CAPITOL GAINS

Bennie at NV CapitolRecently, Bennie Gamble, VP Nevada for Devine Intermodal made a call on Nevada’s state capitol to talk to lawmakers about issues important to trucking specifically and to logistics as a whole.

At the same time, the American Trucking Associations, “Share the Road” truck and trailer were on site giving lawmakers and the motoring public tips on safely sharing the road.

Bonus question:  What is the capitol of Nevada?

Answer: If you guessed Las Vegas, you might want to revisit your 3rd grade elementary school teacher.  The correct answer is Carson City.

TECH TALK

The fertilizer company Yara is building an autonomous, emission-free containership. The ship will transport fertilizer from their production plant in Porsgrunn, Norway to their distribution points of Brevik and Larvik, Norway.

 

Take a look at the above video clip.  Think the rest of the container-shipping world is ready?

RAISING CRANE

Cranes Port of OaklandThe Port of Oakland is planning for the future by preparing for the mega ships and their inevitable calls on US West Coast ports.  These behemoth ships require taller cranes in order to reach the top layers of containers on fully loaded ships.  So, to be ready, the port has begun work on raising the height of four ship-to-shore cranes by 27 feet.

The process entails removing one crane at a time from service.  The crane will be braced while the lower legs are cut, removed and replaced with extensions.  The entire process is expected to take nine weeks per crane.

Modern engineering is a fascinating thing.

GET YOURS TODAY

In past newsletters, we have showcased homes made from old shipping containers, but this video demonstrates a new twist on what can be done with retired shipping containers.  A container swimming pool!

Get yours in time for some summer fun.

SPEEDERS REJOICE

While it does not apply to trucks, the speed limit in Northern Nevada between Fernley and Winnemucca has been raised to 80 mph! Watch the video above for more details.

For all you speed demons, lead-foots, and autoists…sounds like a summer road trip is in order.

NAME THAT PART

Name That Part June 2017Do you know what this part is? It is something used in truck or container 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!  

TEXAS TO INCREASE WEIGHT LAWS

The United States’ agricultural and resin shipping communities have long been pushing to increase the 80,000lb maximum truck weight restriction.  Across the country, 80,000lbs is the maximum weight allowed for the combination of truck, chassis, container and cargo as well as the combination of truck, trailer and cargo.

Resin is a huge commodity shipping out of Houston.  In another case of “oneupmanship,” the governor of Texas just signed a bill to increase the maximum truck weights to 93,000lbs for truck-trailer combination with six axles and 100,000lbs for combinations with seven axles.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and will apply to export and import containers traveling on set routes within 30 miles of the port complex.

FUN FACT

 

NIMBY (not in my back yard) usually applies to an unwanted development in ones neighborhood, but this dog took it to a whole new level.  Check out the video above.

WHAT’S CHINA UP TO NOW?

China Silk RoadRemember the Silk Road of ancient times? China is looking to recreate and modernize the overland trade route.  One Belt, One Road is the what they are calling it, and the plan is to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa via a vast network of roads, ports, railways and airports.  There are even plans to include fiber optic lines and electrical grids. Quite an ambitious plan, but then the country’s development bank has reserved $890B for more than 900 infrastructure projects.