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JAXPORT Offering Reefer Service to Africa

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is now offering refrigerated cargo service from Florida to ports in Namibia, South Africa, and Mozambique— the first time the Port has offered such service in over a decade.

Container and heavy lift cargo terminal operator Galborg USA, a longtime JAXPORT tenant, recently upgraded its vessel fleet and now provides up to 100 reefer units on each vessel.

“The addition of refrigerated cargo service from Jacksonville to Africa is another example of JAXPORT’s commitment to maintaining and growing a diversified line of business,” said Roy Schleicher, JAXPORT’s executive vice president and Chief Commercial Officer.

The announcement comes on the heels of a decision made earlier this year by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to increase the maximum gross vehicle weight for sealed cargo containers from 95,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds, making it easier for trucking companies to accommodate heavier export cargo, such as food commodities.

 

New Allison Tractor Transmission Available at Navistar

Allison Transmission’s new TC10 tractor transmission, which averages five percent fuel savings over current manual and automated manual transmissions in test fleets, is now being offered on Navistar’s International ProStar and TranStar models with MaxxForce 13 engines with SCR—the first time the fully automatic TC10 has been made available with those models.

The TC10 is specifically designed for both city and highway tractor duty cycles and provides a blended architecture with full power shifts, a torque converter and a twin countershaft gear box. It is fully automatic and offers smooth, seamless shifting through 10 ranges, optimizing the acceleration and fuel economy to make the transmission especially ideal for situations where a tractor-trailer splits its work cycle between city and highway conditions.

“We have a long history of successful initiatives with Navistar and this launch of the TC10 into the tractor market furthers that model,” said Jim Wanaselja, vice president of North America marketing, sales and service for Allison Transmission. “The TC10’s cutting edge transmission technology, paired with Navistar’s offerings, will allow fleets the ability to save fuel while enjoying the performance, durability and reduced maintenance that the industry has come to expect from Allison Automatics.”

 

Canada’s Launch of Border eManifest System Delayed Again

The Canada Border Service Agency has delayed the launch of eManifest again, a program that requires all highway and rail carriers entering Canada from the U.S. to submit cargo information prior to arriving at the border.

In October, the agency announced that their previous “fall of 2013” deadline to implement eManifest would be pushed back—the third time they’ve delayed the project—due to what the agency called “timelines associated with the regulatory process.”

The agency has yet to announce a new timeline for launching eManifest, only offering that they will provide a 45-day advance notice before implementation.

Once the eManifest program takes effect, data pertaining to the cargo and driver must be done electronically, similar to current requirements in the U.S. Carriers could face delays or even be turned away if they fail to provide the necessary data prior to arrival at the border.

The eManifest program will apply to all highway carriers, even one-truck owner-operators.

Canada Border Service Agency states that carriers are welcome to register for eManifest at any time and registration is free.

 

Cold Chain Monitoring Via Smartphone

Montpellier, France-based OCEASOFT newest product, Emerald, is a small (slightly bigger than a wristwatch) wireless temperature tracker that connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and monitors temperature-sensitive goods during transit and in storage.

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