Summer of discontent for port drivers

Welcome to the WHAT THE TRUCK?!? newsletter. In this issue, port protests hit Baltimore; Ford’s drone trucks; the largest container ship in the world; and do delivery apps deliver to trucks?

Drivers go to ports to take a stand against low pay, delays and regulations


Growing pains – 2022 was the year of the truckers’ protest, starting with the Freedom Convoy in Canada, a laughable recreation in the United States with the People’s Convoy, and then the most recent protests in August against AB5 in the ports of LA/ Long Beach and Oakland. On Wednesday, drivers serving the Port of Baltimore took to the streets to make their voices heard. The Frederick News Post reports: “[They’re protesting] continuous pick-up delays, which are deliberately ignored by port management to save money. »

“Ports America Chesapeake and the Maryland Port Authority remain focused on meeting current and future cargo demands at the Seagirt Marine Terminal. We made significant progress on our infrastructure projects to improve efficiency, capacity and turnaround times at the Seagirt Marine Terminal. — Baltimore Harbor Memo

The port says — Business is booming at the Port of Baltimore, but for truckers who don’t get paid for the first two hours of waiting, that might not be a good thing. More congestion means longer waits, but that’s not all bad news. In fact, Maryland has made a historic investment in its port infrastructure. The fruits of these efforts are also beginning to appear. Ports America Chesapeake and the Maryland Port Authority worked to improve ship berths and update their digital rendezvous system this summer. In the fall, they plan to add new arrival lanes on the Broening Highway that promise to increase the number of lanes by 40%. A new gate on Vail Street will open in late fall, increasing capacity by 50%.


“We are the only ones who are asked to work for free. It is management. — John Richardson-Allaire, owner of Turnpike LLC, at Frederick’s News Post

A common complaint “It’s not just the Port of Baltimore where drivers feel this. A movement of port truckers in New York/New Jersey argued that port drivers should be paid for all hours worked. Billy Randel, a 30-year trucking veteran, is the chief organizer of the Truckers’ Movement for Justice and the protest at the Port of Baltimore. He was also this week’s guest on the Back The Truck Up podcast.

And then ? “Although the protest at the Port of Baltimore is scheduled to continue today, it may not have much impact. Only a dozen drivers participated on Wednesday. Although there were many horns in support, the cargo continued to sink. Ironically, one of the protesters said, “I have never seen so many trucks coming in and out of this port so fast. But, with low rates, high inflation, and the same problems existing at ports across America, it may only be a matter of time before the next protest hits.

Turn your truck into a delivery mothership


Drone FreightTech on the last mile is asking everyone to crack the code for sustainable, low-cost delivery that can also incorporate drones. Big problem though: range. How to cure it ? Ford has filed a patent that would turn delivery trucks into drone deployment stations. According to Supply Chain Dive, “using this system, a drone can return to its original vehicle after delivery, or fly to another vehicle or fixed docking station if necessary.” In fact, that’s what makes this patent unique from the solutions being considered by Amazon and Walmart.

DroneDJ says, “At its most basic level, the program would extend fixed-location storage and logistics facilities to mobile platforms (i.e. trucks), to and from which UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] would fly back and forth to customers’ homes. »

Will food delivery apps deliver to your truck?


Good news – Stuck in detention, you have a long layover in a construction site or you can not get to the nearest grocery store? You’re lucky. A number of Redditors pointed out that they had luck with DoorDash and Instacart bringing orders directly to drivers’ trucks. Ethereal Keeper says, “Used Instacart for Aldi in Cartersville last weekend, highly recommended.” TrucknGawd agrees, “I’ve used instacart a few times and they’ve never had a problem delivering to the truck.” Majentapink13 recommends that you “leave specific delivery instructions, but don’t depend on people reading them. Call or message the delivery people to check things out. When possible, I have better luck using the hotel address near the truck stop parking lot and walking to pick it up. When it comes to all the shipping costs, these apps add up…can’t help you there.

Move over Ever Alot, there’s a new queen of tall ships


It’s not the moon — The MSC Tessa has just hit the water from its dock at the Jiangnan Changxing shipyard in Shanghai. This hulking beast boasts 24,116 TEUs, making it the largest container ship in the world. Has anyone checked out Rachel Premack?


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Supply Chain Boost Crack — Retail inventory overflow, overflowing warehouses and shifts in consumer spending. Friday LIVE on WTT Mr. Supply Chain Daniel Stanton comes on the show to talk about the other end of the supply chain.

The second biggest cost of operating a truck is fuel (especially this year!) Chris Jones, Executive Vice President of Industry and Services at Descartes, explains how technology is helping to reduce this financial burden for carriers.

Wars are won through logistics, so it’s no surprise that this industry is a welcoming home for veterans. However, how can we better support our soldiers when they enter civilian life? Ivan Hernandez, owner of Vets2Trucking, explains how he helps bring vets into the cabin.

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