The following “Transportation Happenings” occurred during the past week that you may find of interest:
- As previously reported, early reports on the FMCSA Portal show that all our Terminals did quite well on this past week’s Roadcheck 2017.
- The Panama Canal has given notice that they plan to lower the tolls charged on Containerships. This may become a factor in additional Far East to East Coast traffic which will benefit us.
- There are now 36 ships in the West Coast to Asia swing that are sized over 13,000 TEU. None of the ships though are the so-called MegaShips in the 18,000 TEU and over class.
- The Bayonne Bridge has now been certified to allow vessels requiring at least 215 of “air-draft” (vertical clearance) under the bridge. This will open up many more of the Port of NY/NJ’s Container Terminals to the large classes of vessels.
- Attachment #1 is an article written by Ron Katims. Mr. Katims started in the ocean container industry very early. He became VP of Sea-Land for Engineering and a “go-to” man for Malcolm McLean who may consider the man who gave birth to container transportation. I personally worked with Mr. Katims for 10 years and subsequently worked for him in a Consulting role in Brazil for two years.
- Attachment #2 points out that the Trump Department of Labor has rescinded the Department of Labor Memorandum from the Obama Administration.