Port of Long Beach top executive Jon Slangerup announces he is leaving

After two years on the job, Port of Long Beach’s CEO Jon Slangerup abruptly announced late Thursday he would step down effective Oct. 31.

Slangerup, who earns $350,000 a year as head of the nation’s second largest port, will accept a job as chairman and CEO of “a leading aviation technology company,” according to a statement from the Port of Long Beach that offered no further specifics.

“I leave my post content in the knowledge that the Port’s greatest years lie ahead,” Slangerup said in a statement. “The experience of helping guide the Port through our industry’s swiftly changing and often uncharted waters has been both an exciting challenge and a great honor.”

His announcement comes as one of the nation’s busiest seaports faces a crisis after the seventh largest carrier company Hanjin Shipping Co.’collapsed last week, leaving the future of its assets, including a stake in the port’s largest terminal, unclear.

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Source: Press Telegram

U.S. wants to force lower highway speeds on truck and bus drivers

The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but the regulators are still considering it.

The government said capping speeds for new large vehicles will reduce the 1,115 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks that occur each year and save $1 billion in fuel costs.

While the news is being welcomed by some safety advocates and non-professional drivers, many truckers said that such changes could lead to dangerous scenarios where they are traveling at much lower speeds than everyone else.

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Source: www.ChicagoTribune.com

Kenworth receives grants for projects at CA ports

Kenworth has been awarded three government grants totaling $8.6 million that will support low-emissions projects involving Kenworth T680 Day Cabs targeted for use as drayage tractors in Southern California ports.

The first two projects are funded at $1.9 million each by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) as the prime applicant. Kenworth will build two, proof-of-concept T680 Day Cab drayage tractors to transport freight from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to warehouses and railyards along the I-710 corridor in the Los Angeles basin.

The first T680 Day Cab will be a hybrid electric drayage truck producing near-zero-emissions utilizing currently available compressed natural gas (CNG) engine to generate electrical power. The second T680 Day Cab will feature a hydrogen fuel cell offering true zero-emissions operation. These trucks are expected to be identical, except for their power generation systems. Both trucks will have an all-electric range of 30 miles, as well as on-board CNG and hydrogen capacity, respectively, of 100 diesel gallons equivalent.

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Source: Fleet Owner

Digitized Trucking to Rely on Precision Mapping, Smart Roads and On-Board Analytics

Trucking companies are increasingly investing in intelligent tracking technologies that allow shippers and carriers to better monitor and manage drivers, vehicles and their cargo.

Mapping now transcends basic routing from Point A to Point B – instead, it’s much more precise and interactive. And there are to-the-second analytics and on-board telematics, which can pinpoint the exact location of a load at all times and even specify how it should be transported.

In the near term, this means better efficiency, safety and savings, according to proponents.

But with even the physical infrastructure starting to communicate with vehicles, some say that the roads and everything on them are on the verge of full automation.

“Ultimately, you reach this full autonomy where the network is constantly feeding data into the vehicle and there is no need for a driver at all,” said John G. Larkin, a logistics analyst at Stifel Financial Corp. “You can run the vehicle 24-7, 365 days a year.”

In late July, fleet management software company Gorilla Safety unveiled its Gorilla Trax GPS device, which transmits information on vehicle location and operational state.

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Source: www.Trucks.com

ILWU caucus to determine future of West Coast labor peace

A historic International Longshore and Warehouse Union caucus that could solidify the role of the West Coast as the preferred and natural gateway for U.S. trade with Asia will convene Wednesday in San Francisco.

About 100 ILWU delegates will decide in the coming three days if the union will join the Pacific Maritime Association in early negotiations for an extension of the existing contract that is set to expire on July 1, 2019.

Highlighting the importance of the caucus, 128 organizations representing beneficial cargo owners and logistics providers urged the ILWU and PMA to consider a new bargaining model based on “early and continuous dialogue.” The coalition of manufacturers, farmers, agribusinesses, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, transportation and logistics providers said early contract negotiations would avoid the disastrous labor problems and port congestion that accompanied the 2014 and 2015 coastwide negotiations on the West Coast.

“You have both recognized the negative economic impact of disruptions and slowdowns that occurred during the last negotiations. We believe starting negotiations early will help avoid a repeat of that experience,” the BCOs and other transportation groups stated in the letter.

