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Heavy Haul Services in Florida up to 88,000 pounds

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Heavy haul services on the roads of Florida could soon be carrying as much as 88,000 pounds as they travels down the roads of America’s sunny state. The bill that would make this law went into effect on July 1 and was recently signed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist on July 4. Advocates and critics of this idea were very quick to respond to the news, when it was announced, and have since each had their say. Long haul professionals of the Florida Trucking Association and the American Trucking Associations have decided this is a good idea that has definite benefits for the business of freight shipping on the roads of the United States. Groups like the Florida Coalition for Safe Highways and the Florida Association of Professional EMTs and Paramedics are against the idea. Apparently, the EMT group thinks that the bridges of Florida are already in bad enough condition and that heavier freight trucks is just going to make the bridges even more unsafe and could even make it difficult for medical services to access areas of Florida. The Florida Coalition on the other hand thinks that this idea could make it more difficult for commercial transports to get moving and stop when operating on the roads and that this could actually contribute to the volume of accidents on the roads of America involving heavy haul freight shipping services.

The President and CEO of the American Trucking Association is so serious about this idea that they have sent a letter to Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist, asking him to sign the bill. The increase of allowable truck weights from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds is expected to increase productivity of trucking services, possibly decrease the level of traffic congestion on the roads of the United States, reduce the volume of fuel being consumed and the total volume of carbon emissions being released into the air due to the transport of roro and ltl freight, according to sources in the freight trucking industry of America.

Long Haul Drivers Concerned!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

There’s a growing concern in the American long haul industry about proposed changes to the allowable driving time of heavy haul drivers from 11 to 8 hours and the elimination of the 34-hour restart rule. The original changes were suggested by the Truck Safety Coalition, Public Citizen and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in a public comments document previously filed. The growing concern is over the possible economic impact this could have on the freight trucking industry in the United States.

Recent economic impact data originally developed back in 2003 and then reassessed in 2005, seems to indicate that the changes could cost the freight shipping industry as much as $3.1 billion annually, according to sources. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had originally tried to rewrite the so-called 2003 rule a few years ago, but were subsequently stopped by a federal court ruling that suggested the FMCSA had failed to take into consideration the economic impact of the changes on the health of truckers.

The group that went to court to stop the FMCSA from making the changes were apparently hoping the court ruling would result in the driving time being reduced from 11 to 10 hours and the 34-hour restart rule eliminated. The FMCSA surprised them by keeping the 11 hour driving time and 34-hour restart rule, but changing the sleeper berth provisions to require longer rest periods.

This is great news for long haul professionals and it should save the freight trucking industry of the United States around $2 billion annually. It’s good to see the FMCSA following the directions they were given when developing new HOV rules that could have a significant econonic impact on the freight shipping industry. They also have to weigh all public comments, while looking at the costs involved when deciding to make rule changes and they have done a pretty good on this, so far.

Car Haulers & Over-Dimension Loads in Saskatchewan

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Owner operator trucking professionals transporting over-dimension loads for car shipping firms providing car delivery services in Saskatchewan will be getting some help from the government of Saskatchewan that should make their job a little easier in the future. The Saskatchewan provincial government announced an investment of $1.6 million the other day to help develop high clearance transport corridors to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of transporting over-dimension loads in Saskatchewan in the years ahead. The development of high clearance transport corridors is needed to allow over-dimension loads to be transported along the transport corridors of Saskatchewan without having to raise or temporarily cut utility lines and other structures along the route.

Which transport corridors within Saskatchewan’s borders is the provincial government planning on making the changes in question that would allow for easier transport of over-dimension loads on the transport routes of Saskatchewan? The corridors being proposed for improvements run from Saskatoon to the Alberta border on Highway 7 and Melville to Rosetown on Highways 14 and 15. All well travelled transport routes that are used on a daily basis by transport vehicles traveling through Saskatchewan and to destinations within the province, so this idea is certain to be applauded by the transport industry of Canada.

