FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

USA PARKWAY EXTENSION OPENS

Reno/Sparks is growing!  New businesses, new warehouses, new technologies, and new people are flooding into the area.  The Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), about 15 miles east of Reno, is home to quite a bit of this new growth.

To support their prosperity, the State of Nevada fast-tracked a road construction project extending TRIC’s USA Parkway from I-80 through to Highway 50.  This important link connects people to additional job and housing opportunities.

Well done Nevada!  Watch the video clip above to put an exclamation point on the importance of this roadway.

CALL ON WASHINGTON

Bennie Gamble, VP Nevada, pictured back row, second from left.

Devine is active in our communities, in our states and at the national level. Recently, as part of a delegation representing Nevada, Bennie Gamble (VP, Nevada) made a call on lawmakers in Washington DC.

We are doing everything we can to instill the importance of logistics to our legislators.

THE DEFINITION OF HUBRIS

Hubris [hyoo-bris], noun, excessive pride or self-confidence, arrogance, see southern California ports.  (Okay, we added that last part.)

Last month, we highlighted the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) requiring zero-emission trucks and terminal equipment, but it warrants further discussion.

The cost of this program is wildly underestimated by the ports.  They are betting on equipment that is yet to be tested and viable.  They are also betting the cargo owners so love a Southern California Gateway they are willing to absorb the lion’s share of the burden.

Weigh that thinking with the fact that just last week, the Panama Canal celebrated its 2,000th neopanamax crossing since the opening of the new, larger locks just 15 months ago.

Wake up California!  Cargo, like water, will find the course of least resistance.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

ELD’S BRING SIZABLE RATE INCREASES

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) will be mandatory on December 18, 2017, and there is no doubt this change will impact your supply chain.  The use of ELD’s will constrict truck capacity and lead to rate increases. It is estimated truck rates will increase by 10% or more.

No matter the mode…full truckload, LTL, drayage…all commercial truck drivers are allowed to be on-duty for a total of 14 hours in a day, with maximum drive time of 11 hours in a day.  Should the driver get hung up in traffic, at a marine terminal, at a loading or unloading location, or anywhere else on his journey and not be able to complete the delivery within the allowable hours of service (HOS), he will have to pull over and rest for 10 hours.  Yes, even if he is minutes away from his destination.  It is a hard, inflexible stop.  No exceptions.

There was a last ditch effort by some in the trucking community to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate.  However, the appeal fell on deaf ears with our federal legislators.
While Devine invests heavily in our safety program and closely monitors drivers’ HOS to ensure compliance, it is estimated 30% of the nation’s drivers apply “flexibility” with their paper logs.  As a result, it could take longer to move your cargo, and, as an industry, it will take more drivers to move the same amount cargo.

The ever-present driver shortage is going to make it even more complicated.

Be prepared!  Start a dialogue with your provider now.

ILWU ORGANIZING EFFORTS

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been focusing on organizing the superintendent role at marine terminals. This position has traditionally been a management function, but the union has been successful in bringing those responsibilities under their umbrella at two terminals in Southern California, APL’s Global Gateway South and Pasha Stevedoring. Additionally, the ILWU is in negotiations at two other terminals, ITS and Everport.  

As contract negotiations bogged down for the work at APL’s terminal, the ILWU established picket lines and shut down operations.  The terminal was closed from last Thursday until Saturday morning when an agreement was reached.

Please be prepared for vessel delays coast-wide as this terminal works through the backlogged created by the closure.

NAME THAT PART

Do 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!  

FUN FACT

OKTOBERFEST

Just in time for Oktoberfest celebrations, here’s a story about converting a refrigerated ocean container into a mobile tap room.  Fitted on the outside of the container are 78 tap handles from 40 Maine brewers.

Just like any ocean container, the Maine Beer Box can be transported by ship, rail or truck.  Its first journey was to an international beer festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Logistics brethren, here we go again… thinking inside the box.

ROUNDHOUSE EMPTY YARD CLOSES

SSA’s terminal in Oakland had an off-site location to return and pick up empty containers, the Roundhouse. The purpose of the Roundhouse was to improve turn times and cargo flows.  After nearly a year and a half of operations, SSA has decided to close the Roundhouse citing the implementation of additional equipment and labor at their main terminal.

CONSPIRACY THEORY

The earth is flat!  All the pictures and reports of a round earth are a conspiracy! Or, so rapper B.o.B. believes.  Take a gander at the attached video and, if you are so inclined, support his “Go Fund Me” campaign seeking $1,000,000 for satellites to prove his naysayers wrong.

 

You know what they say…it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round.