Logistics Publications

U.S. Seaborne Crude Oil Exports Hit a Record High

Posted on June 04, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

According to the latest data from BIMCO, U.S. crude oil exports have increased month by month since August 2018, reaching a record 9.6 million tons in January.The rise in exports in January was largely driven by sales in Europe, which rose to 4.8 million tons in January from 2.8 million tons in December.Exports for the whole of 2018 reached 8.74 million tons, up 96.7 percent from 4.44 million tons in 2017. BIMCO said this would be good news for the original plate, equating to an additional 143 VLCC vessels (300,000 DWT) or 287 Suez-type vessels (150,000 DWT).In January 2019, the Netherlands became the biggest importer of American crude oil, surpassing...

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Gas Spill Causes Port of Houston Delays

Posted on May 14, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

A collision outside of the Port of Houston between a 755-foot commercial tanker and two barges caused delays and congestion in the port of Houston the weekend of May 11th. Parts of the Houston shipping channel remained closed through the weekend while the U.S Coast Guard and Galveston County authorities attempt to contain the hazardous spill.Initial Estimates states that up to 25,000 barrels of reformate, a refined gasoline product, were released into the Gulf of Mexico. The smell of gasoline can be detected both in the shipping channel as well as the surrounding land area. 46 container ships were...

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Dangerous Goods

Posted on May 06, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Are you shipping dangerous goods and labeling your cargo correctly? Incorrect labeling and packaging can be deadly. March 10th marked the fourth container ship fire in four months. These fires have destroyed ships and cargo in addition to costing companies millions of dollars. This is a very serious situation - lives have been lostGerman container line, Hapag-Lloyd AG states, it gets “around 3,000 undeclared or mis-declared bookings a year.” Officials have discussed if stricter penalties will help, but Hapag is among those who do not believe that it would make a difference. Unfortunately, people...

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How Collision Avoidance Systems are Improving the Transportation Industry

Posted on May 01, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

On February 4 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-20. This list identifies the biggest safety improvements that can be made across all modes of transportation, including highway, pipeline and hazardous materials. According to the NTSB, instillation of collision avoidance technologies should be a standard practice among automobile and truck manufactures.Sentential Transportation started incorporating Collision warning systems into its trucks in 2004 and by 2018 had the safety feature in 88% of their fleet. Todd Potter, Vice President of safety for Sentinel, said “Technology is good, Technology works. However, there are things...

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Keep On Truckin'... Please

Posted on April 09, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Everything we produce or consume is transported somewhere, and everything will at some point travel by truck.  The issue however, according to Kevin Burch, president of Dayton Trucking, is that shipping tonnage is up, while the number of truck drivers is down. William Cassidy, senior editor of JOC.com stated,“This year, the availability of drivers, rather than trucks, will determine how tight truck capacity gets in the U.S.  Truck manufacturers are expected to churn out hundreds of thousands of Class 8 tractors ordered last year, but where are the men and women who will drive those...

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What Can Go Wrong in Logistics?

Posted on April 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

In the ever-evolving business world, supply chain management is one of the biggest contributors to a company’s success.  Due to the diverse and fast-growing market, logistics can certainly be a challenge. A successful supply chain has different characteristics and mandatory steps (such as documentation, customs information, etc) to ensure cargo can move.  These steps work like the gears in a clock – all need to work together or a shipment may have unforeseen delays.Some events that regularly cause setbacks are:Failing to comply with certifications and requirements for imports Transport companies having low flexibility on...

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Transportation and the Growth of Invasive Species

Posted on April 02, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Nowadays, everyone has heard of greenhouse gas emissions caused by transport. The world is aware of their impact on ecology and governments try their best to limit production of these emissions. Instead, not many people are aware of another, quite curious problem mainly caused by maritime cargo transportation specifically by vessels’ ballast water.The term “ballast” can refer to any heavy material installed on a vehicle to improve its stability. In ships, it is utilized to provide the desired draft, and hence improve the maneuverability. When a vessel is empty or carries a light cargo, the required...

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Tane Mahuta and the Importance of Biosecurity

Posted on March 05, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Tāne Mahuta also rightly referred to as 'Lord of the Forest' is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree. A whopping 4.4 meters in diameter, over 50 meters tall, and said to be over 2,000 years old but is still very much growing.This magnificent beauty has been the centerpiece of thousands of school trips over generations of children across New Zealand. Unfortunately, Tane Mahuta, who resides in in the truly magical Waipou Forest, is on the verge of extinction.Phytophthora Agathidicida is a Pathogen that causes what has been named “Kaura Dieback;” it is a disease...

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The Historical Evolution of GE-Wuhan Boiler Company

Posted on February 28, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

Photo by Peiran Li Wuhan Boiler Company located in Wuhan City, Hubei province, was established in 1953 and has more than 60 years of experience in designing and making boilers. In 2007, Alstom became the controlling shareholder of WBC. In 2015, WBC joined GE Power and become a member of GE. Now, WBC covers 173,000 meter of area and has around 2,000 employees in Wuhan.WBC main products include tower Boiler, Two Pass Boiler, CFB Bolier (circulating fluidized bed boiler), HRSG Drum and Mills ect.Key differentiators of WBCThe first boiler maker in the world can perform in house shot peening, the longest...

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TuSimple to Build Largest Self-Driving Fleet

Posted on February 27, 2019. Category: Logistics Publications

TuSimple, the autonomous truck developer, plans to expand its U.S. test fleet to 40 trucks by June 2019. This announcement was made during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the company displayed their Navistar International LT model. This vehicle has been outfitted with automated driving technology which allows it to “perceive and interpret” it’s surroundings. Chuck Price, Vice President of product at TuSimple, stated “Last year we announced our intent to build a 200-truck fleet. These 40 trucks that we’re acquiring [are] a down payment on that.”TuSimple has dual headquarters located in...

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