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Welcome to the WHAT THE TRUCK?!? bulletin. In this issue, iconic movie truck stunts, spot market split, shippers vs. carriers and more.
The spot reaches previous peaks
$ 3.33 – The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing, but luckily for shippers, a record that hasn’t been broken this week is the spot market for dry vans. It matched the $ 3.33 / inclusive fuel level it hit the week of July 4. As has been the case for months now, the spot market is supported by robust freight volumes. Just look at this table above. As the market moves at almost the same pace with 2019, it does so while moving a lot more cargo!
Are the cavalry coming? – Andrew Cox of FreightWaves recently said: âSince the start of the year, the rental market has grown 2.6%, while OTVI has grown over 12%. Calling the problem a driver shortage is simplistic and misguided; the carriers are trying to keep up, but there is just too much demand to match the capacity. The good news is that rejections of outgoing tenders fell below 22% for the first time since late February. While carriers refusing 1 in 5 loads under contract is not a massive correction, we entered July with 28% of loads rejected. No baby.
“The Dark Knight” 2008 – In preproduction for “The Dark Knight,” Christopher Nolan challenged cinematographer Wally Pfister to take his film’s action sequences to the next level. Nolan’s call to action? Do something never done before: spin an 18 wheeler without using CGI. It was then that stuntman Jim Wilkey jumped behind the wheel of a 1986 Peterbilt 358. The feat was accomplished using a beefed-up driver’s cab, a giant piston hidden under the trailer, and exceptional camera work. Check In the wings and take a look at one of the surviving acrobatic trucks (the video claims it is an ’83 but I see an ’86).
âMadness, as you know, is like gravity – all it takes is a little push! “- The Joker in” The Dark Knight “
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” 1991 – T2 has been said to be the Terminator that director James Cameron always wanted to do. In fact, liquid metal T-1000 was originally featured in the first movie’s script before it was dropped due to technical limitations. While T2 may have revolutionized digital effects, they achieved one of the greatest stunts in old school film. They drove a 1984 Freightliner FLA 9664 through a false wall and just off the Hayvenhurst Avenue Viaduct into the canal below. The awe-inspiring scene came from a vision Cameron had to showcase the T-1000’s liquid metal morphing capabilities after a fiery truck crash. Watch the scene and that behind the scenes images.
“Heat” 1995 – Michael Mann’s epic crime thriller “Heat” begins with the robbery of an armored truck by DeNiro, Kilmer and his crew. In order to pierce the wallet, the team used a 1979 Peterbilt 359 tow truck. Although the movie was sped up leading to impact, this effect was done pretty much the way it looks. They just drove the Freightliner straight into the armored truck. Keep it simple, stupid. Or, as Neil McCauley said, “Don’t get attached to something you’re not ready to walk on in 30 seconds flat if you can feel the heat around the corner.” Watch the scene.
Your turn – What’s your favorite movie truck stunt? FreightWaves CEO / Founder Craig Fuller appointed the truck chase in “License to Kill” while reader William Loeffler is in favor of F-35 backstage truck in “Live free or die hard”. Send me yours at [email protected]
Don’t look at them while driving
Film violation – CHP caught a driver who left a film in his cab during an inspection at the Gilroy Commercial Vehicle Control Center in San Marten, Calif. On July 30. Facebook to remind drivers, “per 27602 of the California Vehicle Code, it states in part that”:
(a) It is prohibited to drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, video monitor or television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces applications entertainment or commercial, operates and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the driver’s seat back, or operates and the monitor, screen or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle. In other words, âDO NOT SEE MOVIES WHILE DRIVINGâ.
Steam shippers on the profits of ocean carriers
Hockey stick prices – Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Shipping carriers fail to honor their contracts and minimum quantity commitments. Carriers blame the congestion, but shippers find it a hard pill to swallow as steamboat companies report record profits and spot rates soar from 600% to 800%.
âIn the past, carriers would sign contracts and then fill the rest with spot rates. But now they are focusing more on spot ratesâ¦ and pushing contracted allocations towards premium spot rates. – Jon Monroe, Founder, Jon Monroe Consulting on WHAT THE TRUCK?!?
i will see you in court – Last Wednesday, MCS Industries filed a complaint with the FMC accusing COSCO Shipping Lines and MSC Mediterranean Shipping and their competitors in the Asia-U.S. Trans-Pacific trade of violating the US Shipping Act.
80 ships at anchor – Along the American coasts, more than 80 container ships remain at anchor while the ports face the fallout from record import volumes. According to Maritime exchange, 28 of these ships are at rest in San Pedro Bay. With the carriers holding all the cards, the shippers and the FMC are pushing a rock upward as they attempt to improve their situation.
Pocket knife – Driver of Utah’s I-215 West is fortunate enough to be alive after a knife accident almost sent his truck to the edge of a viaduct. According to the Salt Lake City Fire Department, the truck driver was able to exit the cabin unscathed.
WTT this week
Wednesday – In the program: What the CMF can do in maritime transport; the startup receives $ 82 million to finance exports from Latin America; why Matt McLelland is excited for F3; and SEKO’s market vision.
Special guests include Peter Spradling, COO and co-founder, and Jacob Shoihet, CEO and co-founder of Marco; Brian Bourke, CGO at SEKO Logistics; Matt McLelland, vice president of sustainability and innovation at Covenant; and maritime law expert Lauren Beagen.
Friday – Special guests include Sam Lurye, founder of Kargo; Chad Boblett, master of the kilometer rate; and Nicole Heron, Manager of DHL Supply Chain Driver Recruitment Center.
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