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UPS deploys purpose-built navigation for UPS service personnel

UPSNav optimizes entire routes, providing turn-by-turn directions to loading docks and other preferred delivery and pickup locations. 

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UPS deploys purpose-built navigation for UPS service personnel

UPSNav optimizes entire routes, providing turn-by-turn directions to loading docks and other preferred delivery and pickup locations.

UPS  today said it has integrated a new navigation tool called UPSNav into the handheld device its package delivery drivers carry, providing them with detailed turn-by-turn directions derived from UPS’s routing software. UPSNav reduces miles driven, fuel consumed and carbon emissions, while empowering the company to provide better service to its customers.

UPSNav is a significant update to UPS’s On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION), which determines the optimal order for local UPS® package car drivers to make deliveries and pickups. With the new navigation tool, ORION gives drivers directions to all those stops in precise detail – even to loading docks and receiving areas that are often on opposite sides of a building’s main entrance. UPSNav provides UPS drivers with a new level of accuracy and precision, which enables them to operate at top efficiency. It also improves the customer experience and opens the UPS platform to provide new products and services.

Drivers interact with UPSNav using the screen on their handheld DIADs (Delivery Information Acquisition Device). The DIAD mounts to the driver’s dashboard for hands-free operation and displays a map showing drivers where to turn. It emits tones to notify them when to slow for a delivery or pickup stop and exactly where to stop once they have arrived at a destination. Since 1991, UPS has developed five generations of DIADs. A sixth is in development now and will offer an even better user experience.

“UPSNav is not a conventional navigation platform like those that guide drivers in their personal vehicles from the front door of Address A to the front door of Address B,” said Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer. “UPS drivers make an average of 125 stops each day. They often drive to customer locations that are not visible from the main road or through traditionally available mapping technology. UPSNav was built for the heavy and complex UPS workload.”

UPSNav furnishes drivers with all the available information on their daily deliveries as well as the most cost-effective route between stops. It uses the UPS data infrastructure and proprietary ORION maps, which include 250 million locations. Drivers and other UPS staff also can quickly correct ORION maps or update them if a delivery or pickup point changes.

In the next iteration of ORION, due out in 2019, UPSNav will dynamically adjust throughout the day to recalculate routes, considering factors like changing traffic conditions and the remaining deliveries and pick-up requests.

UPSNav works with ORION to reduce the number of miles driven on targeted routes. ORION plus UPSNav saves the company fuel and enables drivers to complete their routes faster. UPS launched UPSNav as a pilot this fall, rolling it out to about 5,000 U.S.-based drivers and some in Canada. UPS decided to expand the use of UPSNav more broadly after the successful pilot. Drivers on lower-density suburban and rural routes saw the most improvement. The tool was especially useful for drivers who were new to their routes, but every driver saw the benefits.

“UPSNav takes a lot of the stress out of our work,” said Hunt Valley, Md.-based UPS driver Jason Dayhoff. “With this tool, I spend a lot less time hunting for addresses or loading docks.”

As with ORION, UPS developed UPSNav with in-house technology for the unique role of its delivery drivers and leveraging UPS maps.

“This is a major advancement for UPS routing and navigation technology. It’s been very impactful,” said Jack Levis, senior program director at UPS. “The routing and training efficiencies are undeniable. Our drivers now have the best suite of route optimization and navigation technologies in the industry.”

UPS has invested aggressively in its Global Smart Logistics Network, which relies on data, analytics and innovative technology to pioneer customer solutions, boost service levels and generate operational efficiencies.

The new UPSNav navigation tool is part of that effort alongside the recent deployment of the first phase of UPS’s Network Planning Tools (NPT), which use advanced analytics to help the company direct package volume more efficiently across its network and to make the best use of capacity at sorting facilities.

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Port of Long Beach sees cargo increase

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Cargo shipments rose at the Port of Long Beach in May as the economic effects of COVID-19 started to subside.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 628,205 twenty-foot equivalent units of container cargo last month, a 9.5% increase from May 2019. Imports grew 7.6% to 312,590 TEUs, while exports climbed 11.6% to 134,556 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas jumped 11.4% to 181,060 TEUs.

The Port has moved 2,830,855 TEUs during the first five months of 2020, 5.9% down from the same period in 2019.

