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With millions of shipping containers around the world transporting cargo most people would expect that the number of containers would be carefully itemized but incredibly, the incidences of loss are often unaccounted for. Only in the last decade, have surveys of the ocean-carrier losses been taken and such reports often use estimated data.
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In the event of a maritime incident, salvage companies and tug boat operators are crucial to providing safety and environmental services. These emergency situations are reliant on salvage and tugboats because as TUG Technology & Business states, “Tug operators are usually one of the first on the scene of a shipping accident, saving seafarers lives, recovering cargo, mitigating losses for the industry and preventing pollution.” Unfortunately, these services are being put under pressure as they try to deal with financial struggles they are facing from a under-appreciative industry.
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Experienced Port Official, Captain Mike Moore, explains how to navigate through the litany of Port and Environmental regulations. Captain Moore details some of the history and the political discussions that arise in the cargo transportation world and points out how the regulations can affect the industry. In his article, he states “Cargo, jobs and economic well-being of ports, regions and our country depend on trade and the efficient movement of goods. Cargo diversion due to ill-advised regulatory overreach, confusion and cost does not do the economy or environment any good.”
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Colorado is one step closer to having rules and regulations regarding nonconsensual heavy-duty tows.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission released a proposed set of regulations on Wednesday, April 12. The commissioners will soon vote on the proposal.
A nonconsensual tow generally includes all law enforcement-dispatched tows to clear the roadway after an accident. In these situations, truck drivers aren’t afforded the opportunity to check the prices and services offered by multiple tow companies.
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Every year millions of dollars’ worth of cargo is damaged. It has recently been found that 65% of damage that occurs in cargo could have been avoided if proper cargo packing techniques were used. Improper packing not only damages shipments but can lead to serious injury for workers especially in unloading units. The standards in place are often overlooked even though they are helpful for everyone across the industry.
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High wind speeds can pose many challenges to truck drivers, so it is important that they are aware of the area and if there have been any recent travel restrictions. As evidence by the tragic accident that occurred at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel yesterday afternoon. While there were no travel restrictions at the time of the wreck, high wind speeds caused restrictions earlier in the day. The Bay Bridge-Tunnel Police Department is now investigating the accident to rule out any other factors.
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A new report predicts major retail container ports will see a 4.4 percent increase in imported cargo volumes this month ahead of the holidays.
The monthly forecast from the Global Port Tracker also indicates that December "should see a slightly larger increase" in retail imports than the November projection. The report, issued by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, also pointed out that cargo volumes for ports covered in the survey rebounded in October after showing a decline in September.
"Retailers are importing more during the holidays this year than last year and that can only mean one thing – they expect to sell more," Jonathan Gold, the federation's vice president for supply chain and customs policy, said in a statement. "Most of the holiday merchandise is already here, but retailers are still restocking to be sure shoppers will have a broad and deep selection as they hit the stores over the next several weeks."
Telsey Advisory pointed out in a research note Tuesday that promotional discounting tied to the holidays has already started and indicated that inventories appear to be "much leaner in the department store channel compared to last year."
Cargo volumes for the full calendar year are expected to be up 2.2 percent from a year ago. It follows the first half of 2016 with a slower 1.6 percent pace in volumes when compared with the year-earlier period. The monthly tracker covers about a dozen ports, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, California, and New York/New Jersey and Miami.
Overall, the federation is still forecasting holiday sales will be up 3.6 percent this year when compared with last year. That is above last year's increase of 3 percent but could prove to be overly optimistic given recent softness in the retail space.
JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers said in a note Tuesday that some weak retailer results have raised concerns about the overall consumer retail environment. "If the consumer doesn't bounce post-election, we worry that this late cycle weakness looks more like a recession," he said.
The latest tracker forecast also sees monthly cargo volumes moderating in early 2017. It predicts February cargo volumes will fall 3.2 percent from the year-earlier period after a forecast for January's 3.6 percent growth.
According to Hackett Associates founder Ben Hackett, U.S. imports continue to grow but at a slower pace than in past years.
"Despite all the good economic news recently, we are faced with imports growing only about 2 percent this year," he said in a release. "Whether that is merely part of the aftermath of the Hanjin bankruptcy or a sign of weakening demand is not yet clear. Unless there is a major disruption, however, growth should be modest but sustained during the first half of 2017."
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WEARE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly 150,000 pounds of apples were spilled when a semi-truck heading from Sparta to Ludington rolled over on US-31 in Oceana County Tuesday morning, northern Michigan news outlets report.
The crash happened around 10 a.m. near Monroe Road in Weare Township, near Pentwater, the Oceana County Press reports.
The semi was hauling about 80,000 apples weighing in at about 149,000 pounds, according to the Press. They were meant to be used in making applesauce. Photos from the scene show the semi trailer overturned, smashed crates and the apples scattered across the median.
The semi driver, 62-year-old Dennis Radford of Grand Rapids, told the Press he doesn’t know what caused it.
