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Long Beach Plans Peak Chassis Fleet The Port of Long Beach is planning to implement a new fleet of truck chassis for peak periods of the year, first with 1,000 units and later 2,000 more. The peak chassis fleet is not to compete with private fleets but rather complement existing supplies of equipment when needed, according to a May 20 announcement from the port, which gave a June 2 deadline for submission of proposals for the fleet. Visit for more information. L.A., Long Beach Truckers Picket Hundreds of truckers have returned to work following a four-day strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach - the nation's busiest port complex. The drayage drivers, organized by a Teamsters-affiliated group called Justice for Port Truck Drivers, began picketing April 27 but, according to port officials, did little to disrupt cargo flows before going back to work. The truckers struck against four nonunion firms - Harbor Rail Transport, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage and Pacific 9 Transportation - they contend are depriving them of earnings, including because they are classified as independent contractors rather than employees. Go to to learn more. In the wake of the labor action, Saybrook Capital, primary investor in nonunion drayage firm Total Transportation Services Inc., announced on May 4 the starting of a Teamsters-backed port trucking company, Eco Flow Transportation, hiring only employee drivers. New Vancouver Terminal Sought Port Metro Vancouver is advancing plans for a new three-berth container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, British Columbia. According to an April 30 statement, the port has submitted a comprehensive environmental impact statement for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The terminal, which could open as early as 2023, is being designed to handle an annual throughput of 2.4 million 20-foot-equivalent container units. Go to for additional information. Seattle, Tacoma Draft Port Pact The effort to unify marine cargo operations and marketing of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma is moving forward with the drafting of a final agreement for the Northwest Seaport Alliance. The agreement, which outlines the alliance's charter, structure and business development strategy, was released May 8. Visit 12 Intermodal Insights | June 2015 People in the News Keith Klein has been promoted from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president of Transport Corp. of America Inc., assuming Transport America's reins from retiring Scott Arves. At Norfolk Southern Corp., Alan H. Shaw has been promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer from vice president Shaw of intermodal operations; he succeeds Donald W. Seale, who has retired after 39 years with NS. Also at NS, Jeffrey S. Heller has transitioned to vice president for intermodal and automotive from vice president for intermodal and automotive marketing and Cary G. Booth has been elevated to group vice president for intermodal operations from assistant vice president for intermodal service development. Mark Erceg, most recently executive vice president and chief financial officer of Masonite International Corp., has joined Canadian Pacific Railway as executive vice president and chief financial officer. At UPS, Richard Peretz, currently corporate controller and treasurer, has been named to succeed Kurt Kuehn as chief financial officer upon Kuehn's July 1 retirement after 38 years with the company. Also at UPS, Mark Wallace, previously president of UPS Supply Chain Solutions, has been named senior vice president of engineering, replacing the retiring Mitch Nichols, and Edward Rogers, formerly global strategy manager, has been promoted to global director of sustainability, succeeding the retiring Steve Leffin.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - June 2015

Federal update
Short-Term Fix Seen for Highways
Proposal Targets Port Performances
Silver Kingpin Award Ballots Due
Spring Business Meeting Focuses on Industry Solutions
IANA Launches Webpage for Scholarship Program
Intermodal EXPO 2015 to Offer Robust Educational Agenda
Equipment Out-of-Service Data to Undergo Expanded Analysis
State Legislative Update
N.J. in Compact, at Least for Now
Freight Report
Yearly Traffic Chart
Sustainability News
Port News
People in the News
In Brief
2015 Sponsors
New Members
Audit Examining FMCSA Processes
Industry Calendar

Insights - June 2015