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TOLD YOU SO

Last month, we reviewed the latest round of ocean carrier mergers and acquisitions. We mentioned there were persistent rumors of COSCO buying OOCL. OOCL consistently denied the rumors. Then, BAM, an agreement was reached for COSCO to buy OOCL for $6.3B.

COSCO plans to keep OOCL as a stand … READ MORE >

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ELD’S SEND TRUCK RATES SOARING

ELD’S AND YOU 

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) will be required in all trucks beginning December 18, 2017.  Currently, drivers keep track of their hours of service via a manual, paper log. ELD’s, on the other hand, will electronically monitor and record drivers’ on and off duty time.

While Devine … READ MORE >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY

For the most part, marine terminals on the west coast were closed last Friday in honor of Harry Bridges’ birthday. So, who exactly was Harry Bridges?

He was the father of the ILWU. If you remember last month’s story about “Bloody Thursday,” Mr. Bridges was instrumental in planning the … READ MORE >

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NAME THAT PART

Do you know what this part is? It is something used in truck or container transportation.

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ILWU CONTRACT EXTENDED

We have good news to report: It looks like the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) will approve a three-year contract extension, thereby, taking the contract out to July 1, 2022. While it is not official, the voting is strongly in favor of the extension (67% pro, 33% against). … READ MORE >

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OUCH, OUCH, OUCH

The days of being entertained by a constant stream of trucks getting stuck under a low bridge, affectionately name “The Can Opener” in Durham, NC are coming to an end.

After years of trying different tactics, the city’s engineers implemented a traffic light which is triggered by over-height vehicles. Signs … READ MORE >

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FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

DRYING OUT IN THE DESERT

Just a few short weeks ago, the playa in the Black Rock Desert, which is home to Burning Man, was under water. The result of a long, wet, drought-breaking winter. Well, revelers’ fears can be allayed. The playa is drying out and should be just … READ MORE >

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FUN FACT

First Responders come in all shapes, sizes and breeds

ONE MORE THING

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase the PierPass fee to $144.18 per 40′ effective August 1, 2017.  The PierPass program assesses a Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) on all loaded container transactions completed during the day shift while the same transactions at night and on weekends are … READ MORE >

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BLOODY THURSDAY

Forget what your calendar says.  It is not Wednesday.  Today is actually Bloody Thursday.  It is the one day of the year the longshoremen will not work – in any capacity – on the waterfront.  Bloody Thursday is always honored on July 5th and commemorates the violent end to an … READ MORE >

Let's talk mergers and acquisitions....

SHARK TANK

Maersk is proceeding with the merger of Hamburg-Sud, who had already taken over CCNI in 2015.

Hapag-Lloyd expects to have United Arab Shipping Company fully integrated into their operations by the fourth quarter of this year.

CMA-CGM has assimilated APL/NOL into their operational network.

K-Line, NYK and MOL’s joint venture … READ MORE >

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WOULDN’T THIS BE FUN

While sitting in congestion and traffic, we have certainly dreamed about such an invention.  Imagine if we could make this happen with a big rig, chassis and container.  Now, we’re talking.