OLEANDER ON SCHEDULE– Importers will be pleased to know that an on schedule Monday arrival is anticipated for the Oleander following weeks of winter weather related delays.
SPRING SCHEDULE REMINDER – The Longtails have been spotted over Bermuda this week and Spring is in the air. Customers will be pleased to know that the Oleander’s “Summer season” schedule will officially commence on voyage 1748 departing Port Elizabeth on Friday March 21st arriving in Bermuda (weather permitting) on Sunday evening March 23rd.
NO SALT – Some importers have asked why the largest port on the US East Coast has struggled so badly with service levels during recent winter storms. The following revelations will be of interest. First to report that during the worst snow winter since 1985 , the state of New Jersey confiscated the salt that was destined for the Port Elizabeth terminals due to a state wide salt shortage caused by the severe winter. Trucks, top loaders and straddle carriers require traction to work and without plowing and salt terminal operations came to a halt. Truly an extraordinary circumstance.
NY TERMINAL SERVICE PROSPECTS – Last summer the port of New York identified the need to hire 600 additional port workers to enable full compliments of labor for all terminal operations. Chronic labor shortages have had a significant effect on the terminal performance and especially affect recovery times after major weather events. During a New York Shipping Association meeting this week members were advised that the hiring process is ongoing but slow. Of the 600 union employees that need to be hired, 152 have been processed and are currently being trained. The first batch of new hires entered the work force this past January. There are homeland security and “turf” issues delaying the hiring process. BCL and all NY port customers have been assured that with the completion of needed hires customers should expect all truck receiving lanes and other operations to be at full capacity in due course.
We appreciate your continued support of the local line.
The NGML team