Pictured above back row l-r : Patrick North, Scott Silsbee (California Highway Patrol Assistant Commissioner, Field), Robert St. John, Alfredo Alba. Front row l-r: Mark Remizov, Keith Sears, Jacob Cuevas, Junnyl Rasay.
Our drivers are the cream of the crop. Seven of the “best of the best” were honored recently at California Trucking Association’s Annual Driver Awards Banquet.
We salute you, gentlemen, and all that you do to ensure the safety of yourselves, the cargo you carry and motoring public.
The Children’s Museum in Portsmouth, VA has a hands-on exhibit where kids (and parents/grandparents) can load and unload a container ship. It is a great way to expose the public to the positive contributions of logistics. We think it is pretty darn cool…so did little Allison. She is the granddaughter of our assistant controller, Melissa Bruns.
YES, VIRGINIA, INTERMODAL TRUCKING WILL BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY ELD’S
We have been asked by many of our customers if the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate going into effect on December 18th will affect the movement of their ocean containers. The short answer is yes.
The longer answer is yes because…drivers may not be able to return to their home base and/or make their final delivery for the day in the available hours of service. This is especially true if drivers are held up along the way for any reason…terminal queues, terminal transactions taking more than an hour, chassis issues (shortages/repairs/chasing), container shortages, booking problems, container availability issues, chassis splits, traffic, congestion, weather, queues at guard shack, delays in unloading, etc.
All of these hurdles will inhibit the driver from completing his/her dispatch(s) for the day.
The end result is it will take more days to deliver the same number of containers, which will put a strain on driver capacity, even in the intermodal sector. Additionally, drivers will be earning less per day, and there will be upward pressure on the driver pay structure.
Remember, every minute counts. Even if a driver is 15 minutes from destination or home base and comes to the end of his/her hours-of-service clock, he/she has to stop or be in violation.
We call upon everyone in the supply chain to please do your part to ensure drivers remain moving and productive. It is in our collective best interest.
The Girl Scouts have a new badge to earn…Women in Trucking. The program entitled “Trucks Are for Girls” provides participants exposure to trucks as well as the impact trucking has on their lives. The goal is to educate Girl Scouts about job opportunities in the trucking industry.
Is it too late for women already in the trucking industry to earn a badge? We know a few who would like one.
Last night, the Port of Oakland’s Board of Commissioners gave the final approval to turn 180 acres of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest in-port, state-of-the-art logistics center.
The port has partnered with CenterPoint Properties to develop a $52M logistics facility, which will, in Phase I, offer 440,000sqft of warehousing, cross dock and rail transload opportunities.
This logistics hub is a key component in the port’s long-term growth plans and will bring additional container volumes and jobs to the port. For more information on this project click here.
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WIND IS NO JOKE
The above picture was taken in Wyoming prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and is a good reminder that winds are a serious issue for trucks. Trucks are top-heavy and prone to getting blown over in high winds and wind gusts. We face this weather issue, especially on the flats east of Reno. Please be patient with us when we say deliveries will be delayed due to high winds.
The need for speed. Swedish automaker Koenigseeg won the World’s Fastest Production Car title when their Agera RS clocked 284.2 mph on a Nevada roadway.
Click on the picture above for an in-car video of what 280 mph speed feels like.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Air Action Plan 3.0 targets the industry (logistics) that accounts for less than 1% of Southern California’s total NOx, PM10, PM2.5, DPM and SOx emissions. What about the industries that produce the remaining 99+% of these pollutants? Do you hear that? Crickets.
The above two photos were taken one day apart at a nearby gas station. The photo on the left depicts fuel prices yesterday, October 31st, and the one on the right is today’s, November 1st, fuel prices. Why the steep increase? Because California’s legislature and governor approved SB1, The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 increasing the state’s sales and excise taxes on fuel.
In a nutshell, the excise tax on gasoline rose from $0.18 to $0.30 while the excise tax on diesel spiked from $0.16 to $0.36 and the sales tax on diesel increased from 9% to 13%.
California’s infrastructure is woefully inadequate….failing freeways, bridges and surface streets. We could on and on about how we got here by our lawmakers stealing from the transportation fund and putting the money into the general fund to pay for the latest pet project, but, we have been down that road before.
Oh, did we mention, this is not the last of the increases? We will see more on January 1, 2018, July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are forging ahead with their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) requiring zero-emission trucks and terminal equipment. The plan, which has come under fire by everyone in the industry except for the two ports, will be put to a vote by the ports’ harbor commissions at a joint public meeting tomorrow, November 2, 2017. It is widely anticipated the commissions of both ports will approve the plan.
Click on the video link above featuring John McLaurin, President Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, highlighting the plan’s pitfalls.
Well, it certainly taps into our inner crazy at Devine. We love the holiday and dress up to prove it. We had werewolves, Elsa, Cat in the Hat, beauty queens…you get the picture.
Fun was had by all!