Posts Tagged ‘freight moving’

Trailer trucking tourists go for a ride!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel across North America in a trucking transport? Maybe you have always wanted to experience the trucking life that you have heard about from your trailer trucking friends? It could be as simple as you wanting to experience the open highway from the cab of a big rig taking a load of freight to a destination thousands of miles away.

If this is you? You should probably give fellow Welshman John Rogers a call or check out his business idea called “See It By Truck”, which he came up with after taking a trip with a friend that works in the trucking services industry of North America. John was in Vanderhoof, a small town only a few kilometres from my home town of Prince George, British Columbia a few years ago, after just completing an 11,000 mile trip in the company of his friend that inspired him to begin his business.

Three years later John Roger’s inspiration is still in the beginning stages of being a business idea that might in a few years be an idea that could be paying owner operators as much as 35 cents a mile in order to take interested individuals along with them on their adventures on the open roads of North America.

Does this sound like something that could interest you as an owner operator of one of North America’s trucking transports? Would you like to maybe take a look at what the idea might be able to offer you? Check out “See It By, for information on John Roger’s business idea and to see how you can take advantage of an opportunity that could provide you as an owner operator with a little more income.

White House Pushes For Truck Fuel Economy Standard

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Car Transport FuelThe White House announced that fuel efficiency standards for larger trucks will be in the offing for the 2014 model year; that will change what is under the hood for freight carriers and possibly change how they do their business. That will force truck makers to improve the fuel efficiency of standard truck engines and increase the emphasis on alternative fuel trucks. Truck manufacturers will likely look to hybrid technologies, battery-powered engines, aerodynamics, and other fuel-saving techniques, especially for short-haul trucks that can recharge their batteries back at base at the end of the day.

While the amount of battery power required to run a Class 8 truck would be rather massive, an extended tractor that could hold a bay of batteries would be feasible if there was an incentive for the truck makers to make such a monster battery grid. If the grid had, say, a 600-mile range, it could run for ten hours straight at 60MPH and then charge while the driver was taking its down-time at a truck stop equipped with chargers. However, that would require getting a network of recharging stations at truck stops or rest areas, which might become a DOT budget item to encourage those places to install chargers.

The new engines will likely be costlier and make demand for the 2014 models drop at first, just as the new 2010 emission standards raised prices for this year’s models; that will likely see a jump in costs and thus a corresponding jump in freight rates in the mid 10s, if the reduced fuel costs from better efficiency don’t offset the increased price of the engines.

MT Widens Roads for Alberta Oil Sands Cargo

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Oil-sands development in Alberta is creating some issues in how to get oversized trucking loads of oil-extraction equipment from suppliers in Asia to Western Canada on the wrong side of the Continental Divide. The easiest route so far is to ship the items to Portland, barge them upriver to Lewiston, Idaho, then take them by wide-load truck through Montana and on to Alberta.

The problem that is being encountered is that the non-expressway highways in Montana need to have the roadways redone so that the big modules don’t run into too-narrow shoulders or low-hanging power lines. People who aren’t fans of big trucks or the ecological side-effects of oil-sands development aren’t thrilled with the idea of the “high and wide” corridor, but a steady flow of trucks through the area will mean more economic activity in a rural area that could use the help; thus, government officials in Montana are supportive and most of the calls on the issue have been from locals wanting to watch the big loads come through.

Such efforts might make life in those areas a bit less expensive, since an increase in freight traffic might give freight carriers more options to get more mundane cargo into Big Sky country. One normally doesn’t think of getting to Idaho by sea, but the Columbia and Snake rivers make that possible. Such developments might get other cargos heading to a fast-growing Alberta to go to Portland rather than Vancouver, BC, which will help US trucking transport firms.

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.

Overhead Cranes for India’s Container Transport

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

India’s container transport industry has been showing signs of amazing growth in the past year or so and with the expected growth in container movements in India in the years ahead there’s definitely a market for new container cranes in the Indian container transport industry. Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is a world leader in the production of freight handling equipment for container terminals and according to the latest reports this firm has just signed a licensing deal with Anupam Industries Ltd of India that will see this Indian firm produce Mitsubishi Heavy Industries line of container transport equipment for the Indian transport industry to use in the years ahead.

