Trucking Ports Dealing with Backed Up Lines

As the most booming time of the shipping season arrives, an increasing number of shipping containers arrive at ports. Currently, we’re seeing how the North American marine terminals handle the extra truck traffic. Last year the experience throughout the ports had many truck drivers waiting in long backed up lines and ultimately shippers faced delays in grabbing their freight.

This issue of long wait times for drivers was noticeably bad at the largest U.S. port operation, Los Angeles and Long Beach. At this location the waiting period for drivers hovered around the 90 minute mark or higher in the fourth quarter through February 2019. This information comes from the Harbor Trucking Association’s Truck Mobility Data powered by GeoStamp. As a reaction to these delayed pickup times, drivers would show up earlier at off-peak hours to grab containers. This approach, however, even created longer lines.

New System

In order to lessen the queues, the Los Angeles-Long Beach marine terminals revised their appointment schedule so that drivers could pick up both during the day and at night. This newly implemented system, called PierPass 2.0 appeared in November 2018. Now, up and running, the system, according to administrators offers plenty of capacity for drivers.

In fact, PierPass says that over a third of the available appointments for gathering shipments from the port have gone unclaimed. Consequently, that means cargo owners have plenty available times to pick up their containers.

For the available daytime slots, PierPass says that of the area’s 12 marine terminals, 64 percent of appointments were taken, while the remaining 36 percent went unused. Furthermore, evening shifts show plenty of capacity with around 45 percent of the potential appointments not being used.

John Cushing, president of PierPass, said “that the system has substantial capacity to handle additional growth and offers significant flexibility in appointment times.”

What do you all think? Can I system like this be a benefit at another port?

Manhunt Ends in Portland Neighborhood

PORTLAND, OR – A manhunt ended in the Lents neighborhood section of Portland late Saturday night around 11 p.m. The suspect ran away from police after he was pulled over for a traffic stop. He was armed with a gun.

The police concluded their search over the weekend, but the suspect remains under investigation by the authorities.

The manhunt began at Southeast 86th Avenue and Southeast Steele Street on Saturday night around 7 p.m. When police pulled over a car during a traffic stop, one man hopped out and fled the scene. An officer noticed that the suspect had been armed with a gun. So, police backup was called to the scene.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team, also known as SERT was called in to help with the search. So authorities set up a perimeter near Lents Park where police believed the suspect to be hiding. Because of this, residents in the Southeast Steele Street and Southeast Liebe Street neighborhood were told to stay inside their homes until the manhunt was over.

The active search ended about four hours after police issued the manhunt. Then, the perimeter was removed, and residents were told that they could resume their normal activities.  

Furthermore, a description for the suspect was quickly released. Officers stated that he is a black man weighing in around 150 pounds, with a height reaching 6-feet and 0 inches tall. The last time the suspect was seen, he was wearing light blue jeans and red shoes. He was also armed with a silver handgun.

Authorities ask that if anyone has any essential information that could be helpful to this case to please call the Portland police department at (503)-823-3333.