“It happened so fast,” he told the Press. “I was driving along, hit the brakes, and I ended up here. … Some rescue guys came right away, cut the seatbelt loose, and got me out.”
He sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
One of the nation’s busiest seaports will set aside extra room on its docks to accommodate some of the estimated 7,000 cargo containers with nowhere to go after the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co., officials said Wednesday.
The financial fall of the world’s seventh-largest shipping company has wreaked havoc across the supply chain as retailers, truckers and cargo managers finally get ahold of televisions, apparel and other products stranded at sea for two weeks.
But instead of relief, they have found themselves with another headache – where to put the backlog of containers and how to acquire the chassis need to move them.
Now there appears to be an answer.
“I think within the next day or so, we’ll have issued entitlements to our customers to give them space to start storing these containers,” said Jack Hedge, director of cargo and industrial real estate for the Port of Los Angeles.
Hedge said some terminals already have started accepting Hanjin containers turned away by cargo handlers that didn’t want to have to store the hulking corrugated boxes in terminals where they create congestion on valuable land.
Los Angeles has been working with its counterpart, the Port of Long Beach, to create room for the glut of containers, he said.
Long Beach officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Normally, truckers must return the empty steel containers to the terminal shortly after they are unloaded.
The containers are among the billions of dollars in assets that are being disputed after Hanjin filed for receivership in a South Korean court on Aug. 31. A U.S. bankruptcy judge granted Hanjin protection from any more seizures in United States territory.
Many of those containers are not owned by Hanjin, but by third parties.
With a reported $14 billion worth of goods on Hanjin ships around the world, retailers and shippers are anxious to recover their goods. As of Tuesday, 94 vessels were stranded at sea or being blocked from unloading at terminals, Hanjin spokeswoman Min Park said in an email.
Three Hanjin-operated vessels have docked at the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles after the Korean bankruptcy court released $10 million to ensure four ships in U.S. waters could be unloaded.
A fourth vessel, the Hanjin Gdyina, is in line to dock, Park said. Nine other vessels operated by Hanjin remain in U.S. waters.
This week, the chairman of Hanjin Shipping, Cho Yang-ho, sent $35.7 million from his personal assets, and former Chair Choi Eun-young contributed nearly $9 million to move cargo.
“Ships are coming in, cargo is being unloaded and goods are making their way to store shelves,” said Noel Hacegaba, chief commercial officer at the Port of Long Beach, where Hanjin holds a majority stake in its largest terminal.
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NEW CASTLE, Del. (WTXF) - The left lane of I-95 northbound is now open again, according to Delaware State Police, but the latest from SKYFOX at about noon shows traffic is still backed up for miles.
The trouble started more than ten hours ago when a tractor trailer collided with a jersey barrier in a construction zone, causing it to flip and spill blank pennies all over the highway, shutting it down.
The accident just before 2am forced all I-95 northbound traffic off at Exit 5A, Airport Road. Since that’s just before the I-295 eastbound split which leads to the Delaware Memorial Bridge, traffic to New Jersey and New York was also affected.
It took five hours for crews to cut away the truck with steel hacksaws and get it towed away, but there was still lots of work to be done at the scene.
Bob Kelly compared traffic to a parking lot, saying it was backed up for miles to Route 273. Five lanes were narrowed down to one. There was no access to Wilmington or the Delaware Memorial Bridge. He suggested getting off at Exit 4, which is the Christiana Mall exit. Then, take Route 1 south to Route 13. Other possible alternatives are Route 4 and Route 2.
Steve Keeley reported the road was very slippery ahead, even to walk, like an ice rink possibly from a fuel spill. The crash happened at 1:53am when the tractor trailer hit a tall concrete barrier. Possible causes are construction and rain.
There was also a new sign in the construction zone that may have caused the driver to lose control while trying to skid to a halt.
At one point, there was a crane with braces at the scene, trying to clean up the truck, but it wasn't easy.
The truck spilled 40,000 pounds of blank pennies all over the road, especially the right lane. They were headed to the mint in Philadelphia to be stamped. A cleanup truck has already been at work, but Keeley reported hearing them scrape against the concrete, leading him to think they’ll be shoveled up, along with other debris.
He also said there doesn’t look like the road was damaged, despite a minor fire since the crash was so violent.
And police say the driver "has suffered minor injuries and is currently being assessed at the scene."
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A truck was forced to take the runaway ramp on westbound Interstate 70 Monday afternoon after losing its brakes coming down from the Eisenhower Tunnel.
The driver was unharmed, but an axle on his vehicle broke, delaying the process of removing it from the ramp. According to a Colorado State Patrol officer on the scene, the summer months see more runaways than usual — about two or three per month.
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Even a massive cargo ship can sometimes be no match for the massive storms brewing on the world’s oceans. But when you add hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo into the mix, the last place you want to find yourself is on deck when cargo starts spilling overboard.
