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November 3, 2014

Emissions Reductions Persist at Port of LA

Marine Line - The Port of Los Angeles continues to make strides in cutting pollution from ships, trucks, trains, cargo-handling equipment and harbor craft, according to the latest annual inventory of emissions from port-related mobile sources.

The Port’s 2013 Inventory of Air Emissions shows the Port has set new records with diesel particulate matter (DPM) down 80 percent, nitrogen oxides (NOx) down 57 percent and sulfur oxides (SOx) down 90 percent over eight years of aggressive clean air measures. The findings also reflect progress in curbing greenhouse gases (GHG), down 23 percent since the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) was adopted in 2006.

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October 3, 2014

Four Chassis Operators Agree to Form Pool at LA-Long Beach

Journal of Commerce - The four companies that control about 95 percent of the chassis at Los Angeles-Long Beach agreed on Thursday to develop a neutral, or gray chassis pool for the largest port complex in the Americas, with the phased rollout to begin on Feb. 1, 2015.

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October 27, 2014

LA-LB Container Ship Backups Worst in Two Years

Journal of Commerce - Eleven container ships were anchored off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Sunday, the most waiting at one time in San Pedro Bay in two years, as gridlock persisted at the largest container gateway in the Americas.

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New Drayage Trucks - at Half the Price (and the Pollution)? It's True?

Environmental Defense Fund - 

Calling all heavy-duty truck owners who work at the Port of Houston! Cold, hard cash is available for the purchase of new trucks that are more fuel-efficient and cleaner-burning, providing up to 80 percent of the cost of a new truck.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) will be hosting a Drayage Truck Event at the Port of Houston on Saturday, November 1, from 10:00am to 1:30pm, to share information about available grants and loans in order to help owners replace older, dirtier vehicles with new, cleaner ones (see how others have taken advantage of these opportunities in the past).

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October 25, 2014

Avoiding Port Gridlock Requires Advance Planning, 3PLs Say

Journal of Commerce - KANSAS CITY -- Importers and exporters can mitigate supply chain disruptions, such as the terrible congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach, but their planning must begin months in advance, attendees at the JOC Inland Distribution Conference were told Friday.

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October 24, 2014

Inland Ports Growing More Important in Shipper Supply Chains

Journal of Commerce - New U.S. inland port projects are being launched after consultations with supply chain participants, including importers and exporters, trucking companies and logistics providers. 

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October 23, 2014

US Appropriators Urged to Deliver on Port Funding

Journal of Commerce -  U.S. shippers, transportation groups and members of Congress. are intensifying pressure on Congressional appropriators to produce legislation that would send more money collected via the harbor maintenance tax back to ports as envisioned in landmark legislation signed earlier this year.

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October 21, 2014

Growing Container Volumes Add to Perfect Storm in LA-Long Beach

Journal of Commerce - Big ships, a trucker shortage and a broken chassis system are cited as reasons for the massive current congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Now add heavy volumes to the list of culprits.

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October 20, 2014

Harbor Trucking Association Warns LA-LB, Oakland of Legal Action

Journal of Commerce - The Harbor Trucking Association will explore the possibility of filing a class action lawsuit against the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland as congestion worsens at the California ports, the association announced today.

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October 16, 2014

ILWU Leader Calls for More Permanent Longshoremen

America Shipper - A leader in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Southern California said there is a need for more permanent longshoreman jobs and for around-the-clock operations in order to keep the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles competitive.    Speaking last night at a panel discussion about the challenges faced by ports in Southern California, Bobby Olvera, Jr., president of ILWU Local 13, said, “Our biggest threat is ourselves — it is the antiquated way we have been doing business in the twin ports.

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October 16, 2014

Frustration at LA-LB Delays Spills Over at TPM Asia Panel

Journal of Commerce - Frustration at delays at Los Angeles-Long Beach boiled over at the TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen on Thursday, with shippers showing exasperation at the weeks it can now take to liberate containers from the largest port complex in the Americas.

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October 16, 2014

No Consensus on How to Fix LA-Long Beach Ports

Journal of Commerce - Representatives of the port, shipper and labor communities agree that Los Angeles and Long Beach must reduce congestion and improve productivity at marine terminals, but they differ on how to reach those goals.

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October 16, 2014

Truckers, Shippers Protest Demurrage at Clogged US Ports

Journal of Commerce - Congestion at large U.S. ports is generating increased complaints by truckers and shippers about demurrage penalties for late pickup of containers that can’t be removed from gridlocked marine terminals.

