Issue 7 2018 - FBJNA

POLB approves Toyota’s green

terminal makeover

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a proposal by Toyota Logistics Services to redevelop its facility at Pier B and build a renewable energy fuel-cell power plant and hydrogen fueling station. Toyota operates a marine terminal at the port where new

automobiles are off-loaded from ships,

processed and project

transported off-site via truck and railroad. The planned redevelopment would make those operations more efficient. Construction on the private is

anticipated to begin later this year and be

completed in 18 months. Work will include replacing

separate office, car washing, fueling, auto body and other facilities with a new, single building. Plans also call for construction of a 2.3 megawatt fuel-cell power plant and a new fueling station that will include hydrogen. “Toyota is demonstrating

hydrogen fuel as a viable alternative for fueling vehicles,” said Harbor Commission President Tracy Egoscue. “The example they are setting at the Port of Long Beach should

be applauded not only by the goods movement industry, but by everyone who wants a sustainable present and future for our planet.” “Toyota is one of our oldest

customers,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “We’ve grown together during a business partnership that’s almost a half-century old, and part of the reason we’ve remained successful is recognizing the need to invest in modernization projects like this to improve our operations.”

Port of Everett breaks ground on $36M S. Terminal Wharf Modernization project

The Port of Everett has broken ground on its $36 million South Terminal Wharf Modernization project, the largest capital project in port history by dollar value, and

the largest maritime

construction project on the West Coast today. The project will ensure the

port’s facilities are ready to support the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X. The South Terminal facility

is a key piece of the port’s overall Seaport Modernization efforts. It’s the largest of the port’s docks by land footprint; however,

the dock was

originally built in the 1970s to support log operations, and in its current state, can only accommodate 500 pounds per square foot (psf). Modern cargo operations

require a minimum of 1,000 psf. The South Terminal Modernization Project (Phase II) strengthens the remaining

560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure (140- feet was strengthened as part of Phase I in 2015) and makes electrical

upgrades at the

wharf. Upon completion, the dock will be strong enough to accommodate two, 100-foot

gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shorepower while at the dock. In 2017, the port completed

two rail upgrade projects totaling more than $8 million. With the help of the Port’s

TOTE Maritime continues substantial equipment investment

TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico continues to make substantial investments in equipment to meet the needs of its customers as well as Puerto Rico as the island continues with recovery efforts

following last year’s

hurricane season. In the last few months,

TOTE Maritime has secured more

than 200 53’ containers, leased an additional additional 500 chassis and

distributed 75 new gen sets for customers in Puerto Rico. These investments are

critical given the focus on recovery and rebuilding the island following Hurricane Maria. This equipment will also ensure that customers and communities have access to adequate supplies as Puerto Rico prepares for this year’s

hurricane season. TOTE Maritime’s 53’

containers are custom made for both TOTE and Puerto Rico. These custom containers maximize space increasing capacity by 42 percent over a standard 40’ container. With this increased capacity, they also improve efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce transportation costs for

2-percent for public access

policy, the project is also generating $586,000 to the city of Everett to improve public

access along the

waterfront that doesn’t conflict with a vibrant working waterfront.

goods traveling to Puerto Rico. New gen sets and chassis for

Puerto Rico mean expanded capacity to support increased cargo and diverse customer needs over the coming months. TOTE’s new gensets will ensure both TOTE and its customers are prepared to support the island throughout hurricane season. These new equipment

purchases are part of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico’s five year equipment plan that will further improve the customer experience.

Total intermodal volumes advanced 6.2% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018, aſter posting 7.2% growth in the first quarter, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report. International intermodal volumes increased 4.8%, domestic containers 6.1%, and trailers led overall growth at 18.1%. The seven highest-density trade corridors accounted for 63.2% of total volumes and were collectively up 6.6%. The Northeast-Midwest again performed the best of the seven with volumes gaining 12.8%. The South Central- Southwest, intra-Southeast and Midwest-Northwest lanes had growth of 8.4%, 7.1% and 6.2% respectively, while the trans-Canada and Midwest-Southwest came in at 4.4% and 4.2%. The Southeast- Southwest eked out 0.8% growth.

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics- intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has acquired PinPoint, a leading provider of fleet tracking and mobile workforce solutions based in Canada. PinPoint helps its customers collect real-time location information on trucks and mobile workers using technology, including Geotab (telematics) and SkyBitz (trailer tracking). This information is used by technology solutions, like Descartes’ Routing, Mobile & Telematics suite, to drive fleet and mobile resource productivity, manage driver performance and comply with government regulations.

Port of Everett hosts a groundbreaking to commemorate construction on its South Terminal Modernization project. (Port of Everett photo.)


///NEWS News Roundup Trucking Associations’

Technology & Maintenance Council released its 2018-2019 Recommended Practices Manual, featuring more than 40 new or revised Recommended Practices, with a goal of increasing equipment maintenance and engineering efficiencies. The manual is a TMC member benefit but is also available for purchase for non- members in a variety of formats. The new set features both TMC’s Recommended Maintenance Practices Manual and Recommended Engineering Practices Manual. The 2018-19 edition features RPs added since the publication of TMC’s 2017 RP Supplement, covering topics ranging from battery selection criteria to aerodynamic wheel cover considerations and liſting and jacking vehicles guidelines to key performance indicators for cost-per-mile metrics. TMC members receive immediate access to TMC’s entire RP library through TMC Connect.

American Trucking Associations announced Fleetworthy Solutions, provider of transportation regulatory compliance, safety, and technology solutions, as an ATA Featured Product. Fleetworthy Solutions offers a robust line of trucking industry services, including their Intelligent Compliance Platform, consulting and audit support services, and driver qualification file management. In addition to driver qualification file management, Fleetworthy Solutions provides hours of service and drive log compliance, Compliance, Safety, Accountability record management, vehicle record management, roadside and accident report management and online driver training, testing and tracking. The company also offers fuel and mileage tax reporting and filing services, which include IFTA fuel, mileage and highway- use tax reporting. Additionally, Fleetworthy Solutions provides asset management services.

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 1.9% in July aſter decreasing 0.5% in June. In July, the index equaled 115 (2015=100), up from 112.8 in June. ATA revised the June decline from the originally reported 0.4% to 0.5%. Compared with July 2017, the SA index jumped 8.6%, up from June’s 7.7% year-over-year increase. Year-to-date, compared with the same period last year, tonnage increased 8%, far outpacing the annual gain of 3.8% in 2017. The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 114.6 in July, which was 1.2% below the previous month (116.1).

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