Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Transportation Rebounding From Hurricane Harvey’s Havoc

A "Stop" sign stands in floodwaters due to Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.; Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Container ships bound for Houston called on other ports as Hurricane Harvey slogged its way across the upper Texas coast and into the history books.

Andrea Rumbaugh | Houston Chronicle
September 25, 2017

Jobless Claims Decline as Hurricane Harvey Impact Fades in Texas

Texas Guardsmen from the 272nd Engineer Battalion partnered with Texas Task Force One, prepare to help evacuate Texans in need during Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Texas Military Dept photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt

Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. unexpectedly declined last week as the Hurricane Harvey-related surge in Texas filings continued to reverse, Labor Department figures showed Sept. 21.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2017
Business, Equipment

Floodwaters Bring Warnings of Damaged Truck Components

Penske recovers from the storm Penske has inspected most of its damaged equipment in the Houston area. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Brakes, diesel particulate filters, electronics and wheel-ends are some of the key components that fleets should inspect on their vehicles as they recover from flooding brought on by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, experts said, adding that without remediation safety component failures are likely to surface in a matter of months.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017

Hurricanes to Increase Contract, Spot Rates Outside Disaster Areas

David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Truckload rates have skyrocketed after hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered Texas and Florida, but the higher prices will also trickle down into states nowhere near the devastation, industry executives say.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2017
Government, Business

IRS, PBGC Offer Disaster Pension Relief to Businesses Affected by Harvey

Harvey shop Eric Gay/AP

Businesses that were damaged from Hurricane Harvey could receive some relief from filing tax forms related to their single or multiemployer pension plans, according to announcements from Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and the Internal Revenue Service.

Transport Topics
September 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

UPS Foundation to Test Drones for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief in Texas


The UPS Foundation said it is partnering with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works and the American Red Cross to test using a drone to identify areas with the most flood damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2017
Business, Fuel

Storms Hurt Fleets’ Ability to Pick Up, Deliver Fuel

Harvey causes long refinery lines Hurricane flooding surrounds refinery storage tanks in Texas City, Texas. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Long lines at fuel refineries are shortening, but the crush in demand for fuel caused by Hurricane Harvey is still putting pressure on fleets that serve the petroleum industry.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2017
Business, Logistics

Harvey Harms Cotton Output From Texas

Cotton modules sit before processing at the Gulf Coast Cooperative gin in the Nueces County of Bishop, Texas Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News

Several hundred thousand bales of cotton likely were lost in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey, delivering a blow not only to those who grow and sell the state’s main agricultural crop but also to the motor carriers that haul it.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

HOS Suspended for Truckers Carrying Hurricane Irma Aid

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended several trucking regulations, including hours-of-service requirements, to facilitate the movement of aid that carriers deliver to states and territories in the path of oncoming Hurricane Irma.

Transport Topics
September 7, 2017

Spot Market Skyrockets in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Harvey relief Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP

In the days after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Houston area, longhaul spot market prices tripled, in some cases, to between $5,000 and $10,000, according to conversations with truck drivers.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2017