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 … READ MORE >

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 … READ MORE >

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.

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FROM NORTHERN NEVADA

MUM’S THE WORD IN THE DESERT

There is a festival out in the Black Rock Desert (200 miles north/northeast of Reno) held every year at this time where freedom of expression rules. Interestingly enough we have been banned from using the festival’s name. So much for true freedom of … READ MORE >

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

TEXTALYZER

Just like a breathalyzer tests a driver’s breath to gauge the level of alcohol in his system, a textalyzer will gauge whether or not a driver has been tapping or swiping their phone.

After an accident, law enforcement can plug the driver’s phone into the device to check … READ MORE >

TRIVIA

Question:  What is the Latin word for “elsewhere?”

Hint:  This word is often used when a person under suspicion of a crime was somewhere else when the crime was committed.

Answer:  Alibi

CAAP 3.0

Ten years ago, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced their joint Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which called for an aggressive retirement schedule for older trucks, and, in the case of the Port of Los Angeles, a requirement that all truck drivers serving their port be … READ MORE >

NAME THAT PART

 

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

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GROWN UP IN OAKLAND

We have mentioned in past newsletters that SSA’s terminal in Oakland is raising four cranes by 27′ to accommodate the new, larger mega ships, but seeing it first hand was really impressive.

Pictured in the foreground is the newly raised crane. Pictured to the right in yellow is the … READ MORE >

AYE AYE MATEY

Quadriga is building the largest cargo sailing ship. The vessel will be 558′ long, will carry up to 2,000 cars and will travel at 10-12 knots. Cool, right!?!

NEED FOR SPEED

A young thrill seeker. You have to admire the ingenuity.

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 >