Unless you’re this guy, who not only doesn’t take shelter inside, he actually insists on filming the whole thing going down. If you’re going to lose millions of dollars of cargo to Poseidon’s rage, you might as well get a few YouTube clicks in the process.
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As the Blue Cut wildfire settled down overnight and fire lines shifted, major routes for commercial trains along the Cajon Pass were open Thursday, helping to ease a bottleneck of cargo containers at Southern California’s ports and along rail lines.
Two train routes in the Cajon Pass came back on line late Wednesday as the fire receded. But two remained closed, including one along which a Union Pacific bridge was damaged by flames.
Crews scrambled Thursday to get the damaged lines — one operated by Union Pacific, the other by BNSF — back on line to further ease the logjam of stranded cargo.
“It created a backlog,” said Lena Kent, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway. “But, none of our employees were hurt, none of our trains caught fire.”
BNSF Railway, which operates three tracks snaking through the pass, said trains were running on two of their routes after a 30-hour stoppage. No BNSF infrastructure was damaged.
Union Pacific’s lone line through the pass remained unusable after fire charred a 145-foot-tall bridge on its path, just north of Cajon Junction. Wood ties along the tracks and the approach sustained damage.
“We are still rerouting (trains) around the fire in coordination with BNSF,” said Justin E. Jacobs, spokesman for Union Pacific.
Still, the green light allowed shippers to finally haul cargo parked for more than a day along rail tracks or at port terminals at Long Beach and Los Angeles.
The routes through the Cajon Pass serve as a major shipping artery connecting Southern California and to Las Vegas and the Midwest. Tons of goods such as appliances and clothes unloaded from ships at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are carried by locomotives bound as far away as Chicago. More than 70 trains a day run through the rugged San Bernardino Mountains. The pass is also a major route for truckers bringing goods to and from distribution warehouses in the Inland Empire.
“Now, it’s a matter of getting priority trains through the area,” Jacobs said.
With cargo still backed up, Kent said trains are moving “a bit slower than they normally do through the pass” and some customers could expect a 48-hour delay.
In the meantime, BNSF is deploying water trucks in the area to assist firefighters in protecting their tracks. The third track, though not yet operational for moving cargo, is being used by engineers to inspect tracks.
Thursday afternoon, Union Pacific was still assessing damage to the bridge. “Crews are out there now, putting together a plan to restore the construction integrity of the bridge,” said Jacobs, who estimated Union Pacific would have repairs done by early next week.
But, with flames still surging ahead, Kent warned “The fire could be a threat to our operation depending on the wind.”
By Rachel Uranga, San Bernardino County Sun - Full Article
It seems like people either love math or hate it but sooner or later, everyone is going to have to use it in their lives. If you paid attention when you were in school, your life will be much easier when that time comes but if you don’t, you may end up regretting it for a rather unusual reason.
Shippers are benefiting from temporary excess capacity in the truckload market, but analysts say this condition is temporary. The driver situation, increasing regulations, and inventory sell-offs all point to a tighter capacity situation in 2017 and beyond.
It’s a buyer’s market right now in the trucking industry, particularly in the $320 billion truckload (TL) sector. Excessive inventory and a less-than-robust overall economy are causing excess capacity, which is resulting in some carriers straining to keep their trucks somewhat full by aggressively cutting rates.
In a weird and clearly reactionary move after Elon Musk announced that Tesla will venture in the semi-truck business, electric truck startup Nikola Motor, which like Tesla borrowed its company name from Nikola Tesla, announced that it will unveil a working prototype of its first truck, the Nikola One, on December 2nd in Salt Lake City.
It is not every day that a mega containership such as CSCL Indian Ocean gets stranded. Therefore, in order to pull such a boxship free it is necessary to employ quite an armada.
The video shows the refloating operation of the 2015-built vessel, one of the world’s biggest boxships, conducted on Tuesday, February 9, by German maritime authorities in the river Elbe.
Namely, the salvage operation was launched at 2am by a fleet of 12 tugs, including Union Manta of Boskalis and Fairmount Expedition, six tugs of Bugsier and four tugs of Kotug Offshore and Smit Salvage, two water police boats, the Do228 of CCME, a medical emergency team of the fire brigade Cuxhaven and the multi-purpose vessel Neuwerk.
The 12 tugboats provided a total bollard pull of 1085 tons on scene. Once freed, the containership was taken to the Port of Hamburg by five tugs.
The CSCL Indian Ocean was en route to Hamburg on Wednesday, February 3 when it ran aground on the Elbe near Lühesand at about 22:00 hrs. The reported cause of the grounding is a failure in the navigation system.
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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has introduced its Commercial Output Policy (COP) that combines the company’s new admitted property insurance policy with its inland marine coverages.
MONTGOMERY, New York (WABC) --
At least one person is dead and several others are hurt after a multi-vehicle crash in Orange County Wednesday afternoon.