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October 13, 2014

RoadOne Looks for Right Mix to Keep Drayage Drivers

Journal of Commerce - 

Like many over-the-road trucking operators, RoadOne Intermodal Logistics is looking for the right formula to attract more truck drivers and keep them. However, in the drayage business that formula quickly becomes pretty complex, said Ken Kellaway, president and CEO.

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October 6, 2014

Congestion Worsens at LA-LB Port Complex With No Relief In Sight

Journal of Commerce - Congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach grew worse over the weekend, with no relief in sight as late peak-season container volumes descend on the largest U.S. port complex.

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October 6, 2014

Ignore The Dray, and It Could Go Away

DC Velocity - Golfers live and die by their putters. A bad green game will waste all the good that came before it. So it goes with drayage, the job of hauling ocean containers between seaports, intermodal yards, and shippers' facilities. If the dray isn't properly executed, nothing else matters. Imports won't leave the terminals when they're supposed to. Exports won't get loaded aboard vessels in a timely manner. And mile-wide seams start to appear in an otherwise perfectly synchronized supply chain.

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October 3, 2014

LA-LB Volume Up 1 percent, ILWU Hours Up 20 Percent

Journal of Commerce - Longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach worked 20 percent more hours to handle a 1 percent year-over-year increase in container volume in August, illustrating the impact of port congestion on productivity.

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October 2, 2014

Inadequate Resources Blamed for Truck Congestion at Ports

American Shipper - The root cause of mounting congestion problems at major U.S. container ports can be traced to low ocean shipping rates that lead to poor service trickling down through the supply chain, according to transportation service and equipment providers at a Federal Maritime Commission field hearing Wednesday in Baltimore.    Cost-cutting and efficiency programs by ocean carriers; lack of adequate investment by terminals to meet demand; and a growing driver shortage of port shuttle drivers all stem in part from a deflationary container shipping market, said representatives from the trucking, chassis, ocean liner and port industries.

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October 1, 2014

NY-NJ port Moving Closer to ‘Gray’ Chassis Pool

Journal of Commerce - An industry group working to improve operations at the Port of New York and New Jersey appears to be moving closer to an agreement on how to implement a portwide pool of interchangeable “gray” chassis.

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L.A./Long Beach Terminals Seek to Speed Cargo

American Shipper -  PierPass Inc. has launched a new program called “Free-Flow,” which it says will significantly reduce the time it takes participating trucks to pick up containers at marine terminals in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.     “While Free-Flow isn’t a silver bullet to fix all congestion issues, we believe it can significantly benefit port users,” said Bruce Wargo, Pierpass president and chief executive officer.

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Container Lines Look to LNG to Fuel Big Ships

Journal of Commerce - Looming global requirements for low-sulfur fuel are prodding ocean carriers to consider liquefied natural gas to power container ships on long-haul international routes as well as regional feeder services.

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September 5, 2014

Researchers: Truck Wait Times at Los Angeles Ports Can be Helped

Land Line - For the past four years, veteran truck drivers have complained about increasing wait times for port calls at Los Angeles and Long Beach, among other major U.S. shipping facilities.

Though finger-pointing, protests and labor strikes have often divided blame for port problems, one researcher is using an unbaised approach aimed at lowering those wait times and improving overall effeciency: hard data.

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August 27, 2014

Pay Top Issue for US Truck Drivers, Survey Says

Journal of Commerce - A survey of 2,000 truck drivers by National Retail Systems showed that 79 percent listed pay as their top reason for deciding where to work. NRS said the survey highlights a quandary for motor carriers.

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August 18, 2014

Trucking Enters New Era of Supply Chain Connectivity

Journal of Commerce - As trucks travel interstate highways, onboard sensors are collecting, sending and receiving information, with the lion’s share going to and coming from a fleet management system. But as technology advances, the truck is being knit into a broader, more open network.

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August 13, 2014

NY-NJ port performance teams begin work

Journal of Commerce - Work is starting on implementation of an industry task force’s recommendations on ways to improve performance at the Port of New York and New Jersey. 

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August 12, 2014

New Web App Targets Port Drivers' Empty Trips

Journal of Commerce - One of container shipping’s most glaring inefficiencies is the countless unproductive trips by truckers who deliver an import box to an inland destination but return to port with no backhaul. Rick Knapp thinks he has a solution.