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Source: www.JOC.com

West Coast ports must improve throughput

In a recent letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America transportation committee NVOCC sub-committee chairman Richard Roche responded to the Department’s request for public comment on U.S. seaport efficiency and competitiveness issues for its “21st Century U.S. Port Competitiveness Initiative.”

“Having attended numerous meetings and forums on the challenge of port congestion, you may not be surprised to hear that many of the themes are common from one meeting to the next,” wrote Roche, adding that congestion is still periodically wreaking havoc with fragile supply chains and needs to be fixed once and for all.

Likening it to a championship boxing campaign, Roche said that shippers are really just between “bouts” of transport gridlock. “Time has proven that we are constantly in a delicate balance of all the factors necessary to keep ports running smoothly until such time as some outward force throws everything off, whereupon we quickly spiral downward,” he added.

Among the issues contributing to congestion is the new generation of mega vessels calling on Pacific Rim ports. These are the ships that are simply too massive to transit the newly expanded Panama Canal—which at first glance seems to be a good thing. But there’s some question as to whether the ports have the necessary analytics and infrastructure to accommodate such enormous inbound discharge.

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Source: Logistics MGMT

Truck corridor planned for Wilmington Avenue affront to residents


Compton residents may not be aware of a plan and grant proposal by Mayor Aja Brown and the City of Compton in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles to rebuild two bridges along Wilmington Avenue to bear the weight of large trucks from the Port of Los Angeles — the busiest container port in the U.S. It’s called the Compton Ports Access Connector Plan.

In view of this plan, one is compelled to ask if there was a vote in the City of Compton to make Wilmington Avenue a major truck route for the Port of Los Angeles that will run directly through the residential area of Compton to the 91-freeway and Carson?

The cost of the project is estimated at $14 million. The grant proposal was for $10 million with $4 million in funding pledged by the County of Los Angeles Department of Transportation ($1,505,000); County of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ($1,499,000); and the California Department of Transportation  ($996,000).

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Source: Compton Herald

Drivers win $5 million settlement from trucking companies at Port of L.A.

Nearly 400 port truck drivers will receive a piece of a $5 million settlement as part of a class-action wage and hour dispute with trucking companies at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

The settlement was announced July 14 via joint press release by the Wage Justice Center and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, two groups that worked on behalf of the drivers, many of whom are Latino and Korean-American immigrants.

More than 380 drivers sued Erick Byunghak Yoo and QTS Inc., and its related entities, including LACA Express and Win Win Logistics, alleging the company and its subsidiaries misclassified their drivers as independent contractors.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accused the companies of illegally deducting around $1,500 from drivers’ paychecks, paying them less than the minimum wage and failing to give the workers rest breaks, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

“The settlement is the first to successfully attack this dual scheme of misclassification and corporate shell games that is endemic in the port trucking industry,” Nicole Ochi, supervising litigation attorney from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, said in the statement.

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Source: Land Line Mag

Daytime Rates Rising to Pick Up Cargo Containers at the Ports

PierPass, which administers the extended-gates programs at the two ports, said it is raising the fee to collect cargo containers between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Starting on Aug. 8, the cost to pick up a 20-foot container will go from $69.17 to $70.49, which is a 1.9 percent increase. For a 40-foot container, the cost will rise from $138.34 to $140.98.

PierPass President John Cushing said the increased fees are to cover rising labor costs and to sustain continued operations of the PierPass OffPeak gates.

There is no fee to pick up cargo containers between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays or during the day on Saturday.

Revenues from the fees serve two purposes: They help to compensate terminals for running five extra shifts each week, and the fees also encourage truckers and cargo interests to deliver and retrieve containers during off-peak hours, when traffic is lighter.

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Truck Turn Times were Fastest in Two Years at Ports of LA and LB

In the second quarter of 2016, trucks were able to pick up and deliver containers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach more quickly than in any other quarter over the last two years, according to monthly data reported by marine terminals and compiled by PierPass Inc.

In both May and June, turn times fell below 40 minutes during the Peak shift and below 45 minutes during the OffPeak shift for the first time since the second quarter of 2014. Turn time measures how long it takes a truck to drop off or pick up a container at a marine terminal. The average turn times for the full quarter were 40.8 minutes (Peak) and 43.0 minutes (OffPeak), down from 55.3 minutes (Peak) and 58.4 minutes (OffPeak) during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Source: www.BusinessWire.com