Posts Tagged ‘freight moving’

Domestic Freight Shipping of oil

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

America’s domestic freight carriers of bulk crude oil have to keep the oil moving to destination in the United States for the gears of industry, business and life to continue in America and the world. The crude oil must continue to flow in America for the present time, if we’re to keep the wheels of business greased, and eventually change over to alternate forms of renewable energy, but the change-over is going to have to be gradual for it to be feasible.

ExxonMobil is one dometic freight shipping firm of crude oil operating on the waters of this great nation that has been busy keeping the oil flowing in America. ExxonMobil has been busy working on new ways to increase production from its existing wells, of late, rather than concentrating on finding new sources of oil, which still have to be developed.

ExxonMobil appears to be having some success in increasing production from its existing wells, which considering the number of wells in production in the United States, could represent a significant volume of crude oil, if their new ideas work to increase production in America’s existing wells.

ExxonMobil announced the other day that it has completed the world’s longest extend-reach oil well from an existing fixed platform, which according to ExxonMobil will increase their ability to produce barrels of oil from the company’s Santa Ynez facility off of Southern California. Sources indicate the well platform in question to be the Heritage platform, which now extends more than 9.65 kilometres (six miles) horizonally and more than 7,000 feet below sea level, using ExxonMobil’s Fast Drill technology. ExxonMobil claims that its Fast Drill technology improves drilling rates by up to 80 percent and decreases the cost of drilling.

Reports around the freight shipping industry of the United States indicate that ExxonMobil might be able to produce an additional 5.8 million barrels of oil using this new extended reach well. This is equal to the yearly energy consumption of about 144,000 Californians, from a well that has already produced more than 450 million barrels of domestic oil for America.

Intermodal Freight Transport in America Changing

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Intermodal freight transport in the United States for long haul freight shipping professionals will be changing in a few days as the Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration’s roadability rule for intermodal container chassis becomes law on June 30. The heavy haul industry has known about the new rule coming into effect, but the confusion and miscommunication between the various transport modes appears to have delayed compliance with the rules and there could be a few changes made by companies providing roro and ltl freight services in the weeks ahead, due to the incoming rules. The exact changes that will be made will be the interesting part of this affair and we could see a few changes that will raise the eyebrows of a trucking company or two.

How does the new roadability rule for intermodal container chassis change the road ahead for the freight trucking industry of the United States? This is an interesting question because the rule requires the provider of the intermodal chassis to ensure that safety checks are done on the equipment and essential safety components, like the brakes and tires and a report to be reported before the chassis is provided to the freight carrier. In most cases this is going to be the rail or marine company involved in the intermodal transport, but this isn’t always the case and we could see even more firms trying to offload chassis ownership responsibility onto trucking companies, than has already been reported. This of course will spark a controversy and a battle between the different transport modes in the United States that could become very heated, before they get this affair sorted out.

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.

New RoRo Rail Loading Ramp in Port of Everett

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Heavy haul trucking professionals will be rolling roro freight onto the rail cars using a new 70-ton rail loading ramp that Port of Everett Marine Terminals maintenance crews built to the standards of the United States military in order to enhance intermodal freight shipping services in the ports terminal facilities in the future. This news should definitely decrease the amount of time it takes to move the roro freight onto and off of the rail cars and once news gets out of the enhanced roro freight services in the Port of Everett, we should see more customers show up at the port with freight to transport to destination in the months ahead in the century of the environment.

This announcement also has a number of other benefits, such as being able to drive heavy machinery onto the rail cars, instead of lifting the equipment with a crane, which is a lot more dangerous for the workers involved. This news also means that the Port of Everett can help serve the needs of the United States military since Naval Station Everett is located in the port and the new ramp will allow tanks and other heavy military equipment to quickly and efficiently be loaded onto rail cars should the need arise. One thing is for certain, we can certainly expect to see military transports loading roro freight onto rail cars more often in the Port of Everett in the future, and the volume of freight that can be moved through the ports terminals should increase significantly with this new rail loading ramp.

Heavy Haul Trucks Idle for One Minute in Future

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Freight trucking drivers idling for three minutes while conducting freight shipping services in Toronto have a new reason to try to avoid the City of Toronto in the future. The City of Toronto introduced a bylaw last week that will limit the amount of time heavy haul transports can idle while operating in Toronto to one minute that’s expected to come into force in the fall. You can probably add this to other reasons you have often hoped customers in Toronto would ask for a freight quote less often, which would mean you wouldn’t have to be trucking in the City of Toronto as often. For the moment you can still idle for three minutes legally while operating in the City of Toronto, but after the bylaw under goes a few amendments and is returned to city council for a vote sometime in July, according to sources, we can probably expect that within a month it will be illegal for you to idle for more than a minute while operating your truck while in the City of Toronto.

This is great news for the city accountants that have probably been wishing they had access to another source of quick income. The City of Toronto only issued a total of 88 tickets to vehicles in the city that were caught idling for three minutes or longer last year, so this one minute idling law should definitely increase the number of tickets that are handed out, just on pure statistics. This isn’t the best news for freight shipping companies that need to delivery freight to destinations in the City of Toronto on a regular basis however and it might even catch a trucking company or two off guard who aren’t aware of the upcoming changes to the idling laws in the City of Toronto.

Trucking Services & California’s TRU Regulations

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Trucking transport professionals operating in California will continue to be subject to California’s Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) regulations after the most recent petition to have the rules reconsidered by the American Trucking Associations was denied by the United States District Court. The regulations in question and dispute first came into effect in February 2004 and require that trailer trucking units with tranport refrigeration units and operating in California have their engines retrofitted or replaced if they’re diesel engines and older than seven years.

