Transportation Services in California

November 24th, 2010

There’s good news for trucking companies operating in the beautiful American state of California operating transport vehicles implementing a reefer made in 2003. The board of director of CARB recently approved an amendment to the regulations of these model year transport vehicles. Now, these model year transport vehicles can be operated in California during the miles ahead, which will mean you’ll be able to do more freight shipping using your 2003 reefer unit in the weeks and months ahead in California. The board of directors approved the installation of Low-Emission aftertreatment equipment for 2003 reefer diesels, which means your 2003 reefer will be in compliance with CARB exhaust-emissions rules until the end of 2017.

This is great news for transport drivers operating a 2003 reefer unit, since before this news transport drivers operating a 2003 reefer unit only had the option of upgrading engine exhaust systems to more costly Ultra Low Emission (ULE) standards. Both upgrades usually involve the addition of diesel particulate filters, with an LE-type filter removing at least 50 percent of particulate matter from exhaust fumes, and a ULE filter taking out about 85 percent, according to transport experts looking at this news. Transport drivers operating a 2003 reefer can still decide to go with the tougher ULE upgrades, which would mean a trucking company reefer unit would be in compliance indefinitely, according to the experts.

New Freight Shipping Forklife Bumper

November 23rd, 2010

Making sure pallets aren’t damaged can be difficult at times for shipping services trying to make sure customers cargo makes it to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner. Pallets damaged during handling and cross docking operations can cost a transport professional time and money, and possibly even lead to cargo damage due to a damaged pallet. The Pallet Dawg from BST Technologies is a new forklift bumper that mounts on the carriage between the forks and bumps against the center runner on a pallet to minimize pallet damage and waste during transport. BST Technologies indicates that the Pallet Dawg allows users to reduce product damage by about 15-20 percent and pallet damage by about 40 percent during transport. Great news for logistics professionals and all transport firms concerned about possible damage to cargo and the pallets they need to carry goods.

BST Technologies indicates that the Pallet Dawg has a lower inside edge that’s rounded to prevent the unit catching on the dock plates and racking systems implemented by transport firms in the United States of America. The company also indicated that the Pallet Dawg is made of impact resistant nylon, can be installed in minutes using just a 9/16-inch socket wrench, and is compatible with any class II forklift carriage.

Professionals working for trucking companies in the United States of America that want to check out the new Pallet Dawg from BST Technologies should contact their local dealer of BST Technologies products, or contact BST Technologies directly for more information on where to find the Pallet Dawg.

Heavy Hauling Trucks Needing DEF

November 22nd, 2010

Professional freight forwarders will be interested in the news that the trucking leasing giant Ryder will soon be offering diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) for customers with 2010 engines that need it stopping at any one of its full service locations across North America. This offer will support contractual full service lease and maintenance customers operating vehicles that use selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Customers will be able to purchase DEF in 2.5-gallon portable containers they can use to help keep their transport vehicle running down the roads and highways of the United States taking the freight to destination. Ryder will also be setting up bulk storage and DEF pumps at its largest shop facilities throughout North America in 2011, and there will be a limited supply of DEF on hand at non-fueling locations for emergency roadside service needs, as well.

Ryder expects to have more and more DEF on hand for customers as demand for this product increases in 2011 and beyond. This is expected to become more important to the transport fleets of the United States as more Environmental Protection Agency 2010 compliant transport vehicles are introduced into customers fleets during the months and years ahead in America. This news should help Ryder ensure that its customers will have DEF available across the whole of Ryder’s network across North America and even prepare Ryder evolve its current DEF storage and dispensing infrastructure to continue to meet the needs of the marketplace and its trucking customers during the miles ahead.

Trucking Companies Using CNG-Fueled Vehicles

November 19th, 2010

American freight shipping firms implementing CNG-powerered transport vehicles in their fleet operations will be interested in the news that Parker Fluid Control Division has just announced the introduction of the CNG Natural Gas Valve Integrated With Filter. The CNG Natural Gas Valve is a high-pressure, high-flow, low-leakage valve designed for compressed natural gas fuel dispensing systems with single and multi-tank applications and is especially suited for downsteam valve installations in CNG-powered heavy haul vehicles, according to Parker Fluid Control Division. In addition, the added filter removes impurities from the natural gas as well any particulates downstream of the valve, ensuring a cleaner fuel source to help improve the operation of transport vehicles moving cargo to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner.

