The following “Transportation Happenings” occurred during the past week that you may find of interest.
- The South Carolina Port Authority is requesting Funds to study a proposal the shuttle import/export containers from a railhead to the Port’s Terminals in an effort to reduce road congestion.
- South Korea’s 14 Container Carriers are forming a Consortium in which HYUNDAI will undoubtedly take the lead.
- The Port of Oakland is going to test a battery powered drayage tractor. Electric powered trucks using electricity from a LNG powered generator make sense.
- The immediate forecast is for growth in the Asia/Europe tradelane but, it still will be insufficient to fill the MegaShips that are sailing therein.
- The Port of Houston has announced that they will extend the working hours at their Bayport Terminal starting October 2. The new hours will be 7 AM – 11 PM with the last entry being at 10 PM.
- As the ‘petya’ cyberattack on many companies including Moller-Maersk demonstrates, we are all at risk. Please review your terminal’s strategy with VP IT Jeff Burch and make sure you’ve got a clear strategy and contingency plans as well. (see attached).
- The West Coast Ports and Labor are running scared of both the loss of freight during their labor troubles of a couple of years back and, of some re-routing of freight due to the new Panama Canal Locks. (See attached article). The East Coast/Gulf Coast Ports will also be initiating contract talks soon so as to preclude problems there as well.