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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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. asked Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero for the agency staff to brief the committee staff on this issue by no later than May 31, 2016.
However, the International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee said there should be no delay in the implementation of the verified gross mass rule.
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.