The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.
Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its track and equipment resulted in broken and sheared lag bolts, which caused the June 3 derailment of a train near Mosier, Ore., according to a preliminary report from the Federal Railroad Administration.
Meanwhile, the pound slid the most on record to its weakest since 1985, while the yen rallied on demand for haven assets, following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
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Continued weighing at port facilities might provide a convenient way for exporters to comply with the upcoming International Maritime Organization verified gross mass container weight regulations due to go into effect at the beginning of next month.
A combination of Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine, the two largest ocean shipping companies in South Korea, could, at least for the time being, rank as the fifth largest container carrier worldwide, but they have few ships on order.
The Port of Longview in Washington state, which is seeking interested parties in taking over its Bridgeview Terminal, said it would prefer operators interested in handling import and export bulk cargo, but it's open to other possible marine uses.