Front row left-right: Haidy Vazquez, Judy Romero, Amber Sykosky, Lacey Torres Back row left-right: Tammy Sanders, Melissa Bruns, Carl Dolk, Karen Vellutini, Kathie Baker, Stephanie Gonsalves
Devine takes home the gold!
The California Trucking Association (CTA) held its annual Fleet Safety Award dinner last month. For the second year in a row, Devine takes home the top prize in the intermodal division. This award “exemplifies leadership in keeping California highways safe.”
As you can see from the photo above, safety runs deep in Devine’s culture. Multiple offices and multiple departments were on hand to accept the award.
Thank you to the entire Devine team for your focus on safety. Your efforts behind the scenes as well as the safe driving on the roadways are at the core of this win. Well done!
Our commitment to safety was in full force at our Reno Driver Safety Meeting last month. Quarterly, we gather the fleet at each of our terminals to review safe driving skills and general housekeeping.
The hardworking men and women from our Reno terminal traverse Donner Summit in all kinds of weather as well as travel on California’s heavily congested roadways. Thank you all for doing your jobs so professionally.
Oakland’s marine terminals are closed today. The ILWU’s May stop work meeting, normally held on the night shift on the third Thursday of the month, has moved to the day shift on Monday, May 1st to coincide with International Workers’ Day.
For those unfamiliar with this “holiday,” Wikipedia defines it as follows: A celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement, socialists, communists or anarchists.
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), which controls dock labor on the west coast, agreed to send its rank and file members a formal proposal to extend the contract until July 1, 2022. The extension proposes pay and pension increases and maintains the union’s “Cadillac” healthcare plan. There is a push to extend the contract not only because the last negotiations were protracted and painful, but the current contract expires on July 1, 2019, which is right on the heels of the east coast’s ILA contract expiration of September 30, 2018.
Former chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission and former president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission has been chosen as executive director of the Port of Long Beach. Cordero will assume the post this month and has said, “I am so pleased to be coming back home to the Port of Long Beach during this time of dramatic change in the maritime industry.”
Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) will be required in all trucks effective December 18, 2017. These devices will precisely measure driver hours of service. As a result, close planning and routing will be of utmost importance to ensure the driver can complete the delivery within the allowable hours of service.
While ELDs will affect all modes of trucking, the drayage market will be especially impacted. Congestion in and around marine and rail terminals, chassis and container shortages, booking and clearance issues, and myriad other roadblocks in getting containers moved will eat through available hours of service. Those delays will have negative repercussions in the number of moves a driver can do in a day.
If these congestion issues persist, drayage costs will rise due to lack of productivity, the necessity for pre-pulls, and drivers leaving the industry.
Ocean carriers continue their game of “one-upmanship.” MOL inaugurated the 20,179 TEU MOL Triumph on March 27, Maersk followed suit with the 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk on April 11, and on the horizon is OOCL’s 21,200 TEU vessel the OOCL Hong Kong. These ships are massive and will be placed in service on the Asia-Europe corridor. There will be a trickle down as 15,000-18,000 TEU ships on the lane are re-deployed in the TransPacific trade.
The Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), about 20 miles east of Reno, is not only home to wild horses, large-scale distribution centers and Tesla’s gigafactory but also now to Google.
Google just purchased 1,210 acres of land in TRIC. They have not announced their development plans, but their filing with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission indicates robust power needs. Maybe a data center? Maybe a collaboration with nearby Tesla on self-driving technology? Google is being mum about their plans, so we will have to wait and see. Stay tuned.
It would seem trucks have become “cool.” Everyone is looking to automate them, platoon them, electrify them, hydrogen-power them. Every other day, there is a news report about a new technology that can be implemented in heavy-duty trucks.
Hey, we are open and are exploring these alternatives, but, then, we have always thought trucks were cool.