BIG BEN

Ben Franklin GG BridgeA whopper of a ship, CMA-CGM’s Benjamin Franklin is 1,300 feet long (taller than the Empire State Building) 177 feet wide (wider than a football field) and 197 feet high (the height of a 20-story building).  At a capacity of 18,000 TEU’s, it is the largest vessel to ever call an American port, and it docked in Oakland on December 31, 2015.  What a way to ring in the new year!

Oakland is one of the few “big ship ready” ports in the nation.  Knowing that ocean carriers were ordering larger and larger vessels, the port began preparing years ago. They completed the dredging project to give ship channels and berths a 50′ draft.  They have cranes tall enough to handle the bigger ships and are working diligently to raise the height of four additional cranes. And, they are modernizing marine terminals.

These steps will ensure the Port of Oakland is prepared for the future and these behemoth ships.

Check out the video below of the Benjamin Franklin in the turning basin.

NAME THAT PART

Do 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 be directed to our Facebook page and place your guess.  Good luck!  Truck Line Up Jan 2016 001

Okay, it is impossible to resist a spoiler on this one.  The answer is…the first of 22 new trucks coming into our fleet! These beauties are destined for the Reno corridor and showcase our commitment and growth on that lane.

Thanks for your support.  We will continue to grow with you.

UNION NEWS

ILWU in Action 002In union news, the Office Clerical Unit (OCU) of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) are quickly coming to agreements with employers a full six months before the expiration of the existing contract.  Good news because their last round of negotiations ended up with pickets at the marine terminals and ILWU members refusing to cross the line.
The “Cadillac Tax” on union healthcare plans has been a point of contention in contract negotiations on both the East and West coasts.  Well, the sides received a reprieve when Congress approved a two-year delay in its implementation.

LNG SHIP LAUNCHED

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEje7KWlg2c
TOTE launched two liquified natural gas (LNG) powered container ships built in the United States by General Dynamics NASSCO.  The Perla del Caribe (pictured above) will enter service in the first quarter of 2016 and its sister ship, Isla Bella, began service in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The ships were specifically engineered for the US to Puerto Rico trade.  The use of LNG will reduce NOx emissions by 98%, SOx by 97%, CO2 by 72% and particulate matter by 60% over ships currently employed in that lane.