The high-flow rate of the CNG Natural Gas Valve Integrated With Filter also allows users to implement a single CNG valve for two tanks, instead of dedicating a separate valve for each tank, which reduces the cost of the system, according to Parker Fluid Control Division. Capable of operating within any CNG-fueled transport vehicle, including the heavy-duty trucks used by the trucking services of the United States of America, the CNG Natural Gas Valve Integrated With Filter could be just the thing to help you reduce the operating costs of your CNG-fueled transport vehicles, and keep them running down the roads and highways of America taking customers cargo to destination.

Shipping Services Gets a Little Help

November 17th, 2010

Transportation drivers and transportation services already using Valvoline’s Fuel Proof Guarantee program will be happy to hear that Valvoline has decided it’s time to expand this program as we head into the second decade of the century of the environment in the United States of America. Valvoline’s Fuel Proof Guarantee program has now been expanded to include any transport fleet in the United States of America using an existing telematics provider, according to the professionals over at Valvoline. Fleets using Valvoline’s Fuel Proof Guarantee program will now be guaranteed at least a 1.6 percent miles per gallon increase using Valvoline heavy-duty motor oil and gear lubricant, and up to a 4 percent miles per gallon increase for heavy hauling services also implementing Valvoline’s Tiwi Fleet program in their operations.

This means that at the end of the trial period, if Valvoline lubricants aren’t delivering the fuel economy improvements promised in fleet test vehicles, Valvoline will refund the incremental cost of the oil changes required. The testing procedure used, which uses a fleet’s existing telematics unit or Tiwi Fleet program data transmission for verification purposes, has also been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay SM J1321 protocol, according to the professionals over at Valvoline. In addition, the program has just added two new partners; transportation insurance specialist Brazos Specialty Risk and Mansfield Oil to the program, which Valvoline indicates could reduce auto liability premiums for users by as much as 15 percent using an existing telematics unit and provide additional savings for heavy equipment transport services on bulk fuel purchases.

Flatbed Trucking Tracks Fuel and Mileage

November 16th, 2010

Transport firms in the shipping container transport business currently implementing ALK Technologies PC MilerFuelTax 15 in the transport services they use to transport customers cargo to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner will be glad to hear that ALK Technologies has announced the release of PC MilerFuelTax 16. PC MilerFuelTax 16 automates fuel and mileage tax tracking , calculating and reporting for motor carriers and private transport fleets of the United States of America implementing this tool in their fleet operations. The latest version of ALK Technologies tool for transport fleets simplifies the entire fuel tax process, which saves you time and money down the road, according to ALK Technologies and the transport professionals that implement it to help them in the business of international shipping.

ALK Technologies indicates that PC MilerFuelTax 16 generates easy to read and use forms and tax rates for all of the United States and Canada, and instantly calculates fuel and mileage taxes, refunds, and credits available to transport firms using PC MilerFuelTax 16. This application also provides state mileage summaries, fleet performance reports and quarterly updates for compliance with the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP) provisions. This application also provides extensive reporting capabilities summarizing critical data stored in the program, to help trucking companies with their tax returns, and the Fuel Conflicts Report identifies possible data entry mistakes along with gaps or overlaps in odometer readings. It also seamlessly integrates with PC Miler, PC Miler Streets, and now PC Miler Tolls to automatically calculate distances, trip times, and toll costs along your route, or can be used as a stand-alone application.

Trucking Company Waits to Begin Transport

November 15th, 2010

Professionals working at an American flatbed trucking firm will be interested in the up coming debate about to occur in Idaho between Americans concerned about the transport of four massive, oversized loads of refinery equipment along scenic Highway 12 in northern Idaho and ConocoPhillips. The Idaho Transportation Department recently issued permits for this transportation job to go forward in the days ahead, but according to the latest news, this transport job will have to wait until the Americans concerned about the problems the transport of these massive pieces of equipment could create, have had their say in the days ahead. This means the transport trucks have stopped rolling along Highway 12 in northern Idaho, for the time being, at least until they go through the administrative appeals process, according to sources in the freight shipping business of the United States of America.

