HOS rules reviewed by Congress

T2018-kenworth-truck-generichere’s been a lot of discussion over the last several months on Electronic Logging Devices and the current Hours of Services regulations.  One congressman has taken the issue in hand introducing HR 5417 The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers or REST Act.  Please take a look at my article in AJOT.com on REST and how it might keep highway safety in place but add flexibility for over the road drivers.   Enjoy – Matt


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WCMTOA presents its MLK Weekend Operating Schedule


The West Coast Marine  Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA) has posted their gate hour schedule for the upcoming Martin Luther King weekend. Only APMT will remain closed for the entire period and as noted there will be no Saturday evening gates at any of the area terminals. WCMTOA comprises the 12 marine container terminals in the ports of LA and Long Beach.

Pier Pass continues its work with the Tioga Group which it contracted in November. Tioga and its partner World Class Logistics is studying traffic mitigation, turn times and possible alternatives to the current gate hours and mitigation fees. Under Pier Pass over 40 million truck moves have been taken out of weekly daytime traffic in and around the ports in Southern California.

Tioga Group’s study results and recommendations will be presented to WCMTOA and Pier Pass sometime during the first quarter of this year.

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Suakin rises from the desert

Suakin City Ruins

At the end of last year, Turkey made significant inroads into Sudan. Adding a military base, and pledging to resurrect the ancient seaport city of Suakin. Called “the Port of Good Hope” by the Egyptians, Suakin may once again serve as a hub for trade and a military asset on the Red Sea. Please take a look at my latest blog “Suakin rises from the desert” on AJOT.com https://lnkd.in/gAH8FbZ

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Logistics in the Neo-Millennium

As we spin towards the third decade or the Neo-Millennium as I call it; logistics professionals will see changes to the face of transportation un-conceived of 20 years ago. The way we physically handle cargo will go hand in hand with technology to further guide freight movement.  You will find my latest blog paints an interesting picture of things to come!

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Season’s Greetings, Many Happy Returns?

The holidays are upon us.  Lights are going up all over town and the local sandlot now has trees for sale.   Holiday buying and giving is in full swing and the stores are looking to increase profits through the New Year.  There is however another side to it all.  For the retailer a season forgiving it’s not!  Please take a look at my latest blog on the art of the return.  I think you’ll enjoy it


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The Jones Act: a New Face or New Fate


On September 20th Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico with Category 5 winds, knocking out power and devastating much of the island’s roads and infrastructure. Two weeks earlier, Hurricane Irma passing just north of the island also created significant damage. These storms dealt Puerto Rico a devastating blow. Fuel Oil and Natural Gas reserves were hardest hit, making it extremely difficult to restore power and electricity. As food, water and medical supplies become depleted, Puerto Rico faces a resupply problem. How to get the ports and infrastructure up and running so that relief can reach the people? To read the entire article please follow the link to:


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Reflagging America

In 1960 Amelgl-liberty-passion-us-flagrica held 16.9 percent of the world’s tonnage with 2,926 cargo vessels and tankers, against a total capacity of 17,317 vessels worldwide. At the turn of the century that number had dropped to 282 vessels registered under the U.S. Flag. It represented only 1.0 percent of the world fleet. By 2016 according to the D.O.T. that number had dropped again to 169 ships representing only 0.4 percent of world tonnage. Container carriers and general cargo vessels were down to a total of 108 bottoms and the roll on roll off sector was down to 28 ships. Under current conditions America’s merchant marine capability would be sorely tested in times of need. Fortunately, many U.S. companies are stepping up to the plate to build or re-flag ships under the Stars and Stripes.
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