Archive for April, 2010

More Work Needs to be Done on Carbon Emissions, Reducing trucking carbon emissions, trailer trucking, trucking transport, trucking services

Friday, April 30th, 2010

There’s apparently a belief in parts of the world that more needs to be done to reduce the carbon wheel-print of North America’s trailer trucking industry. The latest report on this subject, titled Freight Trucks and Climate Change Policy Mitigating CO2 Emissions, even suggests that the governments of North America need to get to work in partnership with the trucking transport industry on reducing the carbon emissions of the trucking services industry of North America. The belief exists that not enough is being done to help the trucking industry reduce its carbon wheel-print and more needs to be done on all sides to move the trucking industry down the road to carbon sustainability a little further.

There could be some truth to this statement, but we could probably always do more and we do have to keep the trucks moving as we are trying to make the business of freight trucking a little greener for the health of the future of the trucking industry. We do have to control our emotions and make sure any changes we make are going to be useful for achieving the goals we have in mind. Solutions can cause additional problems in the trucking industry that we just don’t need at this time in history, so we do need to make sure any change we do make is going to do the job. The trucking industry of North America can no longer afford to think in terms of a North American industry and we must take into account the activities of all of the trucking industries around the world.

The good news is that we have started the trucking industry down the road to reducing carbon emissions, but obviously we still have lots of work to do, before the work is going to be complete. If we make sure we study the ideas we have implemented and alter our future plans using the facts we collect during the journey the job should be a lot easier.

http://www.todaystrucking.com/newscenter.c…&intDocID=23665

Shore Power for Ships at Berth, Reducing the carbon propeller-print, container transport

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Container transport vessels berthed at the ports of the world could be using more shore power in order to reduce the carbon propeller-print and emissions of the world’s ports. It was reported that last month Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) conducted tests to see if they could feasibly use shore power for container transport ships at berth. The tests were apparently successful enough that the company is apparently going ahead with plans to power vessels at berth using shore power. The number of ships that are normally at berth according to the designers means that the use of shore power could significantly improve the air quality of Shanghai.

There will certainly be many ports of the world that will be watching what happens with this plan by the Shanghai International Port Group. If the results of the plan are as successful as the designers hope, we can certainly look forward to seeing more container transport vessels sitting at berth in the ports of the world being powered using shore power. There of course is going to be a few problems with power generation standards around the world. The various container transport vessels of the world can have varying voltage and frequency requirements with the power they use in comparison to the electrical supplies of the various ports of the world. This means that a system will have to be developed that will allow all vessels to use the various power frequencies and voltages of the various ports around the world.

This could mean that another industry will be created to design and manufacture the technology and systems that the container shipping industry needs to make use of shore power around the world. In the end though, the container shipping industry will be a little greener and this is the best part of this idea.

http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/w20100424.236574.htm

Signs of Trucking Industry Health Improving, New trailer truck sales, trailer trucking, trucking transport, trucking services

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The trailer trucking industry is preparing to try to navigate through the upcoming months of 2010, after a first three months to the year that has shown some signs of improvement in the business of trucking transport. You can be sure trucking services companies have been trying to pay attention to events occurring around the industry and the world for indications that business could be about to increase. Trucking firms will have to begin investing in new equipment in order to meet future orders and navigate the changing landscape of the trucking industry in the environment of the century. A changing landscape that could mean the trucking industry could see more losses in the weeks, months and years ahead. Before they invest money during a time when money is hard to make, they want to be as sure as possible they’re going to have the business in the future to pay for the investment. Unfortunately, forecasting the future has always been a doubtful affair and yet trucking companies are still going to have to invest money in order to conduct business in the future.

Still, when we see trucking firms investing huge sums in new equipment, it can often be a sign that the business of trucking is going to begin to get better in the future, at least the company investing in new equipment and trucks, probably thinks so. One American trucking firm recently put in an order for over a thousand new Kenworth T660s with the Paccar MX engine, and there have been suggestions around the trucking industry that this could be a sign that the American trucking industry is getting healthier. Hopefully, the suggestions are correct, but we should probably get more evidence to confirm the belief in an increase in the business of trucking in America.

http://www.trucknews.com/issues/story.aspx?aid=1000368844

Container Transport Rates From China to Europe, Down for seventh week in a row

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Reports of space being hard to find for customers that need container transport service from China to Europe have steadily gone down and reports now indicate that the average price for container transport services has gone down for the seventh straight week. Differing reports on the ability of customers to find space is no surprise and this could of course be to different business practices and other factors that have yet to be determined. The important thing for customers is that space is relatively easy to find and rates are coming down. They should probably take advantage of the rates while they can, because this condition isn’t likely to last forever. Providers of container transport services on the other hand will need to control their reactions and keep the ship steady as they head further into 2010. There might be a little glut of shipping capacity at the moment, but this will quickly equalize if the volume of containers that needs to be transported keeps going up in the ports of the world and rates will begin to equalize as well.

