Coast Guard proposes California new shipping lanes
Eco-friendly supply chain enthusiasts were clapping at the news that broke on Wednesday, as the U.S. Coast Guard published a proposal that would narrow shipping lanes in the Santa Barbara Channel in an effort to help budding whale life.
The proposed changes would also create a more defined route for shipping route for freighters in the area.
The USCG report proposed that lanes in the California channel would be moved north of an underwater drop-off near Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands. Humpback, fin and blue whales have been gathering in the area for krill feeding.
The Coast Guard argues that the shift will help preserve marine mammal life, which are at risk of being struck in the current shipping lanes. In the last four years, four blue whales have been killed after being struck by vessels in the area.
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Over the last 10 years, about 50 whales have been hit by ships off California’s coast, which is one of the busiest shipping regions in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designated the Channel Island shipping lanes as part of a “Whale Advisory Zone” in 2007.
According to environmentalists, however, those measures are voluntary, and ship captains don’t always use necessary caution.
Proposed speed reductions are a start, but environmental groups contest that those changes don’t go far enough. Earlier this year, four environmental groups filed a petition to install a 10-knot speed limit for large commercial ships in four California National Marine Sanctuaries in the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones.
Those proposed speed reductions were not part of the USCG published proposal, however.
UPS Posts Record Second Quarter with Revenues of $23.4bn
Growth across each of its core segments resulted in record results for UPS in the second quarter, with group revenues climbing 14.5% year on year to $23.4bn.
The global logistics outfit achieved consolidated operating profit of $3.3bn, up 47.3% compared to the same period in 2020. It is the second consecutive quarter of record profit, and a significant rise on Q1’s $2.9bn.
UPS Q2 Revenues in Brief
- Consolidated revenues: $23.4bn (+14.5% yoy)
- Domestic: $14.4bn (+10.2%)
- International: $4.82bn (+30%)
- Supply Chain Solutions: $4.2bn (+14.3%)
The US company’s domestic segment performed steadily with 10.2% revenue growth to $14.4bn. But it was its international and supply chain solutions segments where UPS saw the biggest gains. Strong demand in Europe led an increase in international revenues of 30% to $4.82bn. UPS’ supply chain solutions division saw revenue growth of 14.3% to $4.2bn, driven, the company said, “by strong demand in nearly all businesses”.
UPS’ steady growth throughout the pandemic has been led by the overarching vision of its chief executive Carol Tomé to do “better not bigger”, focussing on efficiency and high margin deliveries through its network over pure scale and volume.
“I want to thank all UPSers for executing our strategy and delivering high service levels, which fuelled record financial results in the second quarter,” she said. “Through our better not bigger framework, we are moving our world forward by delivering what matters.”
UPS Completes Sales of UPS Freight
The second quarter also saw UPS complete the divestiture of UPS Freight in a deal worth $800m - with a surprise result for the division, now called TForce Freight, under new owner TFI International.
“The second quarter was historically significant for TFI International, with the closing of our UPS Freight acquisition and record performance across the board,” said Alain Bédard, chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, TFI International. “Particularly gratifying is the performance of TForce Freight, which has exceeded our operating ratio targets far ahead of schedule, and we have only just begun our work.”
In it first two months of ownership TFI reported that adjusted operating ratio (OR) was 90.1% for TForce Freight, far outperforming its forecasted OR of 96-97%.
“I wish to thank our entire team for their hard work and remarkable efforts, and officially welcome aboard our new TForce Freight colleagues who have seamlessly come under the TFI umbrella and are already making stronger than expected contributions,” Bédard added.