TERMINAL CHANGES AFOOT

Ben E Nutter (aka 7th Street, Marine Terminals, MTC, Seaside, STS, BENT, Evergreen) will close temporarily while it transitions from one stevedoring company, Seaside Transportation Services (STS), to another, Everport Terminal Service (ETS).

The closure will begin on Saturday, December 5th and is expected to last 2-4 weeks.  During this time, Evergreen’s vessels will call SSA.

The purpose of the closure is to upgrade computer systems and equipment.  One such upgrade will be Optical Character Recognition (OCR) cameras and portals.  This technology reads the container and chassis numbers and transmits the data to the gate clerks, thereby, increasing gate fluidity.

While there is never a good time for a terminal closure, we are concerned about the short holiday weeks ahead, the likelihood of regular longshore labor taking extended time off, the possible lack of enough skilled labor to work the yard, and the additional volumes and pressure on SSA.

The best plan of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.SONY DSC

TWO MUST ATTEND EVENTS

Holiday Mixer BlankHoliday Party:  Join Women in Logistics (WIL) and the Pacific Transportation Association (PTA) for the annual Holiday Mixer and Food Drive.  Thursday, December 10th, 5:00pm-8:00pm, The Fat Lady, Oakland, CA.  Let us know you are coming by registering here.

 

State of the Port Luncheon: Join Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and Women in Logistics (WIL) for a State of the Port luncheon featuring Chris Lytle, Executive Director, Port of Oakland.  Thursday, January 21st, 11:00am-2:00pm at Scott’s, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA.  Registerhere.

COMMITTED TO SAFETY

CTA Fleet Safety Award 2015 001Six Devine drivers were honored at this year’s Fleet Safety Awards sponsored by the California Trucking Association (CTA). Pictured above left to right:  Alfredo Alba, Mark Remizov, Mack Stone, Joe Farrow (Commissioner, California Highway Patrol), Keith Sears, Mike Wynne, and Junnyl Rasay.

Thank you gentlemen.  We appreciate all you do to ensure the safety of yourselves, the motoring public and the cargo you move.

It is no easy feat hauling cargo on some of the nation’s busiest and most congested roadways as well as traversing mountain passes in the snow and Valley freeways in the fog.

Well done!  You make us proud.

TRUCK DRIVER REUNITES FAMILY WITH PET

A family in San Marcos, Texas became separated from their beloved dog when they were forced to evacuate their home due to the floods which ravaged the area this past May.  Months later, the dog was found wandering in Crescent City, CA.  The local animal shelter tracked down the dog’s owners using the implanted microchip.

The owners had no idea how the dog got all the out to California and were anxious for his return, however, they could not afford the $1500 price tag to do so.

A California-based truck driver on his way to Texas steps in and volunteers to drive the dog home.

THE IMPORTANCE OF F4A

Fwy w Rolling Hills 016The Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (F4A) governs commerce.  Its purpose is to preclude States, Counties or Municipalities from enacting or enforcing laws or regulations controlling or hindering the movement of commerce.  The federal government recognized that interstate commerce needs to be protected from a patchwork of laws across the country, and there needs to be one governing body regulating commerce.

Makes perfect sense, right?  Yet, there are states, California being a particularly active one, that continue to enact laws which aim to do just that.  The state routinely establishes regulations which affect the rates, routes and services of motor carriers…a major “no-no” in F4A.  Remember the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Air Action Plan and its onerous requirements on the motor carriers.  The lawsuit between the port and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) was eventually overturned when it went all the way to the Supreme Court.  Well, the attack on the principles of F4A has not relented.

It is for this reason, that all sectors of trucking and logistics need to continue to support federal legislation and legislators that seek to put an end to this practice once and for all.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS

Winter Driving Tips

With our four-year dry spell, we have not had the need to caution folks about winter driving,  This year, however, we are expecting heavy rain and snow in California and Nevada.  What better time to review the four safest, bad weather, driving habits:

  1. Drive as slow as you need to…not as fast as you can.
  2. Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  3. Clean off your car and windows…do not attempt to drive through a “peephole.”
  4. Pay attention…focus on driving.

Be safe out there!

MAKING THE NEWS

Last month, we featured Robert St. John, Devine Driver Trainer, being interviewed by the local news.  ABC’s Sacramento affiliate was doing a story on jobs in Sacramento that pay more than their Bay Area counterparts.  Trucking was one of those jobs, and Robert is a great spokesperson for the industry.  Click the photo above for the link to the news clip.Robert ABC 10 Interview Oct 30 2015 013

RIPE FOR CONSOLIDATION

SONY DSCOcean container shipping’s unfavorable supply/ demand ratio, the continuing need to “go big or go home” and ever-declining freight rates are making the industry ripe for consolidation.

China Shipping and COSCO have already filed their merger plans with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). CMA-CGM is now in exclusive talks with NOL/APL regarding a buyout.  It was recently rumored that Hanjin and Hyundai were headed for a merger before South Korean officials announced their belief that reducing the country’s ocean carriers would have a negative impact on their export competitiveness. Even Maersk, once in discussions with NOL/APL, has indicated consolidation is in the wind.  Soren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line, was recently quoted as saying, “This industry is in need of consolidation.  To the extent that if it makes sense for us to participate, then we will do so.”

The impact of consolidations on cargo owners is still being debated.  Some say a reduction in the number of ocean carriers will lead to stability and lower freight rates while others surmise it will lead to higher freight rates and decreased service offerings.  The last round of mergers and acquisitions, about 20 years ago, taught us that all of the above are true.  Give it time, and every single one of those effects, positive and negative, will happen.

DRONES

DroneWe all know Amazon.com is exploring and testing the use of drones to deliver small packages. While that’s cool, what is even better…the University of Leeds in the UK is developing a drone to autonomously inspect and repair potholes.  Their program is also looking to use drones for streetlight maintenance and pipeline repair.

Now, that is some outside the box thinking.

FUN FACT

Interstate SignsWhy do Southern Californian’s put a “the” before the freeway number?

The Los Angeles region was an early adopter of freeways, even before the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956.  These early freeways became known by their purpose.  You were going to San Bernardino, you got on “the” San Bernardino Freeway, which, overtime, became just “The San Bernardino,” as did “The Hollywood, ” “The Ventura,” etc.

Then came the interstate system and the need to identify these freeways by numbers.  Eventually, the number of the freeway eclipsed the name, but the “the” remained and became a part of the SoCal vernacular…the 5, the 101, the 405.