The American Trucking Association has been fighting this regulation for awhile and it appears that their efforts are about to be totally frutless after significant investment of energy, time and money. The American Trucking Association has indicated that this is the end of the litigation in this case, unless it gets the United States Supreme Court review that it’s hoping for. The chances of this could be slim or none though and if this happens it would probably surprise a lot of legal eagles in the freight trucking industry.

What is the problem that the American Trucking Industry has with the regulations in question? The association claims that a lot of freight carriers trucks operate and travel through California and they’ll all be subject to these regulations. The implications for trucking services firms that need to conduct business in California or travel through California could be significant. This of course is going to depend on each trucking fleet in question and the age of the individual units in the fleet and it’s certainly going to vary among the freight trucking firms that operate in California.

This certainly isn’t the last we have heard in this affair and the complaints will keep coming, but it appears at least for the time being the regulations in question will still be in effect in California.

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.

Harmonizing North America’s Trucking Services

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The trailer trucking industry of North America is essentially a single entity in many ways since many trucking transport firms operate in both Canada and the United States in an efficient and reliable manner. This harmonization of business between Canada and the United States for trucking services firms is a feat that requires the support of both the Canadian and American governments though. Mexico is certainly part of this harmonization of North America’s trucking industry, but at present the trucking industry of Mexico needs to travel futher down the road to harmonization, before it will reach the level of cooperation that exists between Canada and the United States.

Earlier in 2010 the United States government announced that light trucks manufactured between the years 2012 and 2016 would have to get in line with new fuel efficiency regulations and would be expected to reach a 40 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. The United States government also announced last week that America would be moving the trucking transport industry of America down the road to getting the industry in line with national mileage and emissions standards in the near future. The United States Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency will begin working together on specific fuel efficiency benchmarks for medium and heavy-duty trucks manufactured between the years 2014 – 2018 in the future that could see much stricter and tougher standards implemented in the years agead.

At the time of this announcement Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice had commented that Canada would be moving down the road towards harmonizing the national mileage and emissions standards of Canada’s passenger vehicles and the trucking industry with similar rules in place in the United States.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has answered this announcement with comments that they would look forward to working with the Canadian government on developing feasible and usable fuel efficiency standards for Canada’s trucking industry. The alliance thinks that the government needs to ask for and use the input of the professionals that transport the freight on the highways of North America every day during the development process. Otherwise, there could be a few problems created for the trailer trucking industry of North America that will only cause additional problems in their business operations and costs down the road.

Ocean Freight Carriers Transporting Gases

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

One Houston-based freight carrier of gases that we could see doing a lot of business with energy projects around the world is Excelerate Energy. Reports around the freight carrier industry indicate this firm has been growing steadily in the seven years since its it first entered the business of transporting bulk gases to destinations around the world. Reports indicate that at present Excelerate Energy has eight specialized “Energy Bridge” or LNG regasification vessels (LNGRVs) at work transporting bulk gases. Excelerate Energy has also apparently had a pretty good winter season, with gas volumes up and two of their LNGRVs reported as having started work in Kuwait and Argentina recently.

Near the end of March Excelerate Energy announced a trade deal with Argentinian utility firm Enarsa. The company has also stepped up its purchase of vessels by buying out the stake partner Exmar had in two new vessels that are set to be delivered later in 2010. Reports indicate that at present the partnership between Exmar and Excelerate Energy has 8 LNG regasification vessels and 1 conventional LNG carrier. Versatile vessels that have proven to be flexible, efficient and reliable, and we could see these vessels competing for more and more business in the future.

Excelerate Energy has a head start of around two years in the transport of gases and this could give them an advantage that could be difficult to match for freight carriers just starting in the LNGRV business. New firms just getting into this business could we a little overly optimistic thinking they can compete right away. There’s a lot of different aspects that go into building and operating floating facilities such as LNGRVs and Excelerate Energy has already done the ground work and the job before.

Freight Carrier’s LNGs Deliver the Gases to Market

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The international freight carrier fleet of LNG carriers work in the business of transporting gases to destinations around the world. The world’s gas carrier fleet works in a rather specialized sector of the worldwide freight carrier industry delivering bulk gases used in business and industry to destination from projects around the world.

The LNG carrier sector has been keeping a low profile during the recent rough financial seas for the worldwide freight shipping industry. The current financial sheets of the world’s LNG carrier operators reflects the competitive environment on the world’s trade routes for LNG carriers, but fortunately the essential nature of the transport of gases means the transport of gases has continued to grow despite the rocky financial seas for the freight shipping industry during recent times.

Expectations for future growth in LNG carrier demand is high as new opportunities in this sector have attracted new players to the industry of late. Re-gasification projects abound and more can be seen on the horizon of this sector of the freight carrier industry and in addition existing projects around the world have been looking at the possibility of implementing freight shipping vessels to help them transport gases in the future. Floating re-gasification projects are becoming more popular and ship based solutions to problems with transporting gases have been shown to be often both feasible and cheaper to implement. Older LNG carriers are also being refitted and reborn as floating storage and re-gasification units as new LNG carriers have arrived to replace them and they needed to find a new use for these older vessels. At present reports have Kuwait, Brazil, and Argentina with working floating re-gasification units on site and Dubai is preparing to take delivery of a converted LNG carrier that will act as a floating storage and re-gasification unit in the near future.