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REALIGNMENTS
consolidate its inland intermodal service with a single railroad
to optimize that service.

Inland Network Consolidation
Mike Reilly, director of intermodal business development for the
Northwest Seaport Alliance, said the ports of Seattle and Tacoma,
Washington have benefitted from the alliances through increased
business volume. The new arrangements have led rail operators
Union Pacific and BNSF Railway to run daily trains that are nearly two
miles long. In addition, transloading and related domestic intermodal
moves are increasing. A short-haul service linking the Washington
state ports with Portland, Oregon has also been started.
Reilly also explained broader forces that are at work. "We are

seeing that beneficial cargo owners, non-vessel operators and
3PLs, along with the ocean carriers, are deciding which gateway
do they want to call, based on service options, terminal fluidity,
ease of doing business, and a road and rail network that can
handle new business," he explained.
Lenis Rodrigues, a spokeswoman for the Port of New York
and New Jersey, said there have been limited changes to inland
intermodal freight patterns from alliance modifications and consolidation. CSX and Norfolk Southern provide inland intermodal
rail services for ocean carriers that are seeking to maximize the
inland head-haul and back-haul moves.
"All of the ocean carriers are taking advantage of the express
rail systems to move intermodal freight well before the ships
leave the port," she said, through opportunities that are available
to both alliances and independent operators. "Rail volume at the
PANYNJ continues to increase since the arrival of
these larger ships."

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Long-Term Commitment
The changes also have affected port operations
in Long Beach, Hacegaba said, with a long-term
commitment to increased utilization of on-dock rail
that can be particularly useful during volume spikes
related to larger vessel capacity.
Alphaliner consultant Tan Hua Joo provided
Insights with a different view of the alliances and
consolidations' impact. He said there hasn't been
any change in cargo handling or vessel routing
patterns as a result of the alliance shifts, other than
the realignment of some all-water services through
the Panama Canal. He also questioned whether the
emergence of new alliances has directly resulted in
greater use of inland intermodal.
Dean Davison, a consultant for Clipper Maritime,
offered a similar view in one respect. The alliances,
he said, fundamentally are just "a re-jig of existing
lines, services and activities at the same ports."
What is more important, Davison and others
said, is a broader network perspective.
"The key here is that all partners in the logistics
supply chain do their part - ship arrives on time,
port/terminal discharges efficiently and offers
sufficient space for intermodal trains and the
railroad operators then get the cargo to its ultimate
destination efficiently. Intermodal rail is a crucial
component of this whole process, especially as the
logistics network very much remains an integral
part of shipper inventories."
"Intermodal providers that are able to link key
marine terminals to areas of consumption, especially the key discretionary markets of the U.S. Midwest,
through regular, efficient, reliable and cost-effective
services are what we still need," Davison said, emphasizing the requirement for sufficient capacity to
meet demand.
William Doyle, a former member of the Federal
Maritime Commission, told Insights, "The name of
the game is speed - get the containers unloaded,
on the dock and then off the dock as quickly as pos-


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - May/June 2018

IANA News
Operations & Maintenance Business Meeting 2018 Recap: Creating the Future of Intermodal
Intermodal Is on a Positive Path in 2018
Chassis Market’s Evolution Blends Promise, Challenges
Identifying the Missing Link in Chassis Maintenance
ELD Mandate Lessons: Opportunity, Compliance, Tech Issues
ELD Mandate Effect: Opportunity Beckons for Intermodal
Ocean Carrier Realignments Trigger Significant Change for Intermodal
Freight Report
Build Awareness of Intermodal to Attract Job Candidates
3PLs Adopt Technology to Enhance Customer Relationships
As Technology Changes Business Relationships, Personalization Still Matters
Voice of the Shipper
Government News
New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
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Insights - May/June 2018 - 2
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Insights - May/June 2018 - IANA News
Insights - May/June 2018 - Operations & Maintenance Business Meeting 2018 Recap: Creating the Future of Intermodal
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Intermodal Is on a Positive Path in 2018
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Chassis Market’s Evolution Blends Promise, Challenges
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Identifying the Missing Link in Chassis Maintenance
Insights - May/June 2018 - ELD Mandate Lessons: Opportunity, Compliance, Tech Issues
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Insights - May/June 2018 - ELD Mandate Effect: Opportunity Beckons for Intermodal
Insights - May/June 2018 - Ocean Carrier Realignments Trigger Significant Change for Intermodal
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Insights - May/June 2018 - 3PLs Adopt Technology to Enhance Customer Relationships
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Insights - May/June 2018 - Government News
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