Please take a couple of minutes to watch the video above.

Be safe out there!

TRAPAC TROUBLES

truck-queueIn an effort to ease congestion, shorten truck turn times and avoid “closed areas of the yard,” TraPac will initiate an appointment system starting next Tuesday, December 6th.  Effective this date, all loaded import containers will require a pick up appointment.

As we learned from our previous experience when SSA began requiring an appointment, there will be an adjustment period.  Transaction times will likely get worse before they get better. There will be a backlog of containers to sort through. And, it always takes time for everyone in the supply chain to become accustomed to new operating rules.

Please be prepared and be patient as we adjust to the new landscape.

NAME THAT PART

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

TIRED TIRES

It makes a difference, especially in wet weather, where you put your two new tires. Watch the video above, so you will know what to do with your tired tires.

LA/LB… AGAIN

lalb-clean-air-action-plan-2017Back in 2006, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced their joint Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) with the goal of reducing emission levels for trucks, yard equipment and ships.  The ports differed on the subject of Los Angeles’ requirement that all truck drivers serving their port complex be employees rather than independent owner-operators.  The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sued the port on the grounds it violated federal law (Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act – F4A) and won in the US Supreme Court in 2013.

 

Fast forward, the ports have announced an update to their plan.  CAAP 2017 will require further emission reductions and the use of zero-emission vehicles (which are not even feasible yet).  Some of the plan highlights are:

  • Phase in clean engine standards for trucks and transition to zero-emission drayage trucks by 2035.
  • Transition to zero-emission yard equipment by 2030.
  • Expand the use of on-dock rail with a goal of 50% of all inbound cargo leaving by rail.
  • Develop charging standards for electric cargo-handling equipment.
  • Explore short-haul rail, staging yards, truck appointment systems, off-terminal queueing, intelligent transportation systems and other strategies for enhancing efficiencies across the supply chain.
  • Develop infrastructure plans to support the electrification and use of alternative fuels for terminal equipment.

We are currently in a 90-day comment period.  If you have suggestions or opinions you wish to share with the San Pedro Bay port authorities regarding CAAP 2017, you may do so through February 17, 2017 via this email link

BREAKBULK BOX

“Breakbulk” and “box” have traditionally been mutually exclusive freight hauling options. Not anymore.  A hybrid container has successfully been tested by ATS International.  The container is comprised of a flatbed and then walls and roof as a single unit.  Watch the above video as a demonstration of how it works.  

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE

This year’s National Christmas Tree is from the Payette National Forest outside of McCall, ID.  Guess what gift followed the tree to Washington, DC.  Click on the above video to find out.

On the subject of Christmas trees, the good folks at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, NV refused to be out-done by those yahoos at Rockefeller Center, New York this year. The Nugget bought a 105′ tree to commemorate the holiday season.  The tree in New York…a measly 94′.

HAT’S OFF TO AGRICULTURE

almond-bloom-w-truck-005-corrected-copyThe Port of Oakland’s export numbers jumped 10 percent since October 2015.  The primary contributing factor is an increase in agricultural shipments, specifically a 30 percent rise in exports of edible fruits and nuts.

The Port of Oakland has always had a more balanced mix of imports and exports.  Exports account for 52 percent of the port’s business with farm products contributing 40 percent of Oakland’s exports.

We are honored to be part of the process for our agricultural exporters.