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August 6, 2014

Project Will Test Powering Dray Trucks With Electricity

American Shipper - The demise of the network of electric trolley cars that once crisscrossed Los Angeles is an important and controversial chapter in the history of public transportation.    Now there is a new plan to use overhead caternary wires to power vehicles in the region — this time to reduce air pollution and use electricity to power drayage trucks as they move cargo in and out of the nation’s largest port complex. 

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July 26, 2014

Loud Complaints From NY-NJ Port Drivers at Forum

Journal of Commerce - Drayage drivers serving New York-New Jersey port terminals said at a weekend forum that they need quick action to reduce turn times that require them to sit in long queues for several hours a day without full compensation. 

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May 23, 2014

Tech-Savvy Truckers Search Big Data for Drivers

Journal of Commerce - Trucking companies are turning to technology to recruit, train and keep truck drivers, as qualified job candidates become increasingly hard to find.

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April 28, 2014

EPA grant will help replace older diesel trucks in port

Baltimor Sun - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Maryland Port Administration a $750,000 grant to extend the port of Baltimore's program to replace older, more polluting trucks with new ones, the port announced Monday.

Through the Dray Truck Replacement Program, the owners and operators of the diesel trucks that haul cargo in and out of the port can purchase newer, cleaner trucks that meet or exceed EPA emission standards.


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April 22, 2014

Lengthy Turn Times Drawing Complaints at Port of Oakland

Journal of Commerce - The Port of Oakland has come a long way from last summer, when harbor truckers disrupted the port through sporadic work stoppages protesting new clean-truck rules. But based on recent comments from truckers it still has plenty of work to do to improve turn times in the harbor. 

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April 9, 2014

EPA Awards $4.2 Million for Clean Diesel Port Projects

Transport Topics - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it will award $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six ports.

The grants, part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, will fund projects such as replacing older heavy-duty drayage trucks with trucks powered by 2010 or newer certified engines, retrofitting cargo handling equipment with diesel particulate filters and supplying shoreside power to ocean going vessels. 

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April 9, 2014

Declining Market Share Prompts LA-LB Merger Proposal

Journal of Commerce - The Los Angeles 2020 Commission today urged the rival, adjacent ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to merge, citing a drop in market share by the busiest port complex in the U.S.

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April 9, 2014

EPA to Develop New Program for Recognizing Ports That Reduce Environmental Impact

Bloomberg News -- The Environmental Protection Agency plans to develop a new program to recognize ports for their sustainability efforts, which could ultimately influence multinational corporations' shipping decisions.

The program could be similar to the agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership, which encourages trucking companies, rail carriers and others to move goods in a clean and efficient way. Companies that commit to reduce transportation-related emissions can use the SmartWay logo.

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Drayage Crisis 2014

Journal of Commerce - The fallout from the winter’s freeze and chain of storms underscores the systemic problems in North America’s port drayage infrastructure.

Congestion and delays at some of the largest North American ports — New York-New Jersey and Virginia on the East Coast and Los Angeles-Long Beach in the West — were percolating even before frustration among drayage drivers boiled over at Port Metro Vancouver in late February and March in the form of a walkout by union and non-union truckers

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April 2, 2014

Congestion Threatens Growth of Southern California Ports, Trucking Leader Warns

Journal of Commerce - Long truck lines and excessive delays at marine terminal threaten present and future growth at the Southern California ports, a trucking association official said today at the annual Pulse of the Ports meeting in Long Beach. 

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March 31, 2014

What's Needed to Ease Drayage Gridlock? Cooperation

Journal of Commerce - With the spring retail season at hand, the U.S. economy showing signs of accelerating and the import peak season six months away, there’s growing concern that shippers and their supply chains will feel the impact unless systemic problems with how containers flow from ships through ports to inland destinations are addressed.

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March 17, 2014

Fixing Port Drayage

Journal of Commerce - From New York to Norfolk, Va., and Los Angeles-Long Beach to Vancouver, British Columbia, port congestion that spills out into the real world in the form of truck lines, pollution, supply chain delays and occasional violence is a rapidly escalating problem affecting foreign trade. The problem defies conventional explanations – rapid containerized trade growth is no longer the case – and conventional solutions such as building new terminals, which take years and don’t address the immediate challenges of congestion that confront ports, customers and local communities.

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March 18, 2014

Supply Chain Sustainability Expands to Bottom Line

Journal of Commerce - The definition of “supply chain sustainability” has morphed significantly since it came into use 10 or 15 years ago.

