Category: Misc.

Playing SOLAS Chicken

Remember the SOLAS game of chicken I wrote about in April in the ‘The End is Near’ SOLAS article?  You didn’t read the article?  Really? Geez…okay, here is a link to it https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/end-near-yep-solas-coming-july-tom-o-malley?trk=prof-post for you.  Go read it now while the rest of us wait.  There will be a test so comprehension counts. Okay, let’s… Read More

The End is near! SOLAS is coming in July!

In case you just woke from a 12 year nap, SOLAS is an international treaty (Safety of Life at Sea) and has a new amendment going into effect 01July2016 requiring shippers to have a system to VGM (verify gross mass).  Maritime operators are sick of the safety risk of handling over weight containers with misstated… Read More

Your Trucker Your Railroad

Timing is everything.  Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote an article stating full truckload rates would likely continue having downward pressure, in my opinion, for the rest of the year.  I also stated I thought the American Trucking Association (ATA) was off target stating a 7% tonnage increase for Fenurary2016.  The spike didn’t… Read More

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Businesses go bankrupt, it happens.  Truckers are business so yes they do go bankrupt.  If you are paying attention you are seeing more trucking companies go bankrupt now than last year at the same time.  The number of trucking companies that went bankrupt in the first quarter of 2015 was 85.  The number for the… Read More

Crude Jokes and Credit Lines

What should the federal government of the United States of America do when things get a little tight?  I guess they could reduce overall spending.  That’s what many Americans have done as a result of uncertain and challenging times.  Belt tightening has been the ‘go to’ in tough times since belts were invented. Since the… Read More

Business to Business Shaming?

If you work in the transportation industry you know things don’t slow down, freight does not wait for a committee meeting, most decisions are made in real time as situations develop, and the pace is faster than many other industries. Conversely, if you are familiar with the normal insurance industry you know things move dreadfully… Read More

When is a port not a port?

It was quite some time ago I was at a social mixer meeting of the minds here in Jacksonville.  The focus of the discussion was inland ports which was what the bright people in the room knew was needed for the future.  There was ample talk of the growth of JAXPORT that was to come… Read More