“Our strong numbers reflect the efforts of our Business Recovery Task Force, which is setting the path for efficient cargo movement and growth,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “Our focus on operational excellence and world-class customer service will continue as we prioritize our industry-leading infrastructure development projects.”

“We aren’t out of the woods, but this is the gradual growth we have anticipated as the United States starts to rebound from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 and the trade war with China,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.

As part of its recovery efforts, the Port of Long Beach has activated an internal Business Recovery Task Force that works with customers, industry partners, labor and government agencies to ensure terminal and supply chain operations continue without disruption, along with expediting shipments of crucial personal protective equipment.

May marked the first month in 2020 that cargo shipments rose at the nation’s second-busiest port, and followed seven consecutive months of declines attributed to the U.S.-China trade dispute and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Manufacturing in China continues to rebound from the effects of COVID-19, while demand for furniture, digital products and home improvement goods is increasing in the United States.

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Greenbrier Marine and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announce vessel delivery

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Greenbrier Marine, a division of The Greenbrier Companies, Inc., announced that it has delivered the OSG 204, a 204,000 barrel capacity oil and chemical tank barge for dual-mode ITB service pursuant to U.S. Coast Guard NVIC 2-81, Change 1.

The barge has been built in compliance with MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 13 Tier III standards regarding nitrogen oxide emissions within emission control areas. The state-of-the-art 581′ tank barge is among the largest in the history of Greenbrier Marine, with origins on the Willamette River in Portland dating to 1919.

The OSG 204 has been paired with an existing tug within the OSG fleet, the OSG Endurance, and will travel to the Gulf of Mexico, where it will contribute to OSG’s growing presence in the Jones Act trade.

The ATB unit has been fixed to a long-term charter commitment, with delivery to the charterer occurring late in the second quarter of 2020. Greenbrier Marine is also constructing a second sister barge, which has a scheduled delivery date during the fourth quarter of 2020.

“OSG is a great customer and a dedicated business partner and we appreciate the opportunity to work together on the construction of this vessel. The launching of OSG 204 was completed in December and the christening was celebrated on May 19 at the first virtual barge christening in the history of Greenbrier Marine, an adaptation necessitated by COVID-19,” said Richard Hunt, General Manager of Greenbrier Gunderson in Portland, Oregon.

“We are thankful for the collaborative work with OSG and all major equipment vendors and suppliers and are pleased to deliver this Jones Act-compliant barge as the start of a long-term relationship with OSG.”

“I am very pleased to add the OSG 204 into OSG’s fleet. I want to thank our site team and Greenbrier’s team for the high quality work on completing the OSG 204,” said Patrick O’Halloran, Chief Operations Officer for OSG. “I look forward to continuing the excellent cooperative relationship with Greenbrier Gunderson into the future.”

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Anchorage Launch Services signs lease for new commercial dock space at Port of Kalama

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Port of Kalama announced that Anchorage Launch Services has signed a contract to lease the Port’s new commercial dock and operate their maritime transportation services. The new tenant will use the dock as its Anchorage Launch Services Terminal to provide light cargo and commercial passenger services to the maritime shipping industry on the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland/Vancouver—and everywhere in between. Anchorage Launch Services delivers supplies, goods and products to ships to keep their operations moving efficiently.

“There is not a facility like the Port of Kalama’s commercial wharf on the entire Columbia River—this exceptional centrally-located facility includes a crane and forklift to keep us operating 24/7, 365 days a year and that enables us to serve ships more efficiently than ever,” says Alex Scott, chief operating officer, Anchorage Launch Services. “This new facility and home for our operations raises the bar on what we can offer our clients—our new terminal will save untold amounts of time and dollars for the maritime industry. This could not be a better location to serve commerce on the entire river.”

The Port modified and refurbished components of a barge to develop the long-planned commercial dock last year and prepare for a maritime client including furnishing and installing bulkheads, bullrails, fenders, ladders, new spud piles and a gangway landing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to have a maritime service provider like Anchorage Launch Services serving clients from our new commercial wharf,” says Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Not only will their presence here better serve our visiting commercial ships—and those at ports along the Columbia River—but the growing business will add local jobs and contribute to the local economy as operations get underway. We are delighted they have chosen the Port of Kalama to call home.”

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