Houston Port Oil Spill – Delayed Port Operations

Houston, Texas – Monday, March 24 The Port of Houston Terminals are seeing high conjestion and delays. Unfortunately, these delays are likely to affect customer appointment times. Excargo’s commitment to provide the best possible service and communication is unwavering. Our customer service team is working tirelessly to communicate with customers and provide solutions in this time of uncertainty.

For immediate assitance, please call us at (713)921-7700 and a team member will be happy to assist you.

Please find the latest Oil Spill news here from the U.S. Coast Guard : http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2127174/Update-3-Texas-City-Y-incident-response

Picture: A barge loaded with oil sits partly submerged in the Houston Ship Channel. (Manda Emery / Coast Guard / March 22, 2014)

Choosing the Right Container for Sensitive Cargo

It may seem like common sense, fish oil and tuxedos shouldn’t share a container, but for many shippers, good container judgment at the port is one of the most important services a carrier can provide. Good judgment when it comes to containers is one of those small details that can have a big impact on a retailer’s bottom line.

Perhaps the most container-sensitive industries are clothing, retail, and household goods. Clothing is easily damaged by dust and other particulates, and the quickest kind of cargo to absorb smell. At the same time, household goods are easily damaged if a container is compromised. In these sectors, a clean, intact, container is one of the most important factors in maintaining the integrity of a product, and a reputation.

Because of the way port operations work, the drayage driver and the crane operator are the two people who will determine what kind of container your cargo will travel in.

As drivers queue up at a container yard to pick up a container, evaluating the integrity and condition of the container they’re assigned is no easy task. At Excargo, drivers are trained to make on-site decisions with the unique needs of customers in mind.

And if they […]

Excargo Hosts Annual Banquet to Honor Drivers and Staff

Excargo Services, a Houston-based transportation provider, held its annual driver and employee Awards and Recognition Banquet on Saturday, January 11. The event marked the company’s upcoming 35-year anniversary and spotlighted the dedication of Excargo’s owner operators and support team who have made the company one of the fastest growing carriers in the Gulf Coast region.

Excargo president Marcia Faschingbauer recognized several important employee anniversaries, including five five-year awards, two 10-year awards, one 15-year award, and one 20-year award.

“This is a very special year for Excargo because we are celebrating so many anniversaries,” she said. “The longer a relationship is cultivated, the stronger and deeper it becomes. Excargo is in the relationship business and we are proud to honor those who continue to grow with us – both staff and drivers.“

“Every day, there are a million details that have to be handled to make our business a success. At every point, we must have people with their eyes and ears open, ready to make their own contribution to the group,” said Faschingbauer. “This year, each member of the Excargo team brought their experience and enthusiasm for learning to the table in a big way. This is truly a team of stars.”

The […]

Houston Winter Storm Port Closures & Modified Hours – Jan. 28, 2014

From:          APM TERMINALS AT BARBOUR’S CUT

SUBJECT:     Severe Weather Schedule

Please be advised that the terminal will be closed on 1-28-14 due to the severe winter weather forecast and the unsafe driving conditions that are expected.

The terminal will have modified hours of operation on 1-29-14 with a gate expected open time of 1300hrs and a closing time of 2200hrs. The terminal will close for the meal hour between 1700 to 1800hrs.

We will be monitoring the weather and road conditions closely and will provide updates if the schedule changes.

Also please be advised that on Maersk or Safmarine demurrage issues that you need to contact the Line and not the terminal. If the demurrage issue is related to APL, HYU, MOL you can contact APMT.


From:         Port of Houston
The Port of Houston Authority’s executive offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
An announcement will be made no later than 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 concerning the status of the executive offices for Wednesday, January 29.

Please monitor social media and http://www.portofhouston.com/ for updates on the status of all Port of Houston Authority facilities.

Due to the winter weather forecast and the unsafe driving conditions expected in the Houston area for Tuesday, 1/28/2014, The […]

Houston Severe Weather Port Closures & Modified Times – Jan. 24, 2014

Due to the severe weather conditions in Houston we would like to ensure you are aware of all modified Port times and closures.

 

First and foremost, Excargo’s Staff are working normal business hours and are prepared to assist all customers. Our dispatch is working with our drivers to ensure the safe delivery of cargo as well as the drivers’ personal safety. Customer Service began preparation yesterday to ensure appointment times and cut offs were affected as little as possible. If you are concerned about a specific container or have a question please contact us at (713)921-7700 and a team member will be happy to assist you.

 

The Port of Houston’s main office will be closed Friday, January 24,2014.

Both Barbour’s Cut and Bayport Container Terminals will remain closed today, Friday, January 24, 2014. The container terminals will work Saturday, January 25, 2014 based ON REQUEST VIA EMAIL BY 4 p.m. TODAY. If you need a gate for Saturday, email BCToperations@poha.com or Bayoperations@poha.com.

The Turning Basin Terminal will also be closed today.

 

APM Terminal

‘The terminal did open at 1100hrs today with limited operational functions.

 

At this time due to the icy conditions the rtg machinery is not operational and the terminal will not be able […]

Fleet Executive Panel Says Driver Image, Engagement Critical To Solve Shortage

“In the next decade, the trucking industry must add 239,000 drivers, per year, to keep up with freight demand and replace the 37 percent today’s drivers…”

Read more at: http://www.ccjdigital.com/fleet-executive-panel-says-driver-image-engagement-critical-to-solving-shortage/#sthash.RGKYiqRm.dpuf

Photo: CCJ editor Jeff Crissey interviews a panel of fleet executives at the 2013 CCJ Fall Symposium (Source: CCJdigital.com)

Trucking’s Rolling Tribute to Veterans

TCA, Wreaths Across America (WAA), and Pilot Flying J are launching the trucking industry’s first-annual “Rolling Tribute” to our nation’s veterans.  Professional truck drivers can honor their sacrifices with a Trucking’s Patriot Pair wreath set–one remembrance wreath to affix to the grill of their trucks and one to be placed by volunteers on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day, December 14.  And to kick off the tribute, 1,000 sets will be given away for free.

On Tuesday, November 26, just two days before Thanksgiving, drivers visiting Pilot Travel Center in Milford, Connecticut, will be given a free grill wreath, while supplies last.  They will also receive fasteners so they can attach their wreaths to their trucks onsite as an immediate show of support for our veterans.  The other half of their sets will be sent to Arlington National Cemetery.

Anyone who cannot make it to Milford but would still like to be a part of the rolling tribute can order a Trucking’s Patriot Pair at www.TruckloadofRespect.com for $30 plus shipping.  Any company that would like to participate can order Trucking’s Patriot Pairs to adorn its entire fleet–and an equal number of veterans’ gravestones–through the same […]