ConocoPhillips wants these four huge pieces of equipment transported from the port of Lewiston to its refinery operations in Billings, Montana, along a two-lane, 175-mile stretch of highway in Idaho passing through a federally designated river corridor that parallels both the Clearwater and Lochs river, and this appears to be the main problem for the Americans concerned about the transport of these pieces of machinery. This idea has gotten the attention of environmentalists in the United States of America and the people living along the proposed transport route, and in the courts these same groups have stated that this idea is a threat to the environment, tourism, and public safety. This is probably a little concerning to the transport professionals tasked with providing the trucking services needed to move these huge pieces of equipment, who have certainly taken the route into account, and will take the necessary precautions to make sure the job goes smoothly, once they are able to start transporting these pieces of equipment to destination.

Trucking in New Hampshire Safer This Week

November 12th, 2010

Transport professionals conducting heavy equipment transport on the roads and highways of New Hampshire that have noticed a lot of distracted drivers operating vehicles out on the transport roads and highways of this beautiful American state might notice a few more state police out on the roads talking to distracted drivers in the miles ahead. The latest reports out of New Hampshire indicate that Dover Police Captain Michael Raiche will have more cruisers out on the transport roads of New Hampshire this week looking for distracted drivers. In fact, he plans on having seven marked cruisers parked off major New Hampshire roadways trying to spot distracted drivers and have a little talk with them. Great news for freight trucking professionals that will be operating a heavy-duty transport vehicle on the roads of New Hampshire this week and in the future, and hopefully a decision that helps reduce the number of distracted drivers on the transport roads of New Hampshire during the miles ahead.

Sources close to this news indicate that New Hampshire state police will be on the look out for drivers traveling at a rate beyond the posted speed limit, keeping an eye out for vehicles traveling too close to other vehicles and making illegal lane changes, and any activity they feel distracts a drivers attention while they’re operating a vehicle. Flatbed trucking professionals out on the roads of New Hampshire this week, keep an eye out for the state police, and if you see something you think they should know about, you might even drop them a word or two, and make the roads safer at the same time.

Terminal Trucking Goes Hybrid

November 11th, 2010

Professionals in the business of international shipping will be interested in the news of the first hydraulic hybrid drive terminal tractor for the transport industry of the United States of America and the world. Offering improved performance, significant costs savings in fuel and significant reductions in nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions, the new Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor by Cargotec has been paired with the Kalmar Ottawa 4×2 off-highway terminal tractor, and will at first be available for customers operating in North America, according to sources at Cargotec. Sources in the business of providing customers with a great freight quote indicate that the first hydraulic hybrid drive terminal tractor is the result of Cargotec’s partnership with Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, and subsidiary Kinetics Drive Solutions, a developer of hybrid technology for the transport industry.

Cargotec indicates that the Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor is equipped with a parallel system that simultaneously transmits power from two distinct power sources; the primary diesel engine and secondary hydraulic motor. The company also indicates that the coordination of these two power sources maximises fuel economy, while satisfying the performance and power needs of firms implementing the new Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor in shipping container operations.

The job this new hybrid terminal tractor will be put to work completing is a difficult one that will require the Kalmar Hydraulic Hybrid Terminal Tractor start and stop on many occasions during the work day, with lots of idling while waiting, and the frequent need to back up to complete transport. We’ll have to wait and see if this new hybrid terminal tractor can do the job Cargotec says it can do.

Trucking Services Can Modify Trucks

November 10th, 2010

The American trucking company looking for a little help in the job of adding transport vehicles using alternate fuels and auxiliary power units to their fleet should talk to the people over at the Fontaine Modification Company about adding a few of these types of vehicles to their fleet operations in the miles ahead. Fontaine Modification Company provides post-production truck modification services, and with the most recent news, they’re offering certified installation of alternative fuel engines, alternative fuel delivery systems and auxiliary power units (APUs) for America’s transport firms and professionals out on the transport roads and highways on a daily basis. Fontaine Modification Company recently commented that they are in a position to provide transport fleets in the United States with professionally certified system installation that can save heavy haul firms money during the miles ahead, through the current agreements and deals they have in place with the major truck manufacturers in the United States.

This is great news for transport firms ordering new vehicles and if they can save money on the trucks they purchase by doing business with Fontaine Modification Company, we can certainly expect them to look into the possibility during the miles ahead. Especially, if they already do business with the Fontaine Modification Company. Trucking companies can have alternate fuel systems installed at the same time they have their trucks shipped to Fontaine to have other work done, like dual drive systems, cab or chassis reconfiguration or fleet services at the seven service locations Fontaine has across the United States of America.