Then, people thought first about enacting specific “green practices,” said Kevin F. Smith, president and CEO of Sustainable Supply Chain Consulting and the former supply chain head at CVS Caremark. “They thought, ‘Let’s go out and get the latest version of whatever the engine of the day is for our trucks.’ The diesel engine hasn’t changed since 1892; but what has changed is the way you filter out carbon emissions on the back end – and maybe some of the materials are a bit more efficient.”

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March 13, 2014

Reduced Electric Rates Help the Port Improve Air Quality

Port of Longbeach - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today approved reduced electric rates at the Port of Long Beach for the next 24 years and a program for Southern California Edison to install major electric infrastructure at no cost to the Port or its tenants, so that the Port and its tenants can proceed with critical electrification and environmental improvement projects.

The new rates and electric infrastructure are the result of an intensive effort by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, its Harbor Department staff and City Attorney Charles Parkin, in coordination with Mayor Bob Foster, to win support for electrifying more Port operations to improve air quality and increase productivity.

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March 6, 2014

US Terminal Congestion Needs Collaborative Solution

Journal of Commerce - Ongoing congestion problems at container terminals across the U.S. are creating a collective nightmare for ports, drayage companies and shippers, costing as much as $350 million a year, speakers said at the 14th annual TPM conference here.

With signs that the problems are systemic rather than temporary, there is plenty of finger-pointing about who should be responsible for remedying the situation in the long-term. Any solution will require real collaboration among all parties in the supply chain, they said.

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March 6, 2014

Lowe's Assures Chassis Availability With Dedicated Fleet

Journal of Commerce - The home-improvement retailer Lowe’s is reducing its equipment costs and avoiding the chassis shortages that are plaguing cargo interests at a number of U.S. ports by leasing a dedicated fleet of chassis in its South Atlantic operations.

The chassis model that was discussed yesterday at the JOC’s TPM conference assures Lowe’s of chassis availability at a cost savings compared to leasing equipment from general-user chassis pools.

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February 25, 2014

California Government Sector Urged to Promote Port Growth

Journal of Commerce - The vice president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association called upon California’s political leadership to help return the ports to a “virtuous cycle” in which growing cargo volumes generate the revenue needed to build infrastructure and pay for environmental improvements.

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February 21, 2014

NY-NJ Truckers Impose Congestion Charges

Journal of Commerce - Some port drayage companies in the Port of New York and New Jersey have begun imposing congestion surcharges following weeks of delays at container terminals.

Several motor carriers told the JOC that market conditions don’t permit them to impose surcharges. But some said they are considering added charges, and that this winter’s crisis at the port has left them little choice.

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February 19, 2014

Virginia Creates Port Truck Task Force

Journal of Commerce - The Port of Virginia is forming an industry task force to find solutions to problems that have caused delays at Hampton Roads container terminals during recent weeks.

One of the first items on the Motor Carrier Task Force’s agenda will be implementation of the port’s planned appointment system for drayage drivers at terminals.

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February 19, 2014

Retailers Urge Action on NY-NJ Port Delays

 Journal of Commerce - The Retail Industry Leaders Association urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to take immediate steps to ease delays and clear backlogs that are playing havoc with supply chains.

“The disruptions that have been taking place at the port have had damaging consequences on the delivery of retailers’ goods,” Kelly Kolb, RILA vice president, government affairs, said in a letter to the port authority’s top executives.

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February 12, 2014

Port to Test New Clean-air System for Ships

The Port of Long Beach - The Port of Long Beach will fund testing of a new air pollution-control technology for docked cargo ships, thanks to an agreement approved Monday by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Under the pact, the Port would rely upon regional air quality authorities to oversee a demonstration project to thoroughly assess both the safety and the pollution-reducing effectiveness of a mobile, barge-mounted emissions control system to capture and treat ships’ smokestack emissions.

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February 5, 2014

SC Ports Authority Named "Spare the Air" Award Recipient

South Carolina Ports - South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control recently honored the SC Ports Authority with the "Spare the Air" Award for its emissions reductions efforts, the Port announced today.

Established in 2008, the award recognizes the leadership and voluntary commitment of companies, governments and other entities for promoting and demonstrating air quality improvements.

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January 24, 2014

GPA recognized for superior environmental efforts

The Georgia Ports Authority- The Georgia Ports Authority has won recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency as a leader in reducing carbon emissions.

The Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC), a public-private partnership formed by the U.S. EPA Region 4 office, named the GPA as a Community Leadership Award winner.

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January 21, 2014

New Study Details Cleaner Ways to Move Cargo

Press-Telegram - From building on-dock rail to making electric rail lines, there are several cleaner ways to move goods throughout the state and curb the impact of pollution-spewing diesel trucks, according to a new study commissioned by the California Cleaner Freight Coalition.