If shipping companies just keep a steady course, they should be okay, and then they can take a serious look at the fleet they have idle and make any adjustments they feel might be necessary in their operations. Environmental requirements and economic conditions could mean that the container transport industry will have to invest in a new generation of vessels specifically designed to help them exist in a new shipping world. This could mean many idle vessels will never again travel the shipping lanes of the world and could end up as so much scrap metal.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

Owner Operator Legal Battle Brewing, Port of Los Angeles Plays Hardball, trucking transport, owner operator trucking,

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Owner operator trucking professionals that have been operating a trucking transport in the Port of Los Angeles might see a little light at the end of the legal tunnel they see before them. The legal battle that has been brewing between the American Trucking Association and the Port of Los Angeles could take several years before any final decision is reached according to many legal eagles watching this affair. A little light appeared in the tunnel before the American Trucking Association the other day as a preliminary injunction against the concession banning owner operator trucking professionals from operating within the Port of Los Angeles was granted.

The legal battle will surely escalate now and the Port of Los Angeles will have to spend more money it doesn’t have during a time when many report that the port could be in serious financial hot water. The port was apparently able to access public funds in its battle to implement its concession against owner operator trucking in the Port of Los Angeles and has to date spent many millions on litigating this affair. The legal costs are probably just beginning to pile up though as it appears that we’re probably going to see this legal battle go a few rounds that will take years to complete. The tax payers can look forward to a large legal bill and very little could be accomplished other than wasting time and money in the end. Hopefully, the two parties involved come to their senses and work something out that allow them to reach common ground before this legal affair gets out of hand. Otherwise this legal battle could get a little heated and it could lead to complications for all involved.

http://www.todaystrucking.com/news.cfm?intDocID=23806

Trucking Industry Can Help Clear Freight Backlog, Europe’s air freight backlog, trucking logistics, trucking transport, freight carriers

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Air freight carriers are moving air cargo across European skies once again after almost a week of being essentially frozen in place due to air spaces across Europe being closed due to dangerous volcanic ash that can clog airplane engines and cause other problems. The backlog of freight that needs to be moved is going to take a certain amount of time considering the finite amount of capacity that exists to move air freight in Europe and surrounding regions. Transporting a portion of the freight by trucking transport is one idea that’s being thrown around as away to reduce the backlog of air freight and the amount of time that it will take to get the backlog of freight cleared. In fact, the idea is considered by many in Europe’s freight industry to be the best solution for the current problem with time sensitive air freight that needs to make it to destination before it begins to spoil.

Estimates by many freight industry professionals suggest that the backlog of air freight could take as long as two weeks to clear. Unfortunately, a percentage of this air freight isn’t going to be able to wait for two weeks and they’re probably going to have to prioritize the freight. Transporting a large percentage of the freight that isn’t as time sensitive seems like an excellent idea? Also, if you need to, and the timeline involved with the trucking logistics of a shipment works, moving a percentage of the freight by trucking services could probably work as well. They need to find away to remove the weekend ban on trucking in some regions of Europe, if this idea is going to work though. At present trucking movements are going to be severely hampered over the weekend, when they’ll probably be implementing this idea first and with bans in place the job is going to be difficult.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

European Air Freight Moving Again, Air freight carrier’s take a breath, freight carrier

Monday, April 26th, 2010

European air space is finally open to flights after six days of being closed due to volcanic ash originating in Iceland and many air freight carrier industry professionals around the world are breathing a little easier. A full schedule of flights will probably be in the air today, but on Wednesday and Thursday a reduced number of flights were in the air. There were still a few air space restrictions in place due to the ash clouds in regions of Sweden as of Wednesday, but the air has cleared since then. Air freight carrier movements in southern Sweden and over all Europe are going to be a little congested for awhile, but at least the air freight is once again moving. The backlog of air freight will eventually be cleared though and before you know it things will be back to almost-normal.

Does this mean the disruptions in air freight carrier movements due to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland are over? The prevailing wind currents will be the ultimate determiner of whether or not the volcanic ash from Iceland will once again be a problem for air freight movements in Europe and all regions of the world. The thick ash will be carried to where ever the winds takes it, once it slows down after being ejected from the volcano and the winds aren’t as predictable as they use to be. The volcano is probably going to continue to erupt for a time though and this means that volcanic ash is going to be in the news and the lives of the world’s air freight industry professionals for awhile.

