ILWU CONTRACT EXTENSION

Nightside OperationsThe 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.

LONG BEACH PICKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mario CorderoFormer 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 LOGS & YOU

One of Devine's ELDs in action

One of Devine’s ELDs in action

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.

MINE IS BIGGER THAN YOURS

Madrid MaerskOcean 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.

 

NAME THAT PART

Name That Part May 2017Do you know what this part is? It is something used in truck or container transportation.

 

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MORE FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: GOOGLE’S NEW HOME

Wild Horses NevadaThe 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.

TECH TALK

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.

Tesla Semi TruckHey, we are open and are exploring these alternatives, but, then, we have always thought trucks were cool.

TOLD YOU SO

Measuring Snow PackThis year’s punishing winter in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains resulted in more snow than can be measured

The traditional snow-measuring device is a 16′ tube which is forced into the snow pack to determine its depth.  This year, 16′ is not even close to measuring the snow pack.

We are at historic levels not seen in thirty years. All this snow has made for difficult transportation this winter, but if you are looking for the silver lining, at least California’s drought is over.

CALIFORNIA LAW MAKERS ARE AT IT AGAIN

Fuel Island 009California’s roads are dilapidated.  There is no arguing that point. But, they did not get that way because the citizens are not taxed enough. Quite the contrary.  Californians pay some of the highest fuel taxes in the country.  Lawmakers, however, routinely rob funds (collected through taxes and fees) that are earmarked for roads in favor of sending the money to the general fund. Who knows what happens to it then, but we can guarantee it is not spent on roads and infrastructure.

Well, California’s elected officials are at it again. Governor Jerry Brown announced a plan to generate $5B per year by increasing the fuel tax by $0.12 per gallon, initiating a $100 annual fee on electric vehicles, increase vehicle registration fees and creating “new taxes.”

The plan supposedly has oversight to ensure the money is spent on transportation and not diverted to other priorities.  Excuse the skepticism, but we have heard that before.

FROM NORTHERN NEVADA: LAKE BLACK ROCK?

Water on Black Rock DesertNormally, the Black Rock Desert is a dry, dusty, desolate place.  This winter’s wet weather has covered the desert in a lake of water.  Don’t worry.  It should be dried out in time for this year’s festival for which tickets went on sale last week and were sold out in a manner of minutes.