The study, titled Moving California Forward: Zero and Low-Emissions Freight Pathways, details some eco-friendly alternatives to using diesel trucks that are a significant cause of diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

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January 15, 2014

US Omnibus Bill Could Help Shippers Move Cargo Faster

The Journal of Commerce - Shippers could see faster cargo clearance at U.S. ports of entry and enjoy better access to the nation’s seaports after Congress passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill this week.

The Senate passed the bill 72-26 on Thursday and sent it to President Obama for signing. The House passed the bill 359-67 the day before.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s fiscal 2014 budget will increase by $110.6 million to $10.6 billion from fiscal 2013 levels. The increased funding will allow the agency hire an additional 2,000 officers to man the nation’s busiest ports of entry. The targeted force of 23,775 CBP officers will be the largest in history for Customs. The busy border crossing between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico, will get $128 million for modernization if the spending deal is passed.

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January 7, 2014

Stringent California Environmental Regulations Take Effect for Vessels in Transit and at Berths

The Journal of Commerce - California’s ports on Jan. 1 became the first in the world to require that container lines operate their vessels from shore-side electrical power while at berth, and this potentially industry-changing event is proceeding without any major problems.

“It took a lot of hard work by everyone to get here,” said Rick Cameron, acting managing director of environmental affairs at the Port of Long Beach. Cameron was referring to the close working relationship that was established the past several years by the ports, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and the California Air Resources Board.

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January 7, 2014

US Ports Shift Focus to Operational Efficiency

Journal of Commerce - New bridges, marine terminals and channel deepening get the headlines, but the key to ports’ success may lie in more mundane details such as better information flow and reduced delays for trucks.

“The infrastructure doesn’t drive the return. It’s how well you use it,” said Thomas D. Perdue, president of Ports America Stevedoring. “We’re pretty confident on the infrastructure side. The question is how you improve the throughput.”

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December 19, 2013

Transitioning From Diesel

American Shipper - Transportation industry interest in liquefied natural gas to power cargo vessels, barges, trucks and railroads is growing rapidly in response to the high price of petroleum fuels and new environmental regulations aimed at curbing harmful emissions and greenhouse gases.

Companies in all surface transport sectors are studying and testing whether LNG is a viable option from a safety and operational standpoint, as well as whether it makes economic sense, and some have already committed to the alternative energy source to power a portion of their fleets.

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December 4, 2013

Port Operations Streamlined with Launch of Cutting-Edge Technology

Cambridge Systematics - Freight industry/public sector partnership expected to improve traffic and air quality, and boost the area’s competitive position as container volume doubles in the next 20 years.

The Freight Advanced Traveler Information Program (FRATIS) Demonstration Project, a private and public collaborative effort funded by the U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), will go live on Wednesday, December 11. It is expected to streamline area traffic, improve air quality, and ultimately boost the competitive position of The Port of Los Angeles and The Port of Long Beach in the world market. Its efficiency will be tested for the next six months.

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April 15, 2013

Port of Houston's Test Trucks Handle Like Golf Carts

Houston Chronicle - For decades, the image of the 18-wheeler has been that of a smoke-belching behemoth, the grinding gears and hissing brakes synonymous with the power of the diesel engine. But a 20-truck fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cells will begin rolling across the Port of Houston later this year in a test of whether the vehicles can improve air quality and still provide enough heavy lifting to handle cargo.

In the largest demonstration project of its kind, the electric fleet will unload containers from ships and deliver them to a Wal-Mart warehouse.

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April 11, 2013

VPA's Sustainability Programs Earns Gold Medal

The Port of Virginia - The overall environmental and sustainability program that governs all of the cargo terminals owned, leased and operated by the Virginia Port Authority has won a gold medal in this year's Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards.

The VPA's award is for excellence in its sustainability program. The award recognizes organizations or facilities that can document the success of their sustainability program by providing evidence of 1) a culture of environmental sustainability; 2) recent accomplishments related to reducing their environmental footprint; and 3) a commitment to future sustainability-oriented actions.

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April 8, 2013

Air Quality Report Shows Improvement in Equipment, Truck Emissions

South Carolina Ports - Newer, cleaner engines and cleaner fuels have helped reduce total pollutants from port equipment and trucks, according to an air emissions inventory commissioned by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). The inventory, which measured all port-related emissions in the tri-county region during the year 2011, is a follow-up to the port's first-in-the-region baseline study that quantified 2005 levels.