According to sources in the Indian transport industry Anupam Industries Ltd was born in 1973 and is currently doing business out of India’s Gujarat state. The firm has also been vocal lately about the fact that they think they’re the container industry leader in the production of overhead cranes in India and with this deal they’re probably thinking about increasing their business share in India and other Asian markets in the century of the environment.

This is great news for India and its need to make sure it can handle the expected growth in container movements to and from the Indian-subcontinent in the years ahead. If things go as expected for Anupam Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries partnership, we could see this deal turn into a game changer for the manufacture and use of overhead cranes to move containers in India and even the expansion of this partnership into the Middle East and Africa.

Fuel Use of Trucking Transports

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

If you ask trailer trucking professionals they would probably tell you that the trucking services industry could be an indicator of the health of the American economy. If we could find away to accurately predict the current health of the US economy in the future this would allow America to more accurately predict the financial waves that have been rocking the American economy of late and any further financial waves that could be coming down the road in the future. Now a group of researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles’s Anderson School of Management could have figured out away to use the credit-card fuel purchase patterns of the trucking transport industry to help predict future financial waves in the American economy.

The Anderson School of Management has apparently been at work with Ceridian, the fuel-card people, tracking the current diesel fuel purchases of the trucking industry of North America. They hope to use the data they collect using the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index they have created to provide them with information on the health of the American economy. They have apparently been collecting the data they intend to use on an hour-by-hour basis in the industries that consume diesel fuel and if the data is as useful as they hope, we could see this idea grow into another tool that will allow American to better predict the future of business and the economy as American travels further into the century of the environment.

Chinese Ocean Freight Carriers Making Plans

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Chinese international ocean freight carrier Zhejiang Ocean Shipping is the latest Chinese shipping interest to announce plans for a new shipbuilding phase to help drive its future growth in China and the world. Reports from the shipbuilding industry indicate this Chinese freight carrier has been at work setting up the funding and laying the ground work for the building and delivery of 10 new capsizes that will add significantly to the ability of this Chinese shipping company to deliver ocean freight in the future.

At present it has been reported that Zhejiang Ocean Shipping has a fleet of about 15 capesizes and panamaxes working the trade lanes of the world. 10 new capsizes will enhance the ability of this Chinese freight carrier to move dry bulk freight, but these 10 new capsizes most likely won’t be seen in the ports of the world until sometime in 2011 or beyond.

The shipping interests of Zhejiang province have been busy ordering new bulk freight carrier vessels to keep the business of freight moving in China. Last week, another Chinese shipping company doing business in Zhejiang province apparently put in an order for 21 new vessels to transport bulk freight. Does this mean Zhejiang province is preparing to put itself on the front line of China’s desire to lead the Chinese ocean freight carrier industry into the century of the environment? The shipping company in this case, Zosco, has a good reputation in the world of freight shipping and this expansion could be the first move in the international game of chess we call the freight shipping business.

If this is the goal of Zosco the company still has a long road ahead of it trying to spread its propeller-print around the world of freight. The current fleet of Zosco is going to need some help in this goal and the arrival of 21 new freight vessels is going to go a long way in helping Zosco achieve its future goals.

American Air Freight Carriers Talking

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

There are apparently cloudy and uncertain skies ahead for American air freight carriers United Airlines and Continental Airlines as these two international air freight carriers have apparently been talking for a few months about merging business operations. It must indeed be uncertain times for many at these two airlines as they continue to talk about trying to improve the future of both firms by merging operations. Will it mean job losses if the two firms merge? What will be the ultimate meaning be for the air freight business of America, Europe and the world? These questions are probably running through the minds of many air freight industry professionals that have been watching this situation unfold?

These two American air freight carriers aren’t the only two firms involved in the merger talks apparently, as it has also been reported that US Airways has joined the discussion at points. Does this mean that there’s a possibility of a three way merger between United Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways? There appears to be a belief in minds of some freight industry professionals that such a merger might actually be the strongest partnership that could come out of the talks. The truth of this is up for debate for sure, but there could certainly be a few facts that would support such a belief. The possibility at this time does seem remote, but you never know what might happen in a situation like this and we should probably expect the unexpected?

There have been rumours circulating that the board of directors of United’s parent company, UAL, is expected to hold a private meeting sometime in the next few days to discuss this subject. There have even been suggestions that the talks could be designed to spark interest from companies on the European continent about doing business.

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.