Oleander On Schedule – The last of the Oleander’s scheduled winter sailings V1747 arrives this week. The Captain anticipates being alongside in Hamilton on schedule on Monday morning.
Summer Schedule Commences – The “summer” schedule commences next week on Friday March 21st. Bermuda Container Line specializes in delivering cargo to customers at the very earliest opportunity at the beginning of each week. This coming Friday the Oleander and BCL team shift gears to resume the delivery of time sensitive cargo on Sundays for our refrigerated and urgent cargo customers. As such the container cut off times in New York return to 10.00 a.m. each Friday until late October enabling the Oleander to be in Bermuda each Sunday evening. Many importers will not be aware how many containers are actually delivered on Sundays. For highly perishable and urgent cargo the ability to receive and or strip containers on Sunday nights or very early on Monday mornings to be ready for “market” is very important. For others having the ability to have an entire week to receive and distribute new inventory is critical.
Maher Terminal Truck Deliveries Back to Normal – This week a terminal performance report was received from Maher terminal confirming that operations were returning to normal after weeks of weather related service delays. In addition 150 of 600 additional labor hires are now on the job with another 450 in the vetting and hiring process. The port of New York should be operating at full capacity with these additional hires. BCL monitors gate performance carefully and has been assured that gate service levels remain a top priority.
Unique cargo arrives – In recent weeks there have been some interesting cargoes arriving on the Oleander. The new government busses have begun to arrive and a host of trucks, cars, boats and pieces of equipment have been shipped. This week 3 electric cars arrived in Bermuda by 40 foot container from India. According to the Bermuda Sun “the vehicles, powered solely by electricity, are breaking new ground in the automobile and sustainability industries. Those behind the arrival of the Mahindra Reva e2o from India believe it could also break ground in the tourism sector too by becoming the first hire car for visitors.”
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