OAKLAND…FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE

Click on the video above for a quick review of the Port of Oakland’s strategic plan.  It is a good review of where they have been and how they are positioning themselves for a positive future. Even more information on growth here.

Pictured above are members of the Port Efficiency Task Force taken at last week’s meeting. Get out your magnifying glass to see if you can spot Richard Coyle and Karen Vellutini.

We have mentioned the Port Efficiency Task Force in past newsletters.  As a reminder, it is a group of stakeholders…cargo owners, motor carriers, ocean carriers, terminal operators, freight forwarders/customs brokers, labor, trade associations, railroads, etc…brought together to tackle and resolve issues hampering port productivity.  It is an active group and has been lauded for implementing many initiatives. Devine proudly participates.

 

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!  

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES (ELD’S)

While the ELD mandate went into effect on December 18, 2017, the enforcement date was April 1, 2018.  Most operators were compliant with the regulation prior to December, however, some drivers and companies delayed the implementation until the regulation was going to be enforced.  The mandate’s impact has been significant even prior to April 1st, and we expect that trend to continue.

To be clear, the hours of service (HOS) allowance did not change.  What did change was the driver’s ability to be flexible, especially during waiting or idle-time scenarios. The result is drivers are much more likely to decline moves which eat into their HOS.  The cost of moves which delay the driver in any way, even 15 minutes, is going up.  Without the “fudge factor,” those 15 minutes could be the difference between completing the move in one day or taking an additional day.  That loss of productivity erodes driver pay.  Hence all the headlines about increased trucking costs.

We have said it before, there are always bad apples out there trying to circumvent the law.

Take a look at the video above regarding cheating ELD’s.

LEADING THE WAY

Karen Vellutini, Vice President Sales & Marketing, provided the closing remarks at last month’s Women in Maritime Leadership Conference.  The conference was attended by industry professionals as well as by those interested in pursuing a career in the logistics and maritime industry.

TAKING CALIFORNIA TO TASK

JB Hunt is heading to the US Supreme Court to dispute California’s wage and labor laws.  JB Hunt shares the opinion of many in the state that California’s laws are in direct conflict with federal law.  There is a provision in the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (F4A) prohibiting states and municipalities from impacting interstate commerce by implementing laws or regulations that interfere with a motor carrier’s price, routes or services.  California’s laws do just that.

A FUTURE IN TRUCKING

There is a campaign to lower the age in which a person can obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from 21 to 18.  With the nationwide driver shortage continuing to mount, getting recent high school graduates into the trucking trade before they are lost to other industries is a good thing.  

 

In Northern California, Patterson High School recognizes the value of logistics. They not only have a logistics program at the school they are also offering a truck driving course.  

FMC TACKLES PER DIEM, DEMURRAGE

Per diem and demurrage charges have long been a thorn in the side of motor carriers, forwarders/brokers and cargo owners alike. These industry segments formed the Coalition for Fair Port Practices and called upon the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to review the unfair practice, amount and application of these fees.  Their voices were heard.  The FMC voted unanimously to investigate their claims.