SATURDAY’S PROTEST IN OAKLAND CANCELED

Block the Boat 2010

Block the Boat 2010

The group “Block the Boat,” in an effort to show solidarity for Palestinians, was planning to picket SSA terminal in Oakland tomorrow, Saturday, August 2, 2014. The purpose of the picket was to block the Zim vessel (an Israeli owned ocean carrier) from discharging and loading containers in Oakland. The group has called off tomorrow’s protest, however, they have not taken a port picket off the table entirely. According to their Facebook page, “We have decided to convert this Saturday’s event into an action that raises awareness about the plight of Palestinians, connects with the workers at the Port, and builds towards a powerful block of the Israeli ship in the coming weeks.”

In 2010, there was a similar protest in Oakland which, indeed, resulted in a Zim ship leaving Oakland without being worked.

MAJOR HIGHWAY PROJECT TO SNARL TRAFFIC THROUGH SACRAMENTO

Photo from KCRA

Photo from KCRA

If your cargo is destined for Sacramento and points east like Reno, Sparks, McCarran or Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, McClellan, expect delays as drivers fight through traffic and take circuitous routes.

CalTrans is undertaking a major repaving project on highly-used I-80. 160,000 vehicles traverse this stretch of roadway every day. For the first year, drivers traveling eastbound through a 10 mile span will have the choice of being locked into an “express” lane or routed to a single lane of “local” traffic. If you choose the “express” lane, you will be driving on a two-lane road separated from other lanes of traffic by K-rail, and you will not have the option of exiting this “tunnel” until the end of the construction area. If there is an accident or stalled vehicle, you are not going anywhere as you locked into these lanes. The other option is no more enticing as drivers will be constrained to a single lane of freeway for entrance and exit to the roadway.

This project is expected to last two doggone years. One year for the eastbound lanes and a second year for the westbound lanes. What is the end goal?…to create a longer carpool lane, of course.

We are working with our drivers on routes to mitigate these delays. Some alternatives require out of route miles for which we are considering a construction surcharge to compensate the driver.

ILWU NEGOTIATIONS

Cntr Loaded onto TruckThere is not much to report on this subject.  By all reports, negotiations are proceeding amicably and, despite working without a contract, there have been no related disruptions at West Coast marine terminals. Certainly a welcomed development!

Over the past month, negotiations have been on hiatus three times.  Last week’s break was to allow the union to caucus.  Caucus affords union leadership the opportunity to present to rank-and-file members the status of negotiations thus far and to test their support or opposition to the offers on the table.  The two other breaks, including the one currently in effect until Monday, August 4, are to enable the ILWU to continue unrelated negotiations in the Pacific Northwest to address an ongoing dispute between the grain handlers and the ILWU.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

Hats OffHATS OFF TO OUR AWARD WINNING DRIVERS

Devine’s drivers are the best of the best. As proof of such, five of our drivers have recently been awarded “Driver of the Month” honors by the California Trucking Association.

A round of applause to our winners:

  • Sukhvinder Bains
  • Amandip Singh
  • Robert St. John
  • Daniel Vidal
  • Jesus Ymbol

Congratulations gentlemen, and thank you for your tireless commitment to safety!!!

STATES WITH THE HIGHEST FUEL PRICES

Fuel Island 009Get your shocked face ready…. Outside of Hawaii and Alaska, with their transportation and distribution issues, California’s fuel prices rank as the 3rd highest in the nation. Our whopping $0.498/gallon in fuel taxes does not help, nor will the estimated $0.14/gallon increase in 2015 as a result of the state’s Cap and Trade program. As part of the program, California’s refineries will be required to pay a tax based on their emissions. This tax will, of course, be passed along to the consumer.

California cannot source fuel from other states as it requires a unique blend of fuel. Refineries in other parts of the country do not find it cost effective to produce and ship into California when it is the only market requiring this boutique blend of fuel.

NAME THAT PART

Name That Part Aug 2014Do you know what this part is? It is something used in intermodal or truck transportation. Play “Name That Part” by liking us on Facebook. Click here to go to our Facebook page and place your guess. Good luck!

FROM BEHIND THE DOCK DOORS

Reno Warehouse Truck + Van 003 ANorthern Nevada is adding to its e-commerce foothold by courting high tech companies. Not far from the casinos, Reno has a new Startup Row featuring high tech companies and the Reno Collective which offers shared workspaces to foster creativity and entrepreneurialism

Northern Nevada has many advantages including its proximity to Silicon Valley, ease of transportation to the Western US, no income or inventory taxes, plenty of land and an eager workforce.

FUN FACT

Word CrimesBeing grammar “enthusiasts,” we found this “Weird Al” video quite humorous and with many helpful hints for the less enthusiastic.

Click here to enjoy the video.

CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT HAS SIGNIFICANT AND LASTING AFFECTS

California’s Central Valley will bear the brunt of the $2.2B economic loss as a result of the drought. This year alone, 409,000 acres of farmland have gone fallow. If the drought continues, we can expect an additional 240,000 acres of fallowed farmland each of the next two years. The lost revenue to the region is staggering and will not affect only farmers but the entire state as one industry cannot experience such an economic hit without it rippling through the rest of the state and even neighboring states.

In recent weeks and months, farmers have been chastised for their use of groundwater. In their defense, please see the below graphic:

Rice Uses Less Water 002