Security Logistics – Todd Moore, ISB. Cargo Theft and What You Didn’t Know

This discussion reveals some of the cargo crime problems in Canada and skyrocketing statistics in comparison to the US, including a look at the root of the problem, the types of groups involved, their trade craft, and what makes them “organized”. This session will also examine the importance of a supply chain security program in combating cargo crime and examine the challenges and benefits of implementing this type of program.

Todd Moore is the Vice President of ISB Global Services Cargo Theft Division. He manages a comprehensive an innovative cargo loss prevention & supply chain security program designed to assist insurance companies, commercial transportation companies and police agencies with cargo crime mitigation solutions. Todd is a retired Police Detective with 31 years policing service. He has extensive investigative experience working in the Intelligence, Organized Crime and Robbery Units. During this time, he coordinated several covert investigations involving confidential human sources, police agents, undercover operators and wiretap investigations. Todd is a designated Certified Security Professional (C.S.P.).

Practical Approaches to Manage Driver Fatigue Risk

Fatigued drivers use more fuel, make more errors, and are more frequently involved in collisions.

Recently experts in the field spoke about the practical approaches to monitor for and manage driver fatigue risk. They also discussed case studies implementing software and other programs to mitigate driver fatigue and the impact of these programs in terms of reductions to safety critical events (e.g., hard braking), collisions, and operating costs.

Matthew van Wollen is a co-founder of Pulsar Informatics. Matthew holds a degree in Engineering Physics and has 20 years experience in transportation safety. He recently served as the lead project coordinator on two congressional mandated DOT studies of truck driver fatigue to aid the hours of service rule making process. He has co-authored several scientific publications in the domain of fatigue risk management and holds two U.S. technology patents for systems related to the monitoring and mitigation of fatigue risk.

Challenges Faced by Freight Companies Shipping the Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine

The vaccine which uses new, mRNA (messenger RNA technology) must be stored and transported at Ultra Low Temperatures (ULT) of between -76F and -122F, known as the ‘cold-chain’, the vaccine’s temperature is closely monitored from when it leaves the production site, during transportation, be that by air, land or sea, until it is received and checked at its final destination.

The messenger RNA (mRNA) which is used in this vaccine is very easily destroyed, and the only way to prevent it from degrading is to store it at these ULTs.

The boxes or specialist cool bags in which the vaccines are transported are all monitored minute-by-minute for changes in temperature. Each box contains a temperature tracker, which is separate to the regular refrigeration unit thermometer and data is send from each box to the person in charge of that box at ever point in transit.

The vaccine must maintain and not deviate from this ultra low temperature range during transportation for more than 20 minutes without risking potentially spoiling or reducing its efficacy.

The British prime minister said his country faced “immense logistical challenges” in distributing the vaccine, and they are far closer to where it is being produced.

These vaccines have to be transported from Pfizer’s manufacturing plant in Belgium to some of the most distant corners of the world, and that is massive logistical challenge at these Ultra Low Temperatures.

Most refrigerated trucks freezer’s only go down to around -20F, when you need to maintain an average temperature of -94F, most of the people used to hauling frozen food won’t be moving this new product.

To overcome this issue special containers are used and packed with dry ice which is the solid form of carbon dioxide which has a surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Truck carriers are often involved in the first and ‘last-mile’ of delivery in vaccine cold chains.

Moderna’s vaccine, which is also an RNA vaccine, requires below freezing temperatures for storage, but at a far more comfortable -4F, which could possibly be achieved in countries around the world which lack good road and rail infrastructure, which would make it difficult for even the best carriers to deliver the Pfizer vaccine.

Although dry ice isn’t that expensive to buy at around $1.00 to $3.00 per pound, there has been talk of a dry ice shortage, several dry ice producers in the US told CNN they’ve already had offers for their entire output.

One step ahead of the game, UPS have already invested in its own dry ice producing machines at depots and a company called SkyCell has claimed to have developed a special IoT-enabled, temperature-controlled air freight containers that will allow the safe transportation of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, regardless of outside temperatures.

As if the real world obstacles weren’t bad enough, phishing emails were sent out in an attempt to hack organisations linked to the Cold Chain Equipment Optimisation Platform (CCEOP) back in December 2020.

At the time of writing, the specialist task of cold chain transport in America has been left to FedEx Express & UPS in partnership with Operation Warp Speed, who are well versed in this type of operation.

Their teams have years of experience moving pharmaceutical goods which are highly temperature sensitive and often employ a two person team on each truck, a bit like on a commercial airliner, to ensure the load is never left unattended, and a backup driver is always avaiable should there be any issues with the primary driver.

Developing that expertise “took us about 10 years, You can’t haul chicken nuggets and then transport oncology drugs.”

Andrew Boyle, co-president of Boyle Transportation

While countries like America, Canada and most of central Europe have good infrastructure and freight companies who are adept at maintaining the ‘cold chain’ that is required with this vaccine, many others do not, and delivering the vaccine there will be an even bigger challenge for all involved in the process.

Especially in places where not every road has asphalt and not every healthcare centre has refrigeration.

Truck Carriers Events 2021

Truckload Carriers Association Convention

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, USA. March 7-9
TBC

Mid-America Trucking Show

Posponed until further noticed due to COVID-19. 25-27 March
More information click here.

TIA 2021 CONFERENCE

Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge. April 7-10
Info.

TRUCKLOAD 2021: LAS VEGAS

Truckload 2021: Vegas will be taking place in April 2021. April 17-20
More information here.

Truck Renting and Leasing Association AM
San Antonio, JW Marriott San Antonio. April 11-14
Website.

NPTC 2021
NPTC will hold the 2021 Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH. June 13-15
Information.




Truckload 2020

February 29 to March 3 – 2020 Orlando

Exhibit Information:

100+ Industry Suppliers
22,000+ Sq. Ft. of Exhibit Space

What’s Included:

  • Onsite access to all educational sessions, committee meetings, networking functions and the exhibition hall. Please note: fees do not include events marked (invite only/separate ticket) on the program.
  • No charge access to the Trucking in the Round recordings, handouts and presentations following the convention on Truckload Academy. A $399.00 value if purchased separately.
  • Access to TCA’s special discounted hotel room rate at the Gaylord Palms Resort (reservations must be made separately).

A link to download the 82nd Annual Convention app featuring ways to connect with other attendees, hotel & exhibition hall maps, further information on speakers, hosts and exhibitors along with the attendee list.

The meeting will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Upon registering, you will be e-mailed a link to make your hotel reservation.

Schedule at a Glance
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Exhibit Move-in

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Registration

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. - Officers Meeting (invite only)

6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Kick-Off/Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Past Chairmen’s Dinner (invite only)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - Registration

7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Move-in

7:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Committee Meetings

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. - Trucking in the Rounds #1

2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. - Executive Panel

3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. - Board of Directors’ Meeting

4:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Exhibition & Reception

Monday, March 2, 2020

7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Registration

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - General Session

10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Exhibition and Lunch

12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Trucking in the Rounds #2

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. - Executive Panel

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. - Best Fleets to Drive For Reception

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Freightliner Reception

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Truckload Strong TopGolf Event (ticketed – additional charge)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Registration

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

8:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. - General Session

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Exhibition and Lunch

1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. - Trucking in the Rounds #3

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. - Executive Panel

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. - Closing Reception

6:15 p.m.-9:00 p.m. - Annual Banquet

Truckload 2021: Las Vegas – Save the Date! Truckload 2021: April 17-20