Posts Tagged ‘freight transportation’

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.

Long Haul Drivers & Human Smuggling

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Long haul truck driver Tyrone Williams is back in the news after a federal appeals court in Houston recently overturned the multiple life sentences without parole this Jamaican immigrant was given back in 2003 in a failed May 2003 human smuggling case that turned deadly. The deadliest human smuggling attempt using heavy haul trucking services in America, 19 illegal immigrants were discovered in a freight trucking unit driven by Tyrone Williams dead from dehydration, overheating and suffocation, after Williams decided to abandon the truck at a truck stop near Victoria, about 100 miles from Houston.

The prosecutors in this case did actually originally go after a death sentence for Tyrone Williams in this case, but the 5th United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that William’s crimes didn’t meet the legal criteria for the death penalty. The appeals court also said that a judge, not a jury, should have sentenced Williams on the counts in question. The jury in question had originally decided that Williams should spend life in prison without parole for his crimes, but it appears that after this appeals court ruling, Williams will be going back to court to be re-sentenced by the Houston federal judge who originally presided over his trial.

The trucking industry was probably hoping they had heard the last of Tyrone Williams and the 19 illegal immigrants that unfortunately died during this human smuggling attempt. This kind of affair puts a black stain on the trucking industry in the United States and we need to learn from this unfortunate incident and get beyond it. We also need to make sure we take a look at improving the security measures in place in order to prevent the smuggling of illegal immigrants into the United States on transport trucks and educate truckers on the legal problems associated with this practice.

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.

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.

Totally-Automated Trucking Transport?

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Is it possible that one day we could see all driving functions on a trailer trucking unit taking a trucking load to destination totally automated? This day does appear to be getting closer every day and while many in the freight carrier industry think that we’ll always have on-board human help during transport. The day when the driving will be done by automated systems does appear to be coming closer and closer as we look down the road to the future of the trucking services industry of America and the world in the century of the environment.

The newest natigational aid for trucking transport drivers, the ECO2 navigation system from Bosch provides drivers with pioneering route calculation ability implementing the latest communication options networked with the truck as well as truck-specific consumption curves and characteristics to optimize the operation of the transport for lower fuel consumption during freight trucking operations. This navigation system also takes into account elements and parameters that are significant in terms of ecology and the economy of trucking freight in North America.

What kind of elements and parameters are we referring to? Map-based parameters like the classification of the road you’re transporting on, the towns and villages that you’ll be traveling through during your trip and the number of intersections along the route. Vehicle-specific parameters have also been calculated into the navigation system, like engine size, the transmission, the air resistance values of the vehicle, along with any roof loads or trailers that are being towed. Driver-specific characteristics have also been calculated into this navigation system, like the driving style, which can have a significant effect on the fuel efficiency of a trip if the driver generally accelerates and brakes a lot during transport. The system can even help the driver learn to drive at recommended speeds and drive defensively by looking ahead to anticipate traffic conditions and other helpful features.

This navigation system does go the extra mile as it can help you balance the energy required on different routes and sections of routes as all the streets and roads with the same characteristics in the routing area in question are divided into individual sections for easy use. The transition points between the different sections of the route are marked by nodes, like a change in road classification, an intersection and the entry and exit ramps, which are likely to require more fuel consumption due to accelerating and braking requirements or potential waiting time requiring fuel-consuming starting and stopping.

The ECO2 isn’t ready for prime time just yet, but they do expect to have this navigation system ready to go into production in the summer of 2010, so we should see this system integrated into transport trucking units sometime after the summer.

British International Freight Association, British freight, freight transportation, freight forwarder, freight transport

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

British freight transportation firms moving goods and materials to market in England and around the world work with the British International Freight Association to enable the movement of freight along the air, road, rail and sea routes of the United Kingdom. The British International Freight Association is an organization that works with freight transport firms in England to help facilitate freight transport.

