East Coast Weather Advisory: Terminal & Rail Update

Following frigid air temperatures and unexpected snow, the following terminals are expecting delays and/or closures on January 4, 2018:

PORT TERMINALS

Boston Conley Terminal: Closed

SCPA Terminals in Charleston:  Scheduled to resume terminal operations today at 1:00PM

*South Carolina DOT has issued truck restrictions on I-526 and I-26

Savannah: Scheduled to resume terminal operations today at 1:00PM

Wilmington: Scheduled to resume terminal operations today at 1:00PM

Norfolk: Closed and will resume operations on Friday, January 5th at 1:00PM

RAIL OPERATIONS

Charleston:  Rescheduled to open at 10:00AM today

Savannah:   Opened at 06:00AM today

To see the confirmed statuses of impacted vessels, visit the American Journal of Transportation

Shippers Brace for Dec 18. ELD Mandate

U.S. importers and exporters not budgeting or preparing for the impact of the electronic logging device (ELD) rule are in for a surprise next quarter.  The electronic logging device (ELD) rule is part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) transportation reauthorization bill signed into law by President Obama in 2012.  Fast forward five years and the U.S. trucking industry is reeling as the law goes into effect this Dec. 18th. Lobbying by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and trucker protests have fallen on deaf ears at Capitol Hill as the deadline looms closer.

Established to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data, ELDs synchronize with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

Domestic trucking is notorious for false HOS reporting.  Drivers often stretch past the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service Final Rule guidelines resulting too often in collisions and fatalities.  In 2017, reports of false log violations increased by 11.5% with over 30,000 drivers placed out-of-service by law enforcement.

Unfortunately, shippers that hold up drivers at delivery are a significant contributor to the growing epidemic.  Whether importing, exporting or delivering final-mile, the industry will no longer be able to squeeze extra capacity from overworked drivers.  The current 50,000 truck driver shortage will aggravate capacity further as violators are pulled off the road at the end of the April 1, 2018 grace period.

Shippers should be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate route lengths for drop-and-pick deliveries;
  2. Ensure adequate warehouse labor for unloading;
  3. Maintain available dock space for deliveries;
  4. Prepare for higher rates and tighter capacity.

Who is exempt from the ELD rule?

Drivers who use the timecard exception are not required to keep records of duty status (RODS) or use ELDs. Additionally, the following drivers are not required to use ELDs; however, they are still bound by the RODS requirements in 49 CFR 395 and must prepare logs on paper, using an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD), or with a logging software program when required:

  • Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.
  • Drivers who are required to keep RODS not more than 8 days within any 30-day period.
  • Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, where the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered, or the vehicle being transported is a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer with one or more sets of wheels on the surface of the roadway.
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before the model year 2000. (As reflected on the vehicle registration)

For more information, visit the FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Devices information page.

Savannah Expansion: Double Rail, Faster Transit

The Port of Savannah’s International Multimodal Connector is a $128 million project that will add 97,000 feet of new track to Garden City Terminal and make it an East Coast gateway for fast rail and e-commerce.  According to Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), the project is set for completion by 2020, three to four years after the first annoucement by GPA Executive Director, Griff Lynch, back in September of 2016.

The goal of the expansion is to link Savannah’s two rail yards with the port, allowing both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway to build longer trains at Garden City’s on-dock terminal and increasing rail lift capacity to 1 million containers annually.  This effort sets the tone for market expansion as new services from the Port of Savannah develop well beyond the Southeast.  Currently, Savannah is the first port of call to 10 trans-Pacific services and the last port of call to 12 Asia-bound sailings.

With the addition of new track, CSX and Norfolk Southern will be able to build 10,000-foot trains at the port, compared to the present 2,000-foot train capacity.  By removing the need to stop at an inland container yard for additional density, some routings will find transit times reduced by up to two days. Dwell times will also be cut from 48 to 24 hours.  These efficiencies allow trains to depart for the final destination directly from the port. The GPA anticipates the expansion to reduce Atlanta truck traffic by 50,000 trips annually by extending Savannah’s intermodal reach into Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.

It’s crucial to stay informed of new routings, capacity, and efficiencies when planning or adapting your supply chain.  Be sure to evaluate multiple port destinations to place inventory where your consumers need them.  With massive distribution capacity, Savannah’s industrial centers are also a strategic advantage worth exploring.

For shippers who haven’t considered Savannah as an East Coast distribution hub, contact me, Sarah Ducker, at Green Worldwide Shipping for an open conversation about the many advantages of this intermidal gateway.

SARAH DUCKER

Sales Executive, Green Worldwide Shipping, LLC.

Cool Cargo: P51 Combat Fighter

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This past December, we helped move a very expensive, and very cool-looking motorcycle from Alabama, United States, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The motorcycle is built entirely of the 6061 aerospace billet aluminum, and, unfortunately, our export team could not take the motorcycle for a test drive prior to it’s departure to Dubai.

Check out more pictures of the P51 Combat Fighter!

For more information on our export division, or to find out more about Green Worldwide, visit our website, or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

Cool Cargo: Heavy Load in Heavy Snow

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Green Worldwide has just moved two Cookers weighing 85,000 pounds (each!) from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to a Biogas facility in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

At 2,950 miles, the move took the loads across nearly the entire width of Canada. The massive cargo was loaded in Rotterdam on two 40’FR and were transloaded to flatbed equipment at Halifax Port. The two units arrived in Lethbridge on December, 3rd after 9 days on the road and under some snow storms.

Check out pictures of the Cookers’ journey!

For more information on large project cargo, or to find out more about Green Worldwide, visit our website, or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.