"Our voluntary air quality commitments include tracking and sharing progress over time," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the SCPA. "More recent efforts, including new international fuel standards as well as efforts by the maritime community mean that our air quality continues to show improvement."

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April 8, 2013

Harmonizing Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles Could Boost Global Emissions Savings -- Report

Environmental & Energy Daily - Passenger cars have stolen the spotlight when it comes to getting impressive fuel economy, but heavy-duty vehicles around the world are also trucking toward better fuel efficiency spurred by a new set of standards.

The U.S. government completed its first-ever heavy-duty greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards in 2011. The program, which applies to tractor-trailers, large vans and vocational vehicles such as buses and dump trucks, begins in 2014, with increasing stringency through 2018.

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March 7, 2013

2013 Retail Sustainability Report Showcases Retail Sustainability Trends

RILA - The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), has released its second Retail Sustainability Report today in sponsorship with Ernst & Young, an organization that is well recognized for its sustainability leadership. The 2013 report highlights progress towards the industry’s evolving sustainability objectives and identifies a class of top-performing characteristics.

The 2013 Retail Sustainability Report provides a snapshot of activities and trends across RILA’s membership, portraying a detailed view of the industry’s adoption of sustainability programs. Those programs achieve a wide range of benefits from improved customer loyalty to decreased costs to more resilient supply chains. The report’s data was drawn from responses to a survey completed by RILA member companies. The survey’s respondents collectively represent more than 65,000 locations and $1 trillion in global revenue.

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March 4, 2013

Zero Emission Technology Coming To Houston

CRT Press Release - The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) $3.4 million to demonstrate a new zero emission engine technology project for heavy duty trucks that will operate at the Port of Houston. The project represents the largest demonstration of heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell electric hybrid trucks (i.e. trucks that carry containers) to date. This innovative demonstration project was developed through a collaborative process with committed stakeholders that included HGAC, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Vision Industries Corporation, Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), and Air Products.

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March 4, 2013

Gina McCarthy Gets EPA Head Nomination From Obama

Huffington Post - President Barack Obama officially nominated Gina McCarthy to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday. McCarthy, if confirmed, would replace Lisa Jackson, who announced at the end of December that she would be stepping down.

McCarthy previously served as the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. The office develops policies and regulations for limiting air pollution and radiation exposure.

Click here to read about Administrator Gina McCarthy's press conference with CRT announcing the launch of the US EPA SmartWay Drayage Partnership

January 24, 2013

RILA Releases Sustainable Product Transportation Brief

RILA -  The Retail Industry Leaders Association released a report outlining the breadth of retail strategies used to reduce the environmental impact of product transportation. The two-page white paper was developed from a recent survey of RILA members, and describes how retailers are implementing sustainable transportation programs in their business operations.

A variety of collaborations have developed to help retailers address the environmental impacts of transportation. Working with these organizations provides retailers with additional resources and education. Key partnerships include the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, which works with its private sector members ³in partnership with America's ports to establish clean action plans to develop and implement industry-supported clean truck programs that are both environmentally and economically sustainable.

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December 19, 2013

Harbor Trucking Association Launches LA-LB Truck Mobility Report

Journal of Commerce - The Harbor Trucking Association of Southern California will soon release on its website an ongoing truck mobility project that should provide value to terminal operators and beneficial cargo owners seeking to improve gate productivity in Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Each month, the Truck Mobility Data project will list the actual turn times experienced by more than 1,500 trucks at the 13 container terminals in the port complex. The information will be aggregated for the harbor as a whole, and will be detailed for each of the container terminals as well.

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January 10, 2013

American Shipper: Jaxport Joins CRT to Address Truck Emissions

American Shipper - A group of shippers is partnering with the Port of Jacksonville in a voluntary initiative to reduce air pollution caused by shuttle trucks serving the Florida port and their warehouses.

The Jacksonville Port Authority said Monday it has joined the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), representing cargo owners, trucking companies, ocean carriers and partners such as the Environmental Defense Fund and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The CRT, building on its expertise implementing market-based approaches to emission-reduction in other cities, will help Jaxport this year develop a replacement program for older trucks, Coalition Executive Director James Jack, said in an interview.

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October 24, 2012

United States Environmental Protection Agency Honors Coalition for Responsible Transportation Members

CRT Press Release - The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) today announced that three of its members, BestBuy, HP and Lowe’s, were honored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as recipients of the 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award.

