Posts Tagged ‘shipping freight’

Reduce the Carbon Wheel-Print of Freight Trucking

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Long haul professionals, including the freight forwarder and the agent providing customers with a great freight quote, will be glad to hear that another page was turned in the freight trucking industries journey down the road to reducing the carbon wheel-print of the roro and ltl freight trucking industry in the century of the environment. The latest page deals with Detroit Diesel’s Engine Manufacturing Center in Redford, Michigan, which has been recently recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the first manufacturing facilities in American to meet the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.

In fact, Detroit Diesel’s Engine Manufacturing Center was able to go beyond the expectations of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 10 percent reduction within five years or less, by decreasing the center’s energy use by 17 percent in one calendar year. At the same time, Detroit Diesel was being recognized for Outstanding Achievement during the DTE Energy and the Engineering Society of Detroit’s Energy Conference and Exhibit, for the Industrial Sustainability Energy Program of the Year award, which recognizes the Michigan-based industrial firm that has made the most contributions in the area of energy conservation.

This is great news for the freight shipping heavy haul industry of the United States and is definitely a road marker on the highway before the trucking industry that indicates the battle to reduce the carbon wheel-print of thefreight trucking industry is building momentum. All sectors of the freight transport industry of the United States and the world are beginning to weigh-in on the battle and things are really starting to get rolling in the carbon emissions reduction arena.

Trucking Transport Hybrids Tested in Los Angeles

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

American trucking service professionals are currently conducting an experiment in Los Angeles, California that’s designed to test the tailpipe emissions from the latest hybrid trucking service transports from Azure Dynamics against the emissions from a baseline diesel transport vehicle. The experiment in Los Angeles has been evaluating six Azure Dynamics Balance Hybrid trucks, three gasoline hybrid electric vehicles and three diesel trucking transport units, on transport routes in the Sacramento and Los Angeles regions to see what the tailpipe emissions from these new gasoline hybrid transport vehicles is like in comparison to a baseline diesel transport.

What did the interm report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say about the results from the test, so far? The first reports indicate that tailpipe emissions from the gasoline hybrids were quite a bit lower across all tested drive cycles than the emissions that were coming out of the diesel hybrid transports. The report also indicated that fuel economy was similar for both the diesel and gasoline versions, expect for the highest kinetic intensity drive cycle where the hybrid exhibited around 20 percent higher fuel economy than the diesel units.

This experiment will certainly be something of interest for trailer trucking service professionals of the world that will definitely want to take a look at the results from this experiment in Los Angeles. The use of hybrid transport vehicles is only going to grow in America in the years ahead for the freight trucking industry and we need to conduct more experiments like the one being conducted in Los Angeles in the years ahead in the century of the environment, if we are to take the freight transport industry down the road to zero-emissions and sustainability.

Chinese iron ore monopoly?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Did you know that international ocean freight carriers from over 40 different countries currently export iron ore to China? In fact, China imports so much iron ore that it has allowed Chinese steel players to negotiate a binding long-term industry wide price agreement, instead of independent contracts with individual steel mills. The number of ocean freight carriers bringing iron ore to China is expected to increase in the future as well according to many industry sources in China and the world. Iron ore from the Indian sub-continent has been the flavour in favour with the Chinese steel mills of late, but this could change in the blink of an eye, since China has negotiated so many agreements for iron ore around the world and would certainly do so again.

There have been clouds of change on the horizon in this affair as significant pressure has been brought to bear against the Chinese to make changes to the current set up. China does need to be wary of burning bridges in this affair and burning bridges really isn’t the Chinese way. The Chinese appear to be more the limp-in kind of player who thinks he can out play you after the flop, the manipulator of emotions who is always seemingly in control of his emotions on the outside. In fact, the Chinese negotiators have apparently been at work spreading a net on the waters to see who they can ensnare and get involved in the debate occurring that’s starting to get louder according to many sources.

At present, the Chinese demand for iron ore is probably too great considering the present growth in China for the Chinese to not listen to the debate and probably make some changes. China also needs the iron ore as much as or maybe more than countries need to find buyers for their iron ore and this is certainly going to make them at least listen to the comments surrounding this affair. In addition, it will take time for ocean freight carriers to get up to speed with their movements of iron ore to China and in the meantime China still needs freight carriers to constantly bring in daily loads of iron ore for business to continue.

Pure Container Transport Vessels on the Comeback

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Container transport vessels have been taking containers full of various types freight to international destinations in one form or another has been a traditional way of exporting goods for thousands of years. The containers have changed from the days of the early sea traders, but the concept is pretty much the same as the days of the first Mediterranean shipping companies. Pure containerships are a vessel type that has recently been thought of in the same terms that many scientists today talk about the polar bear or coral reefs of the world. A type of pure transport vessel that might have seen its last days on Earth, but it appears that we might have been wrong about the extinction of the pure containership?

In fact, only the second order of pure containerships since the beginning of the financial rough seas the ocean freight shipping industry has been riding out for the past 18 months or so was ordered by Chinese shipping company Sinotrans, recently. Does this mean that the container transport industry is about to get a boost in business somewhere on planet Earth? This is only a single order for pure containerships and it could be a test run to see if pure containerships can still compete against more versatile types of freight carrying vessels that have been on the oceans for awhile.

The lull in new pure container transport vessel construction doesn’t have to be all bad for shipyards that have traditionally made this type of freight vessel. The lack of orders will have given them time to start work on new environmentally friendly containership designs to help reduce the propeller-print of the ocean freight carrier industry as it tries to navigate the treacherous reefs surrounding the sea lanes into the century of the environment.

If the timing of pure containership builders is spot-on, we might even see pure containerships of some type emerge on the other side of the reefs in forms and shapes that will amaze and astound us?

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