Logistics News April 30, 2015

Joe Cory, Sr. passes away – A major figure in the home delivery business passed away April 28 at the age of 76. Read the story here. (Furniture Today) and here. (Furniture World)


ATA asks DOT for speed-limiter regs – The American Trucking Association is asking the Dept. of Transportation to finally issue a ruling that speed limiters on large trucks be set yo a maximum speed of 65 mph. Read the story here. (Transport Topics)


Draymen strike 4 LA/LB trucking companies – The Teamsters continue attempts to unionize Southern California dray drivers. The union is supporting truckers who claim they are improperly classified as independent contractors. The protests have not had a large impact on port operations so far. Read details here (LA Times) and here. (JOC)


Fuel prices continue steady rise – While still over a dollar a gallon less than a year ago, fuel prices have been climbing fairly steadily. See the data here. (USEIA)


Last gate installed in Panama Canal expansion – The final lock gate is being installed on the Canal’s Pacific side now. The Atlantic gates are all in place, so the next phase of the expansion process will be flooding the gates. Read more here. (AJOT)


Maersk vessel detained by Iranians – In the second such attempt in a week, Iranian naval forces have succeeded in holding a foreign cargo ship. The crew of the Maersk Tigris, which was “escorted” by Iranian ships to Bandar Abbas in Iran, is reportedly in good shape. Concerns mount over the seizing of a merchant vessel in international waters. See a report here.