SmartWay is the U.S. EPA’S flagship program for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution from the transportation supply chain industry. EPA’s SmartWay Excellence Awards recognize high performers that are leading the freight industry to a clean, efficient and more sustainable future.  The awards honor SmartWay partners that are helping set efficiency benchmarks for how shippers and their carriers are moving products and goods in the North American freight sector.

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September 1, 2012

Shippers Leading Initiative for Cleaner Drayage Trucks

AAPA Seaports Magazine - As members of the maritime community know, it is tough to have a conversation about environmental sustainability at ports these days without the topic of drayage trucks coming up.

Though just one of many sources of diesel pollution at ports, drayage trucks have, in recent years, become a focal point for residents of port communities, environmental groups and regulators.

But, perhaps more importantly, the most intense pressure to move to cleaner, lower-polluting equipment is coming from the shipping industry itself.

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August 10, 2012

Coalition for Responsible Transportation Honors TOTE’s Groundbreaking Move to Convert its Ships to Alternative Fuels

CRT Press Release - The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) today commended one of its members, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), for becoming the first container shipping line to announce that it is converting its ORCA class vessels to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as their primary fuel source. The conversion will advance the use of alternative fuels technology in container shipping and accelerate the use of natural gas as a cleaner domestic energy source.

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April 17, 2012

Port of Charleston Increases Incentive for Truck Replacement

South Carolina Ports Authority - The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) is encouraging local truck owners to replace their older trucks with newer, cleaner rigs and is doubling the financial incentive for their participation. Eligible truck owners can now get a $10,000 incentive, plus the scrap value of their pre-1994 truck, to use toward the purchase of a 2004 or newer model.

There also will be a mobile office set up at the port's Wando Welch Terminal each week to make it even easier for truckers to learn more about the benefits of upgrading their rigs, such as improved fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs and decreased air emissions.

Seaport Truck Air Cleanup Southeast, or STACS, is a voluntary truck replacement program launched last fall that provides truck owners who are frequent port users a financial incentive to replace pre-1994 model trucks with 2004 or newer models.

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March 19, 2012

Major Retailers Call for Greater Carbon Footprint Transparency from Transport Sector

Carbon Positive - Some of the largest retail companies worldwide are turning the focus of their corporate sustainability responsibilities to the logistics sector of their supply chains.

During a presentation to the Globe 2012 conference, entitled Supply Chains in the 21st Century: Transparency, Standards & Responsible Souring, Bob Willard, author of The Sustainability Advantage told delegates: "Transportation is the 'eye of the storm' as it touches on all things, including the reduction in carbon, risk and managing reputation."

Large corporations such as Walmart are joining industry bodies such as the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), an initiative aimed at addressing environmental issues caused by the shipping and trucking industries.

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February 21, 2012

Clean Trucks Now Haul All Containers at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Port of Los Angeles -  Every local short-haul drayage truck calling at America's busiest port now meets the strictest clean air and safety standards of any major port in the world.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have reached the final milestone of their Clean Truck Program, an unprecedented initiative that has slashed diesel particulate emissions from trucks serving the Port by 89 percent since 2005.

Studies comparing overall emissions for 2010 with those of 2005 show a 92 percent reduction of sulfur oxides, an 89 percent of diesel particulate matter, and a 77 percent reduction of nitrogen oxides – the primary pollutants associated with smog and unhealthy air.

February 20, 2012

Driving Away Dirty Drayage

American Shipper - A growing number of ports, following in the footsteps of Los Angeles and Long Beach, have developed voluntary programs to replace older drayage trucks as part of broader efforts to minimize the impact of their operations on local air quality.

Several port authorities and states have provided incentives, supported with grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, designed to leverage private sector investment in late-­‐model trucks.

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January 26, 2012

First of its kind report highlights retail sustainability leadership and innovation

RILA - The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has released the first ever industry-wide Retail Sustainability Report today. The 2012 report highlights sustainability leadership in the retail industry and discusses retail’s environmental, social, and community impacts – those impacts within a company’s four walls, in the products they sell, and in the broader communities they touch.

“As one of the leading industries to embrace sustainability, it is becoming a core consideration for the retail industry,” said Adam Siegel, RILA vice president of sustainability and retail operations. “Retailers are working to incorporate sustainability into their strategy, operations, workforce engagement, and connection to consumers and communities."