This is great news for auto transport carriers operating on the roads of Saskatchewan and should certainly simplify the process of transporting over-dimension loads in Canada as once the improvements are made shipping companies that want to ship over-dimension loads will pay a permit fee to use the corridor in question, rather than arranging with regulatory authorities to plan a route and arrange for utilities to be raised or cut along the transport route in question.

OOCL Will Increase Container Transport Price

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Customers that need to ship freight between Europe, the United States, Canada and Mexico beginning in July will find the cost of Oriental Overseas Container Line’s (OOCL) Trans Atlantic container shipping services has increase. OOCL released a statement to this affect recently and this news appears to have been met with very little comment by customers. It appears that OOCL could be trying to make some of the money they might have lost during the past two years of rough seas for the container shipping industry. The truth of this statement doesn’t really mean much to customers that will have to pay the higher freight rates starting on July 1, according to the release by OOCL.

Just how much will the cost of transporting containers increase on July 1? The general rate increase on westbound 20 ft containers from Europe to the United States, Canada and Mexico will be US$400, while the cost for a 40 ft container will go up by US$500. Eastbound containers going from the United States, Canada and Mexico to Europe will go up by US$320 for 20 ft containers and US$ 400 for 40 ft containers.

This is news that many in the container shipping industry were probably expecting to hear at some point and we can probably expect other lines to follow suit eventually, if not sooner and increase their general price for container transport as well. The container shipping industry will be looking at trying to recover some of the financial losses that they might have experienced during the rough seas and this certainly won’t come as a surprise to customers or the container shipping industry in general.

Trailer Trucking Ferry Transport Service Increases

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Trailer trucking services between the European cities of Gedser in Denmark and Rostock in Germany will be getting a little help reducing the number of road miles they need to travel while trucking freight between these two historic cities. Ferry operator Scandlines is preparing to increase services on this route with two new ferries that can carry up to 90 trucking transports each between these two cities at a time. The new ferries are supposedly being constructed in Volkswerft Stralsund in Germany for an undisclosed amount of money.

These new ferries are slated to replace the Kronprins Frederik and Prins Joachim on this route. Scandlines might be trying to set up a service to compete against the Fehmarn Belt Bridge, which will connect the island of Fehmarn with Copenhagen and other regions, once it’s completed. If this is their goal Scandlines will have to get to work turning this trucking transport service into a traffic machine. This new service should be reasonably popular though, since it will allow trucking services to reduce the number of road miles travelled and it’s possible the costs involved for trucking firms using this service could be reduced.

The new ferries being built in Germany for Scandlines are going to be around 170-metres in length and will have over 1500 metres of lanes of capacity for trucks. They’re also going to be designed and built with the latest innovations for enhancing fuel economy and reducing carbon emissions. Exact specifics on the fuel economy and carbon emissions ratings of these new vessels were not available at this time.

French Stevedores in Port of Le Havre Fined, Unfair practices?, freight carrier

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The problems in the French freight carrier industry have been in the headlines a lot lately and today it was reported that four stevedoring companies operating in the Port of Le Havre were fined by the French regulatory agency for what they deem as unfair competition tactics in their business operations at the port. Apparently, the agency thinks the groups involved have been meeting to agree on some aspects of business that could give the firms involved a significant business advantage in the Port of Le Havre.

The truth of this affair could likely be told in the weeks and days ahead and it could be trying times for the four stevedoring companies involved and the French freight carrier industry. There could always be additional business consequences involved for these companies and at the very least they’re going to be under the microscope for awhile. Exactly, what the additional business consequences could be we’ll probably hear about in the months ahead and we can be sure the French regulatory agencies will be watching every move the companies involved in this affair make in their future business affairs in the Port of Le Havre and probably anywhere they do business in France.