Presently, the British International Freight Association has around 1400 members that are referred to as freight forwarders that provide a large variety of freight transport services to British firms, along the various freight transport systems of England.

The members of the British International Freight Association operate throughout the territory of the British Isles and currently allow customers to transport freight using the British freight transport system. The services provided include freight transport along European road and rail routes, efficient and useful ocean freight transport and air freight forwarding. They also work with customs officials and will consult with British freight transport firms on the transport of freight, take care of packing of exported goods, the storage and distribution of freight, and the planning of logistics and supply chain management. British freight forwarders work independently and can help British customers select the best freight transport method for the customers’ needs.

The British International Freight Association is a non-profit organization that has been recognized by British and the international freight transport industry as the representative for the British freight forwarding industry. The goals of the organization include providing useful and effective support for British firms conducting freight transport and to improve freight transport services being provided by members in the United Kingdom.

The British International Freight Association is known around the freight transport industry as the British representative in area of freight transport. The organization has yearly events to help keep the British industry in tune and an online website and monthly newsletter that they use to help keep members informed.

Dipatchers and Drivers, Communication

Monday, November 30th, 2009

From the dispatchers seat,
Bill Archer| November 2009

A dispatcher can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and communication is the key element. Drivers rely on dispatchers to get them the next load, but if the driver isn’t communicating to the dispatcher, the dispatcher can’t assign the load as need be, which results in rejecting a shipment or assigning the load to another driver.

Dispatchers are not just sitting waiting for a driver to call they are fielding customer calls and taking new orders. Customer service is in the eye of the customer. A driver is a representative of the company they are delivering for whether it’s Over-Sized, Tankers, Flat Beds, Vans, LTL, even hotshots a dispatcher is the liaison between the two.

If there is any issue a dispatcher must be notified in order to keep the piece with the customer. One thing I have learned from my mentor and that I will share with you now “It takes days, months, even years to get a customer and it only takes minutes to lose them”. The ground work takes a long time but a missed pick up or delivery, late shipment or damaged shipment can be enough to lose that account.

All companies are in business to make money, all drivers are trying to make a living and all dispatchers are caught in the middle. Dispatchers are counselors (both work and personal), CSR’s, friends, enemies, and liaisons between customers and drivers.

Help make your dispatcher make your job easier just call in often so your dispatcher isn’t wondering when he can put you on your next load.

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Freight Brokers

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Freight brokers are agents who facilitate delivery contracts between two parties. They are usually hired by the shipper and paid a commission for their efforts. These brokers are not the same as freight forwarders because they do not make the actual transfer of goods. Instead, think of them as mediators who negotiate with transport companies to get you the best options available for your shipping needs. At the same time, they assist carrier companies by connecting them with shippers and maximizing their truckload. They are the middlemen of freight transportation.

Although freight brokers never take possession of the cargo, they are usually insured to protect their clients on the shipping and receiving ends. In the United States, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) license must be obtained before legally offering freight broker services, although this license is not needed for freight broker agents.

In addition to finding the most suitable transportation options for their clients, freight brokers also help carriers fill their trucks for optimal delivery. Many brokers gain their knowledge of the industry from previous experience as drivers or working with carriers, and this is how they build their connections and expertise.

Brokers may also have agents who can perform many of the same tasks, even from home. The important thing is, freight brokers and broker agents are part of a network of carriers and shipping services. Since they have such a large interest in this network, they would ideally know the best routes for freight shipping services.

Driver Shortage

Friday, August 21st, 2009

The trucking industry is currently facing a driver shortage. Since 2005 the shortage of commercial freight drivers has been falling. At the moment the industry is short about 20,000 drivers reports the American Trucking Association. Along with the freight index unchanged from May to June. Freight transportation in the US has stalled and it is at its lowest levels since 1997 the U.S. Department of Transportation reports. Commercial drivers transport 75 percent of domestic goods in the United States. This shortage will have some effects, such as delays in the arrival of goods, increase in freight rates and in turn increase in cost of domestic goods.

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