We do expect this problem to exist for awhile, so monitoring of the winds and volcanic ash as it travels across the skies should allow us to decrease the effect the ash clouds will have on air freight movements around the world. Air freight movements are still likely to be disrupted at times though and this is going to mean time, money and inconvenience for the air freight carrier industry and its customers. Will insurance or other entities cover some of the expenses that will be occurred because of disruptions due to volcanic ash? Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen. Insurance companies will likely call this an act of nature and compensation for the problems that the volcanic ash causes will be unlikely. The costs will likely have to be absorbed by the industry or passed onto the customer in some way.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

Congestion for Trucking in Container Terminals, 5 kilometres of trucks & a 12 hours wait, trailer trucking, trucking transports, trucking services

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Most experienced American owner operator trucking or trailer trucking professionals could probably tell you a tale or two about a congestion problem they’ve had to deal with at a container terminal in the United States. Of their frustration at having to wait for an hour or two in a line that was hundreds of yards long and composed of any number of trucking transports. What would you say if you had to wait for half a day in a 5 kilometre line of trucks? This was exactly the situation for truckers working in the Durban Container Terminal in South Africa back in February. Truckers always have the right to protest of course. If anybody is paying attention, the trucker in question better grab them quick because congestion problems in the Durban Container Terminal are nothing new and may fall on seeming deaf ears.

The other day there were more reports of congestion problems in the Durban Container Terminal, which must be slowing down the job of trucking services in the terminal, and causing a little frustration for all involved in this affair. It doesn’t appear, so far at least, that the wait times and length of the line of trucks waiting to make it into and out of the container terminal is as long as back in February, but they still have time to see what they can do about setting a new record.

American truckers working in the container ports of American that complain about their wait times and the length of the line of trucks they wait in while working can read this and realise what a wonderful trucking life we have in America as compared to many parts of the world. It might even make them aware that waiting in line can be an opportunity to take care of other tasks or even to do a little light reading or paperwork. The best lesson of this situation being that attitude on the job is important and the things we think on the job often determine our mental attitude and the way we work.

http://www.worldcargonews.com/htm/n20100420.810815.htm

Operation Roadcheck is on the Way, June 8 to 10 is the date, trailer trucking, trucking transport, trucking services

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

There’s probably a few worried trailer trucking firms and owner operator trucking professionals making plans to try to be at their best during the expected 72-hour safety blitz by the safety agency officials from June 8 to 10. Called Operation Roadcheck by many, the upcoming trucking transport inspection period is estimated to be the largest targeted trucking services inspection on the planet. This year’s edition is apparently going to go on your official CSA 2010 score, so the score you achieve is going to possibly affect your CSA 2010 ratings and your relationship with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association.

If you have had a less than stellar record before? This period is a chance for you to show the FMCSA that you’re a different and safer transport driver. It could also be a chance for you to set a good example for young drivers in the industry and put your professional safety standing in order. Young drivers, who will be experiencing Operation Roadcheck for the first time, might want to seek advice from experienced drivers in order to prepare a little better. The better prepared you’re for anything that might happen during an inspection or the more knowledge of the process you have the easier the affair is bound to go, when you’re talking to officials from the FMCSA. Drivers with an outstanding safety record, this is your time to shine and try to pass on some of your wisdom to drivers who are looking for advice on how to be a safer and more professional driver.

Whatever your current safety record is or future CSA 2010 rating? There’s only a short time to prepare and get your truck in order before Operation Roadcheck begins, so you better start getting ready. This doesn’t of course guarantee that everything will go without a hitch, but it certainly is going to help.

http://www.todaystrucking.com/news.cfm?intDocID=23782

New European Container Transport Service, Container transport to Ireland, container transports

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Customers that need to move container transports between the Port of Southampton and the destinations of Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Greenock, South Shields, Grangemouth and Portugal have a new service they can use. It was announced the other day that one feeder operator would begin providing weekly services between these destinations in the future, which will give customers that need to move container transports between the locations in question another option. This new service apparently means that they’re five current container transport services available for customers between these destinations. It also means that customers have a nice variety of shipping services to select from and the companies involved have competition that pushes them to improve services for customers.

Is this too much capacity for the ports in question? This is an interesting question, but certainly one that will be answered in the future. One would think that there are maybe agreements in place that were one of the main reasons for the company in question enhancing services between the destinations in question. One thing is for sure, there’s going to be a more ships traveling between the Ports of Southampton, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Greenock, South Shields, Grangemouth and Portugal in the weeks and months ahead.

If the customers that the new service needs to be healthy and competitive show up for a ride, the shipping company in question is going to be pretty busy in the future. If things go as well as the company has planned for their new shipping service, they might even think about adding more services between these destinations in the future. All of this of course all depends on many factors, but it’s certainly something that the company in question has taken into account.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017768303.htm