Intermodal Freight and Global Operations

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WEEK 7 DISCUSSION QUESTION:

Instructions:  Your initial post should be at least 250 words.

READING FROM:

Lowe, D. (2005). Intermodal Freight Transport. Boston. Chapters 2-6.

Topic #1: Intermodal Freight and Global Operations/ Management 

After evaluating the reading, please take one of topics and describe it to the class. In your description, include a short synopsis of the issue and your opinion of the issue. Also, give a personal anecdote that you can share with the rest of the class.

 

FIRST STUDENT:

 

Instructions:  Please read below and reply with 100 words and include direct questions.

Parker (Dec 16, 2013 11:22 AM) – Read by: 5Reply

After evaluating the reading, please take one of topics and describe it to the class. In your description, include a short synopsis of the issue and your opinion of the issue. Also, give a personal anecdote that you can share with the rest of the class.

Both countries are trying to cut down on congestion and pollution with regard to road haulage. The use of integrated transport seems to be on the rise with the use of rail and waterways. Europe has used it White Paper “A New Deal Better for Everyone” and has resorted to more use of its waterways. Both countries are using the piggyback system which seems to have gained notoriety and acceptance. Two notable developments in combined road– rail technology which have crossed the Atlantic and are now being adapted to UK/European-style operations are the bimodal trailer (e.g. the Wabash ‘RoadRailer’) and a more recent development on similar lines, Canadian National’s 3R International system, and the ‘spine’ type rail wagon.

With the message to promote integrated transport modes working together to promote cleaner air to cut down on pollution, and promote energy efficient use of vehicular traffic is paramount.

I have been on Interstate 95 where I live, and I have been so afraid when tractor trailers get close to my vehicle from behind, I think sometimes they will rear end me. I try my best to get over in another lane, here again is traffic! I am stuck! They keep blowing the horn, but where can I go? Nowhere ! My heart starts to pound so fast, I am fearful; I get my chance to move over to another lane, WOW that was close!

Lowe, D. (2005). Intermodal Freight Transport.Jordan Hill, GBR: Routledge

 

 

 

SECOND STUDENT

 

Instructions:  Please read below and reply with 100 words and include direct questions.

 McElwee (Dec 18, 2013 12:21 AM) – Read by: 4Reply

After evaluating the assigned reading, I chose to discuss Safety Law for Carrying Containers from Chapter 6 – The Road Haulage Role in Intermodalism.

Safety is paramount. I hear that saying a lot when planning a mission. For the most part, the saying holds true but never more when carrying shipping containers. With approximately 17 million containers worldwide (2013), implementing a set of rules to regulate its safety could pose a monumental task.  Recognizing the need to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the handling, stacking and transporting of containers, the 1972 International Convention for Safe Containers was agreed upon in Geneva.

According to the International Maritime organization (2013), the provisions in the convention have two goals. One is to maintain a high level of safety of human life in the transport and handling of containers by providing generally acceptable test procedures and related strength requirements. The other is to facilitate the international transport of containers by providing uniform international safety regulations, equally applicable to all modes of surface transport.  In this way, proliferation of divergent national safety regulations can be avoided.

I personally have carried my share of shipping containers within the states, but the majority have been redeployments from overseas. On one particular mission, we arrived and inspected the cargo for flight.  The container didn’t have any damage, but the user failed to secure the container to the 463L pallets.  An hour, 2 pallets, and 12 10,000lb chains later, we got them secured, loaded and airborne. All in all, a safe day for tac-airlift.

References:

Lowe, D. (2005). Intermodal Freight Transport. Jordan Hill, GBR: Routledge.

Billie Box. (2013). Facts about Shipping containers. Retrieved from: http://www.billiebox.co.uk/facts-about-shipping-containers/

International Maritme Organization (2013), International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC). Retrieved from: http://www.imo.org/About/Conventions/ListOfConventions/Pages/International-Convention-for-Safe-Containers-(CSC).aspx

 

 

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