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November 15, 2011

Clean-air Program Offers Cash to Get Old Trucks Off the Road

USA Today - A program implemented this year by South Carolina Ports Authority, in conjunction with the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control and with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency, makes it feasible for independent operators to scrap old trucks for newer ones that not only produce significantly less toxic emissions but also gets a couple of more miles to the gallon. The EPA's new SmartWay initiative, which provides much of the funding for these programs, focuses on trucks that make short hauls from ports to distribution centers and railheads, because many of them are older and dirtier than most trucks used on long trips.

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July 4, 2011

SMARTways

The Journal of Commerce -The Environmental Protection Agency last week announced an important extension of its SmartWay Transport Partnership to include drayage trucking and included in the plan the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and the Environmental Defense Fund. Those groups bring under the SmartWay umbrella big shippers including Lowe’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Hewlett-Packard, J.C. Penney and Nike.

Those shippers will commit to using cleaner trucks to haul at least 75 percent of their port freight while trucking companies will agree to reduce particulate matter emissions 50 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions 25 percent below the industry averages over the next three years.

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June 28, 2011

Groups Launch National EPA SmartWay Drayage Program

CRT Press Release - The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the launch of the EPA SmartWay Drayage Program, a new goods movement initiative designed to clean up the air in and around our nation’s ports.  The announcement came at a press conference held earlier today at the Port of Charleston, S.C..

The new SmartWay Drayage Program builds a partnership between a numerous goods movement stakeholders including major national retailers, trucking companies, port communities, environmental groups and the U.S. EPA to solve a critical health and environmental challenge: how to reduce harmful air emissions from port drayage trucks.

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June 26, 2011

Funding SmartWay a Smart Move

Politico - The Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program is set to announce a new initiative Tuesday designed to reduce air pollution, improve local and community health and increase sustainability for all the trucks at our nation's ports. This initiative is a significant step forward in addressing emissions from port trucks, which are responsible for as much as one-third of all emissions generated at ports. Since an estimated 87 million Americans live near port areas, this program is expected to help achieve significant public health goals - including reductions in particulate matter and smog-forming pollution.

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June 26, 2011

Funding SmartWay a smart move

Politico - The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program is set to announce a new initiative Tuesday designed to reduce air pollution, improve local and community health and increase sustainability for all the trucks at our nation’s ports.

This initiative is a significant step forward in addressing emissions from port trucks, which are responsible for as much as one-third of all emissions generated at ports. Since an estimated 87 million Americans live near port areas, this program is expected to help achieve significant public health goals — including reductions in particulate matter and smog-forming pollution.


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February 23, 2011

Shipping Industry Leaders Announce Clean Air Partnerships With Top U.S. Ports

CRT Press Release - The Coalition for Responsible Transportation announced today that three of the nation's largest ports - The Georgia Port Authority, the South Carolina State Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority - have joined CRT as Charter Port Members. This announcement marks the first time that CRT's membership has expanded to include public sector representatives, and will allow CRT to serve as a forum for ports around the country to collaborate with leading cargo owners, trucking comapnies ocean carriers and CRT's partner organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund and the Retail Industry Leaders Association to identify and implement best practices to reduce port-related diesel emissions.

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January 31, 2011

Breathing Easier, Nationally

The Journal of Commerce - There's no dispute that the program a Southern California's Ports has worked remarkably well, achieving initial goals for emissions reduction two years ahead of schedule. Importers that endorsed the effort several years ago are convinced they played an important part of that success The shippers, many of them retailers importing merchandise, defied conventional wisdom in 2007 when they form the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and announced support for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Clean Air Action Plan and its clean-trucks component.

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January 31, 2011

Breathing Easier, Nationally

International Maritime - There’s been no shortage of argument and legal battling over the clean-trucks programs at Southern California’s ports, but there’s no dispute that the program has worked remarkably well, achieving initial goals for emissions reductions two years ahead of schedule. Importers that endorsed the effort several years ago are convinced they played an important part in that success.

The shippers, many of them retailers importing merchandise from Asia, defied conventional wisdom in 2007 when they formed the Coalition for Responsible Trans- portation and announced support for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Clean Air Action Plan and its clean-trucks component. The group has since expanded its program to Oakland, Seattle-Tacoma and New York-New Jersey and is looking to broaden the effort.

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December 17, 2010

South Carolina Completes Truck Survey

South Carolina State Ports Authority - Continuing its efforts to reduce port-related air emissions, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) has completed the first truck survey in the Southeast and is collaborating on a regional program aimed at helping truck owners replace the oldest trucks. To reduce emissions and assist truck drivers in replacing their pre-1994 trucks, the SCPA is collaborating with CRT and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on a program that would cover ports across the region.