The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are forging ahead with their Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) requiring zero-emission trucks and terminal equipment. The plan, which has come under fire by everyone in the industry except for the two ports, will be put to a vote by the ports’ harbor commissions at a joint public meeting tomorrow, November 2, 2017. It is widely anticipated the commissions of both ports will approve the plan.
Click on the video link above featuring John McLaurin, President Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, highlighting the plan’s pitfalls.
Maersk Line is limping back after being hit with the ransomware virus Petya on June 27, 2017. The cyberattack crippled operations and communications worldwide. The line is slowly bringing global terminal operations back on-line. It is an arduous process, and, in the meantime, many operational functions are being handled manually.
In Oakland, we have not experienced any issues with the release of imports traveling on a Maersk bill of lading.
Much has been written on this subject, and we are not going to go into detail covering the stance of each side. Suffice it to say the trucking industry has room for all models. It should not be a “one size fits all” proposition. Drivers should be able to choose to be an independent entrepreneur or an employee. It is a big table, and everyone is welcome.
Since the closure of Ports America, the Port of Oakland has been aiding in the transition of cargo volumes by subsidizing off-hour gates (i.e., nights and weekends). The subsidy was always intended to be a short-term fix and will expire the end of this month.
As we know and have experienced, SSA needs additional hours to process the number transactions necessary to keep containers moving. In order to continue to provide extended hours, effective June 27, 2016, SSA in Oakland will begin assessing a $30 fee on all loaded containers regardless of the time of day the transaction is made.
SSA will use the $30 to fund continued night gates. These night gates will be Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm to 3:00am and will service exports, empties and imports.
This model is different than PierPass in Southern California, which places a fee on all containers moved on the day side and moves on the nights and weekends are free. Spreading the fee across all containers keeps it lower and having no “free” hours will help even out the flow of containers across both shifts.
The below information is quoted from SSA’s advisory on the subject:
Listed below is information regarding payment. We will continue to keep you updated as we move closer to the implementation date. Please continue to monitor our website at https://b58.tideworks.com/forecast under NEWS at the right of the home page “Extended Gate Fee Instructions” for updates.
Fees will be billed after cargo has in-gated and loaded the ships.
Exporter on record for booking will be billed unless otherwise specified to Salt Lake City
A Customer Information Form will be posted on our website , but is immediately available through Salt Lake City. OICTGateFee@ssamarine.com
Forms must be filled out and an account set up for billing for all export loads.
A constraint will be applied to the imports for “Extended Gate Fee” which will place the container on hold
Customers (i.e., cargo owners) will be able to pay by check, money order, or wire transfer to SLC. Specific instructions are posted on our website.
Once paid, container will show available in Forecast
Import lanes 2, 6, B & K appointments cannot be made until fee is paid and showing available
Payments can (and should) be paid prior to vessel arrival as long as the information is available in Forecast.
SSA’s terminal in Oakland was shut down this past Monday due to a difference in contract interpretation. SSA and ILWU Local 10 have had a long standing agreement for the crane operators to show up 20 minutes before the start of the shift (for which they are paid one hour) to perform the necessary safety checks on equipment. This early start enables the cranes to be up and running when the rest of the longshoremen and the drivers show up and all can hit the ground running.
The ILWU argues this early start is not part of the current contract nor was it discussed with the union. Instead of arriving 20 minutes early on Monday, the crane operators arrived at the traditional start time. In response, SSA sent them home, which resulted in the ire of all the longshoremen who walked off in sympathy, thereby, shutting down the terminal for the day.
The net result is this issue will be the first dispute to be reviewed and decided upon by the three-person arbitration panel put in place during last year’s ILWU/PMA contract negotiation. A decision on the issue/ interpretation is due early next week.
Courtney Burnett, former Devine employee and now 1st grade teacher at West Park Elementary in Fresno, is teaching her students how goods move around the world. To help, we brought a truck and container to school for her students to see first hand.
We are doing what we can to educate and inspire the next generation of logistics professionals.
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Bloody Thursday is an ILWU holiday commemorating a riot and honoring the deaths of four people on Thursday, July 5, 1934 in San Francisco. It is the only day of the year you will not find a single longshoreman anywhere on the dock.
The strike and subsequent riot marked the birth of the ILWU. For more information about Bloody Thursday, click here.