May 27th, 2011
Peel Ports has welcomed a new weekly feeder service that will see the Port of Liverpool included in X-Press Container Line’s UK and Ireland network. The new service will offer importers and exporters from northern Britain additional connections to deep sea vessels from around the globe. Royal Sea forth Container Terminal service will be incorporated into the existing SIX services at the Suffolk-based shipping line company, with sailings every Tuesday from Southampton, arriving in Liverpool on Thursday. The vessel will then continue to Greenock on Fridays and Belfast on Saturdays. The first call on this new service is the MV India,
The new service will carry cargo on behalf of a number of deep-sea lines that currently operate global services through Southampton. We know there is significant demand for additional services into northern Britain via Liverpool, as water competes with road and rail on both cost and carbon measures. We then create additional benefits for supply chains through a wide range of value added services at the port including rapid truck turn-around time, flexible storage solutions and inland terminals connected by the Manchester Ship Canal barge service.
This service will help to relieve the pressure on both road and rail infrastructure from the south, without compromising on the environmental benefits offered by rail. Liverpool is the most centrally positioned port in the UK, meaning it is ideally situated to serve all cargo bound for northern Britain. Increasing numbers of importers and exporters are starting to look at the full integrated cost of the “ship-to-door” logistics chain and recognize that Liverpool is the closest port to the largest proportion of end consumers.
Peel Ports recently revealed that AB World Foods, a company that includes brands such as Patak’s and Blue Dragon, has switched its supply chain so it can use the Port of Liverpool as its UK import gateway for foodstuffs and raw materials from the Far East and India. Peel Ports claims the modification will eliminate 300,000 UK road miles and remove over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, when compared to the company’s previous supply chain model that saw container cargoes entering the UK through ports on the south coast and then using trucks to transport cargoes to their final destination.
May 18th, 2011
In recent months, gas prices have been rising exponentially across the country. The current national average price per gallon is $3.54 and rising, that is a 37 cent increase just since February 22nd of this year. The reasons for the recent price increase are debatable, but one thing is for sure; nearly every industry has been affected in one way or another by these outrageous gas prices.
One industry being hit incredibly hard by these skyrocketing gas prices is the auto transport industry. The entire pricing system for auto transport relies heavily on the price of gas. Auto transport companies are usually forced to modify their car shipping rates in accordance with their costs of operation (such as fuel), in order to stay afloat. In times of economic stability, this is usually not an issue. In times such as this though, where gas sits just 14% below the highest recorded price in our nation’s history ($4.114 on July 17th, 2008), it becomes somewhat of a common practice.
However, depending on the size and quality of the company, the amount of fluctuation in service rates will be different from company to company. In order to remain competitive, larger auto transport companies will change their prices as little as possible, taking a cut in profit rather than customer satisfaction. Companies such as A-1 Auto Transport, an industry leader for over two decades, are able to maintain a steady flow of business by cutting their profits rather than raising their prices.
Other auto transport companies, however, take big hits by making low bids months prior to the actual transport, and then realize that gas prices have risen and it’s now going to cost them more to ship a vehicle. Sometimes, a company might hold onto a vehicle, waiting for gas prices to drop to what they were at the time the contract was created.
May 12th, 2011
Paper Transport, based in Green Bay, WI, has signed a vehicle test agreement with American Power Group (APG), a subsidiary of Green Man Technologies, to run a trial of the company’s dual-fuel system. APG will collect data on the engines before and after the installation of the dual-fuel system. Paper Transport is a regional fleet operator with over 280 power units offering dedicated and regional routes.
APG’s dual fuel system converts diesel engines to run on both diesel fuel and up to 60% of compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, well-head gas, or bio-methane. Paper Transport is a regional pioneer in the promotion of natural gas as a transportation fuel and currently operates seven dedicated natural gas trucks, Paper Transport represents an ideal opportunity for us because they are already operating natural gas vehicles and are looking for a cost effective retrofit solution for a large portion of their remaining diesel vehicles.
Paper Transport will retrofit a 2009 Freightliner Cascadian running a 14.8L Detroit Diesel DD15 Series engine. Paper Transport is excited to further our position as the leader in natural gas vehicle operations by working with APG and their dual fuel technology; we are committed to offering our customers economical and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. Our agreement to move forward with APG expands our commitment of converting more of our fuel consumption to natural gas.
May 5th, 2011
Car shipper and auto shippers are hired by several people every day to get their car move to a new destination. This shipping includes also moving of automobiles from the vendor to the purchaser. It may also include transportation from one nation and state to another. Like any other shipping business, the car shipping and auto shipping plays an essential role in the development and enlargement.
The car shipping and auto shipping can be sort out into few main categories like road shipping, rail shipping, air shipping and cargo shipping. Now the customer population establishes a very huge part within the car marketplace international and going to grow. In various cases consumer had to buy vehicle from local dealer in order to shrink the high costs of transporting the car from one location to another place. Consumers are in the state to pay for cars everywhere within the United States as well as the whole globe. They have a large supply of many cars to choose from and have it shipped their doorway. Now a number of Car transport and auto shippers companies has enlarged and making an atmosphere of competition for the market dealers and also improve the services superiority given to consumers.
In addition, the latest monetary reduce in the United States has generate big dominate effects on the car and auto shipping business quarter. Generally, the transportation industry is said to be the major and the United States automobile business remains the huge in the globe. This zone is really vital to the United States monetary system. It offer job for the American public both sprightly and obliquely, a normal flow of income for the government and makes attainable supplies and amenities to the customers, car and auto shipping is an necessary support complete automobile industry for auto shippers.