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U.S. Switches Over To Paperless Crew Inspection

Stephanie 12/28/2021 12:12:44 PM

After 10 years of trial and error the U.S. is finally ready to go paperless when it comes to vetting crews arriving on commercial ships. The new process is aimed at streamlining vessel arrivals and departures by eliminating redundant data submitted by vessel masters and agents and simplifying vessel inspections, “and thus generally establishing a fully paperless passenger and crew list process for all commercial vessel arrivals and departures,”. Customs and Border Protection office....
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Medical Supplies Backed Up At Port Congestion

Stephanie 12/20/2021 7:19:28 PM

     The port congestion has created a crisis for the nation's medical suppliers. Containers consisting of medical supplies as well as "products for the health, safety and well-being of our nation's frontline workers" have been delayed due to the congestion that are, according to HIDA, "on average... overdue 37 days." Although these containers should be received with urgency, FMC does not have the legal authority to prioritize cargo.      However, "Bentzel said he reached out to Port....
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Central Freight Lines to Close After Years of Service

Stephanie 12/14/2021 7:33:32 PM

Waco, Texas-based Central Freight Lines has notified drivers, employees & customers that the less-than-truckload carrier plans to wind down operations today after 96 years. As of today, the company has stopped picking up freight & expects to deliver remaining freight in its system by Dec. 20th. Ranked as the nation’s 23rd largest LTL carrier, the company was a key player in Southwestern/ Southern regions & is the largest LTL company to close since New England Motor Freight (NEMF) in 2....
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Port of Savannah: Novembers Monthly Record

Stephanie 12/10/2021 7:43:26 PM

2021 was a year for all ports to reach their all time high. The port of Savannah has recently set a new monthly volume record in November consisting of “495,750 twenty-foot equivalent units”, “a 6.7% increase from November 2020”. This increase results from the ports attempt to escalate the import volume.  “Our employees along with Savannah’s stevedores, ILA members, truckers, river captains and many other transportation professionals have pulled together to handle record cargo volu....
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SoCal Ports Reach Their All Time High

Stephanie 12/6/2021 4:51:44 PM

There were 40 container ships waiting close to shore and another 56 container ships farther out at sea setting an all time high for the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports according to new data from the Marine Exchange of Southern California. “In addition to the 96 ships waiting offshore on Friday, there were 31 container ships at terminal berths, bringing the grand total to 127, at or near an all-time high.”.  The total number of container ships either at berths or waiting offshore c....
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TSA directs freight railroads to bolster cybersecurity

Stephanie 12/3/2021 7:55:23 PM

Although no U.S freight railroads have experienced catastrophic ransomware attacks, it is better to begin to take precausions now rather than later. These new requirements implemented by the Transportation Security Administration will take into effect December 31st wich mandates "all freight rail operators designate a cybersecurity coordinator, develop an incident response plan and conduct a vulnerability assessment." Similar mandate was also directed to passenger rail and public transi....
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