Starting an American dream from scratch – Taking the Hire Road

Stefan Trifan, president of APL Cargo, sat down with Taking the Hire Road host Jeremy Reymer to share his story of immigrating to the U.S. from Moldova and fulfilling the American dream. 

With no experience in the industry, Trifan acquired his CDL and started a trucking company. With just one truck, Trifan grew APL Cargo into a successful carrier through years of hard work. 

“I still remember that truck. It had 490,000 miles and we bought it for $49,000 cash because we had no credit,” he said.


OPINION | The surprising link between piracy and Covid-19

The Singapore Strait is experiencing a spike in maritime piracy attacks, with the incidence increasing from 12 attacks in 2019 to 38 in 2022, and an upwards trend continuing into 2023. Southeast Asian waters are of geostrategic importance to global shipping routes, maritime trade, and networks of...

Port of Geraldton cancels suite of anti-COVID measures

Pictured: a conceptual representation of different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Graphic: colour modified by Shipping Australia of the original provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several maritime-related rules to combat COVID have been cancelled at the Port of Geraldton, according to a new Harbour Master Instruction from Mid West Ports.

The Instruction noted that vaccinations have occurred on a global scale, that a “high” level...

Pentagon Not Pursuing Separate Reentry Path For Vaccine Separated Service Members

Lance Cpl. Carlos Benitez, assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, receives a COVID-19 booster shot aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) on March 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Department of Defense will not issue a separate policy to bring back service members who were separated for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a top Pentagon personnel chief testified to Congress on Tuesday.

Service personnel who were separated for failing to get vaccinated...

COLUMN | Calm down: Nigeria goes to the polls as Heroic Idun crew face delays; asset flippers are back, literally; PX121s change hands at higher prices; Telford and Smit Lamnalco sold; Bourbon and Horizon tie up [Offshore Accounts]

Nigerian singer-songwriter Rema is currently soaring high in the charts with his smash song Calm Down (here). Since last weekend was Nigerian presidential election weeken ..

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Navy Lifts Deployment Restrictions on Sailors Not Vaccinated Against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are pre-staged for a shot event in the hangar bay aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Dec. 28, 2021. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO – The Navy will no longer consider COVID-19 vaccination status when making decisions about sailor deployments – a reversal of more than a year of service policy, according to new Navy guidance released this week.

COVID-19 vaccination status cannot be considered when determining if someone can be deployed, according to the new standardized...

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