Posts Tagged ‘moving freight’

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.

Chinese Shipping Firms Ordering New Vessels

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Chinese freight shipping companies are apparently preparing to ship freight in greater amounts in the future as lately new ship orders from shipping interests in China have been going strong. Taiwanese shipping interest Taiwan’s Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT) has also been busy putting in new orders for kamsarmax bulkers that are apparently being built in Korea. Sources in the freight shipping industry indicate that TMT could be just getting started on ordering new ships and they have even been reported as looking at additional orders for handysize and kamsarmax vessels.

It has been hard to obtain any concrete information on TMT, since it’s a private firm that likes to keep things close to the corporate vest. The inability of shipping industry experts to obtain information on TMT appears to have created a cloud of doubt around TMT and its current plans. This doubt appeals to have resulted in some freight carrier professionals raising concerns about the financial status of TMT. TMT has been busy ordering lots of new vessels t drive its future growth and the doubt appears to be around the source of financing the company is sourcing to purchase this new round of vessels.

TMT has been going forward with its plans at a feverish rate, ordering new vessels from shipyards around the world in the past year or so. TMT appears to be convinced it will need new vessels to move the volume of ship freight its customers will have for it to transport in the future. Hopefully, TMT is right about the future and they see an increase in the demand for shipping services in the weeks and months ahead of the freight shipping industry.

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

Shore Power for Ships at Berth, Reducing the carbon propeller-print, container transport

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Container transport vessels berthed at the ports of the world could be using more shore power in order to reduce the carbon propeller-print and emissions of the world’s ports. It was reported that last month Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) conducted tests to see if they could feasibly use shore power for container transport ships at berth. The tests were apparently successful enough that the company is apparently going ahead with plans to power vessels at berth using shore power. The number of ships that are normally at berth according to the designers means that the use of shore power could significantly improve the air quality of Shanghai.

There will certainly be many ports of the world that will be watching what happens with this plan by the Shanghai International Port Group. If the results of the plan are as successful as the designers hope, we can certainly look forward to seeing more container transport vessels sitting at berth in the ports of the world being powered using shore power. There of course is going to be a few problems with power generation standards around the world. The various container transport vessels of the world can have varying voltage and frequency requirements with the power they use in comparison to the electrical supplies of the various ports of the world. This means that a system will have to be developed that will allow all vessels to use the various power frequencies and voltages of the various ports around the world.

This could mean that another industry will be created to design and manufacture the technology and systems that the container shipping industry needs to make use of shore power around the world. In the end though, the container shipping industry will be a little greener and this is the best part of this idea.

Signs of Trucking Industry Health Improving, New trailer truck sales, trailer trucking, trucking transport, trucking services

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The trailer trucking industry is preparing to try to navigate through the upcoming months of 2010, after a first three months to the year that has shown some signs of improvement in the business of trucking transport. You can be sure trucking services companies have been trying to pay attention to events occurring around the industry and the world for indications that business could be about to increase. Trucking firms will have to begin investing in new equipment in order to meet future orders and navigate the changing landscape of the trucking industry in the environment of the century. A changing landscape that could mean the trucking industry could see more losses in the weeks, months and years ahead. Before they invest money during a time when money is hard to make, they want to be as sure as possible they’re going to have the business in the future to pay for the investment. Unfortunately, forecasting the future has always been a doubtful affair and yet trucking companies are still going to have to invest money in order to conduct business in the future.

Still, when we see trucking firms investing huge sums in new equipment, it can often be a sign that the business of trucking is going to begin to get better in the future, at least the company investing in new equipment and trucks, probably thinks so. One American trucking firm recently put in an order for over a thousand new Kenworth T660s with the Paccar MX engine, and there have been suggestions around the trucking industry that this could be a sign that the American trucking industry is getting healthier. Hopefully, the suggestions are correct, but we should probably get more evidence to confirm the belief in an increase in the business of trucking in America.

Container Transport Rates From China to Europe, Down for seventh week in a row

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Reports of space being hard to find for customers that need container transport service from China to Europe have steadily gone down and reports now indicate that the average price for container transport services has gone down for the seventh straight week. Differing reports on the ability of customers to find space is no surprise and this could of course be to different business practices and other factors that have yet to be determined. The important thing for customers is that space is relatively easy to find and rates are coming down. They should probably take advantage of the rates while they can, because this condition isn’t likely to last forever. Providers of container transport services on the other hand will need to control their reactions and keep the ship steady as they head further into 2010. There might be a little glut of shipping capacity at the moment, but this will quickly equalize if the volume of containers that needs to be transported keeps going up in the ports of the world and rates will begin to equalize as well.

If shipping companies just keep a steady course, they should be okay, and then they can take a serious look at the fleet they have idle and make any adjustments they feel might be necessary in their operations. Environmental requirements and economic conditions could mean that the container transport industry will have to invest in a new generation of vessels specifically designed to help them exist in a new shipping world. This could mean many idle vessels will never again travel the shipping lanes of the world and could end up as so much scrap metal.…tm_medium=email