US, Canadian pilots unions clash over Cargojet and fatigue rules

Pilots flying a plane, cockpit view from behind looking out.

A union representing Canadian cargo pilots slammed a U.S. counterpart for criticism of employer Cargojet (TSX: CJT) over alleged efforts to undermine stricter duty-time regulations aimed at reducing fatigue, saying the remarks constitute interference in ongoing bargaining and a self-serving attempt to peel away its members.

The Air Line Pilots Association on Friday sent letters to the management of Cargojet and Unifor, Canada’s large private sector union, challenging them to stop what it claimed...

Ransomware gang blamed for Colonial Pipeline attack expresses regret

Storage tanks from the Colonial Pipeline system

The FBI said on Monday that the DarkSide ransomware gang was responsible for the cyberattack that led to the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline.

The FBI shed any new light on its investigation into the attack, saying in a statement, “We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation.”

It came after the hacking group itself issued a statement suggesting that the cybercriminals may be feeling a tinge of regret over the massive disruption to the U.S. gas and diesel...

Sea trial completed for hospital ship Global Mercy

Sea trial completed for hospital ship Global Mercy
The “Global Mercy” during the sea trial

Stena RoRo is leading the project for the construction of the Global Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. After several years of construction at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard in northern China, the final test, the official sea trial, has now been completed with good results. The shipyard will present the ship for delivery this summer and the vessel will then sail to Antwerp in Belgium on its...

Colonial Pipeline pointing to week’s end for resumption of operations

Colonial Pipeline, which carries fuel from the Gulf Coast region to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, is now targeted to be back online by the end of the week.

In a statement released midday Monday, the company, which shut the line following a cyberattack, said it had a goal of “substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week.” The statement was conditional, noting that the process required “diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time.”

“This plan is based on a...

FreightWaves Classics: Interstate 5 runs from Mexico to Canada (Part 2 – Oregon and Washington)

Traffic on I-5 in Oregon. (Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation)

In Part 1 of this article, the California portion of Interstate 5 was the focus. This article focuses on I-5 in the states of Oregon and Washington.


There are 70 primary interstate highways in the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, or IHS) is a network of freeways in the United States. The oldest parts of the interstate system date back to the 1950s, and the planning for the system began prior to...

Plus scores SPAC deal as Wall Street sizes up TuSimple prospects

Self-driving truck software developer Plus signed a definitive agreement Monday to merge with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Hennessey Capital V in a deal expected to bring $500 million in cash and a $3.3 billion valuation to Plus in Q3.

Hennessey is a veteran creator of shell companies funded by “blank check” investors seeking to profit from merging with a startup or early-stage company. Hennessey sponsored the public debuts of flatbed logistics company Daseke Inc. (NASDAQ: DSKE) in...

Allstates WorldCargo acquires GFE to expand customer footprint

Allstates WorldCargo, a global supply chain solutions company founded in 1961, recently announced it has acquired Ground Freight Expeditors (GFE), a freight forwarding company founded in 1999 by Paris Brothers, a specialty foods company.

In 2020, Clarendon Capital invested in Allstates WorldCargo to accelerate its transportation footprint and enhance its service offerings through strategic growth and acquisitions, including that of GFE.

In an interview with FreightWaves, Kendra Tanner, president...

Vendoo magic: Platform puts multiple marketplaces at resellers’ fingertips

The reseller’s market has boomed in recent years, powered by the ease of use for platforms such as eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), The Real Real (NASDAQ: REAL) and Poshmark (NASDAQ: POSH) among others. A 2020 report on the market by ThreadUp and Global Data predicts the resale apparel markets alone will top $64 billion by 2025 – up from $28 billion in 2020.

Resale is growing 25 times faster than retail overall, the companies found.

The problem sellers face with the resale market is that it is fragmented –...

New FMC Chairman calls for a review of US shipping law

Daniel Maffei, appointed chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), told industry figures last week that it is time for the US Government to review its shipping laws and regulations given the fundamental changes that the industry has seen since the 1980’s.

Speaking at a National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc., (NCBFAA) meeting last week, Maffei said that the major provisions of America’s shipping laws date back to 1984, while the Shipping Reform Act is almost...

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