RoadOne breaks ground on 100-acre site near Port of Charleston

RoadOne IntermodaLogistics announced it has broken ground on a 100-acre distribution and transloading facility near the Port of Charleston.

The Summerville, South Carolina, site will be constructed in two phases. The company plans to open a 384,800-square-foot facility with 13 acres of trailer and container parking in January. A second phase will be completed in January 2027 and will add 279,720 square feet of space and 10 acres of parking.

The locations will be fenced, gated, lighted and...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/roadone-breaks-ground-on-100-acre-site-near-port-of-charleston

LA zoning proposal could reduce supply of trailer parking

Trailer parking near the ports of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach is notoriously constrained and it is likely to get worse. Hoping to gain customers who struggle with this issue, some real estate developers are taking a new approach. 

Finding adequate facilities to park trucks and store shipping containers is difficult throughout the United States, but the Greater Los Angeles area poses an even greater challenge for the logistics sector.

The port complexes areclosed in with boundaries on all...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/la-zoning-proposal-could-reduce-supply-of-trailer-parking

Rerouting trucks and ships away from Baltimore: What early data shows

As the days add up after the March 26 collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, companies that gather data from trucks and supply chains are beginning to get an idea of where trucks are rerouting in the catastrophe’s wake. Data on ship rerouting is less conclusive.

While some of that data is clear, a lot remains murky as shippers and carriers figure out how to loosen the logistical choke points the collapse created.

One of the clearest data series in the market, because it is fed by decisions...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/rerouting-trucks-and-ships-away-from-baltimore-what-early-data-shows

Baltimore gets FMCSA waiver, timeline for first reopening is suggested

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a waiver for trucking impacted by the collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Maryland. Meanwhile, the outlines of a possible return to at least partial service at the port of Baltimore has been sketched out by the state’s Department of Transportation. 

The FMCSA issued the waiver late Thursday night. Most prominent among the changes is adding two hours to the allowed hours of daily driving under the 14-hour on-duty limit. That...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/baltimore-gets-fmcsa-waiver-timeline-for-first-reopening-is-suggested

California gets another pot of money for ZEV trucks, courtesy of Volkswagen

More than $109 million of California’s share of the money for cleaner vehicles funded by the giant settlement in the Volkswagen diesel scandal will be used to buy, among other things, zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) for drayage.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) announced earlier this month that it was releasing about $109.3 million for two categories of cleaner-energy vehicle purchases. The first is for “combustion freight and marine projects,” which comprises a wide range...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/california-gets-another-pot-of-money-for-zev-trucks-courtesy-of-volkswagen

IMC Logistics acquires California carrier American Pacific Transportation

Memphis, Tennessee-based intermodal logistics provider IMC Logistics has acquired American Pacific Transportation, boosting the company’s drayage truck capacity across California.

“As a result of this acquisition, we will have more than 500 trucks in California, signifying our commitment to our customers in this region,” Joel Henry, IMC’s CEO, said in a news release.

American Pacific Transportation has locations in Calexico, Chino, Commerce, San Diego and Lompoc, California. The carrier has...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/imc-logistics-acquires-california-carrier-american-pacific-transportation

ACF spurs small gain in zero-emission drayage trucks at Port of Long Beach

Even with regulators shelving California’s Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) rule for at least a few months, the first data released by the Port of Long Beach suggests how the drayage industry was getting ready for its launch at the start of this year.

How the data is interpreted is a classic case of whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

When the ACF was expected to kick in Jan. 1, with its biggest impact hitting first in the drayage sector, the most significant rule was that no new vehicles...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/acf-spurs-small-gain-in-zero-emission-drayage-trucks-at-port-of-long-beach

Diesel distancing propels alternative fuel options

Renewable natural gas, battery-electric and hydrogen-powered trucks all target fleets switching from diesel ahead of coming regulations requiring costly additional emissions after-treatment. Which alternative will win? Possibly all of them.

Vouchers make first Nikola fuel cell trucks ‘cheaper than a diesel’

Back in 2018, Anheuser-Busch placed an initial order for up to 800 Nikola fuel cell trucks. Ever so slowly, that is becoming a reality.

After numerous missteps and setbacks, Nikola produced 42...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/diesel-distancing-propels-alternative-fuel-options

Fastfrate Group renews CPKC deal connecting US, Canada and Mexico

Fastfrate Group and CPKC railway announced Tuesday the renewal and expansion of their agreement that provides intermodal and drayage services across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

The five-year agreement aims to improve and speed up North America’s supply chain, while tapping into growing cross-border trade among the three countries, especially the automotive industry, Fastfrate officials said.

“The faster we can fix supply chains, the more activity that’s going to come,” Fastfrate Group Executive...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/fastfrate-group-renews-cpkc-deal-connecting-us-canada-and-mexico

FMC upholds ruling upending current chassis pool system

Long-standing practices for feeding chassis into intermodal markets have been dealt another blow in legal proceedings before the Federal Maritime Commission.

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the FMC upheld an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) ruling from just over a year ago that the current system of major oceangoing carriers designating exclusive chassis providers for port-to-port moves, also known as merchant hauling, violates federal law. 

The case was brought in 2020 by the Intermodal Motor Carriers...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/fmc-upholds-ruling-upending-current-chassis-pool-system

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