The fines applied this time appear to be more symbolic than substantial and it could be the French agency just wants to send a strong message to the four companies involved and others in the French freight carrier industry that this kind of stuff will not be tolerated? The French agency stopped short of applying some fines to parties that some think were involved in this affair, so maybe some sanity is starting to appear in this affair and we’ll see business in the Port of Le Havre return to normal.…tm_medium=email

Trucking Firms Expecting Bigger Fees, The price of doing business, trailer trucking, trucking transport, trucking services

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Trailer trucking firms looking at the Unified Carrier Registration fees they’ll have to pay in the calendar year under the new proposals are probably wondering how this is going to affect them during a time when they’re already hauling a tough financial road? Reports by many carriers indicates that they’ll be paying as much as double the fees they paid in previous calendar years and many think this additional cost could create new problems for many of America’s and North America’s trucking transport firms. Especially, for large trucking services firms this could mean some major changes in the financial landscape and future of the company, and this of course is making some trucking professionals doubt the wisdom of the increases at this time in the trucking industries history.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has indicated in statements that it was forced to increase the United Carrier Registration fee at this time in order to provide states with the money they’re expecting under the Single State Registration System. This statement must provide little comfort to the trucking firms that will have to pay the increased fees, since in the end they’ll have little choice but to pay, if they want to continue to conduct business. At least the fees are less than the original numbers the FMCSA was throwing at trucking firms in the start of this affair, which for some trucking firms must be a positive sign. They can still expect a rather large bill in the days ahead from the FMCSA and this is probably going to stick in their throat for a few days.

Time to Invest in the Future?, Container transport industry, container transport, freight carrier

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Is it time for shipping companies to begin ordering new container transport vessels? There appears to be a cut-throat competition going on between shipyards competing for the latest round of new containership orders that might be an opportunity for some shipping companies to save a bit of money? The competition appears to be getting a little hotter lately as there have been reports of investigations into competition complaints.

One particular complaint centers on moves by one Greek shipping interest to raise the money it needs for new vessels by using European taxpayers money to pay for the vessels. The intensity of this dispute appears to be rising at the moment and this situation could become pretty heated in the days and weeks ahead. This affair appears to be a political hot potato at the moment in European circles, so we can probably expect some tippy-toeing to be going on around the events concerning this company. The investigation appears to be going full steam ahead though and we can certainly expect to hear something on this front in a few days.

We should probably expect more shipbuilding yards to join the competition for new container transport ships being built around the world. The volume of new ships being ordered has increased recently according to many in the freight carrier industry and a feeding frenzy of a type could begin shortly. What all this means for the world’s freight shipping industry is the question? Will the volume of containers that needs to be transported go up and is the business of shipping containers going to return to levels of old in 2010?;jsession…1+ship+purchase

China’s Growing Tanker Fleet in Future?, Controling the flow of imported oil, freight carriers, freight carrier

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Bulk oil shipments are taken by the large tankers of the world’s oil freight carriers to destinations around the world in some of the largest vessels ever to float on the oceans blue. Bulk tankers of this type are used to transport bulk liquids of many different kinds to market, including hazardous and potentially lethal bulk liquids that are used to power the world’s industries.

China has been making moves designed to make the country as self-sufficient in the future as possible. Part of this plan is a desire to control the domestic and international flow of bulk oil into the China. China has recently made a few choices that have a few freight carrier industry analysts thinking that China is moving toward purchasing the new tanker capacity it needs to make sure at least 40 percent of the bulk oil imported into China is transported on tankers owned or controlled by Chinese shipping interests.

Towards this end many in the worldwide freight carrier shipping industry think that there are Chinese shipping companies currently planning to increase the size of what’s already one of the world’s largest bulk tanker fleets by as much as five times its present size in order to handle this job. This means Chinese shipping interests that are planning on bowing to government pressure in this goal are going to have to order a bushel full of new tankers. At present the new orders haven’t been seen on the books of the world’s shipyards, but if China is going to move toward the goal of transporting a large percentage of the imported oil it uses to power its industries, it will have to get started on this job soon.…w+hong+kong+arm

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.…&intDocID=23665