Those ships can sit out there for years waiting to unload,
For all I care.
I won't ever touch a port again.
Been there done that.
I got zero sympathy for the drivers doing it too.
If There dumb Enough put up with that nightmare
Everyday, they deserve minimum wage pay.
It was the same way 25 years ago and they
Haven't improved the working conditions one bit.
why the ports wont be unclogged anytime soon
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One in Michigan and one in Texas .
I worked the Atlanta terminal and they had several trains a day each with 80-100 trailers .
It was a huge operation , and now it’s all gone .
they had a terminal in Jacksonville and One in Harrisburg, and several others .
They had a huge fleet of trailers , most of which were sold to UPS and had the tongues cut off the front and hitch receivers torched off from under the back doors .
the bananas I hauled were in the refrigerated containers owned by Dole and Chiquita . It paid good because they needed them delivered quickly and the containers were too small to haul normal cargo back to the port .
I knew some guys that would dick aroid for a half day or all day getting a return load , but I just came back empty and grabbed another banana load . Back then , they had all the banana loads you could haul . I didn’t work that hard , I’d do one trip from Biloxi to Chicago , per week or maybe add a trip from Biloxi to BluefieId VA or Parkersburg and could clear $1000 from each trip,
with a truck I paid $15k cash for , I didn’t have to work that hard .
Other reefer drivers told me not to and said he's a dumbarse. I already knew that; even a university degree didn't make him smarter at all.
Started out driving with CRE hauling refrigerated containers into the Oakland container terminals about 10 years ago. Went to Long Beach and Seattle just a few times but almost always Oakland. You couldn't pay me enough to do that again. Those places were insane! It looked like an intersection in Hong Kong or Southeast Asia that you see in the movies. The Seattle yard was actually easy as their wasn't much traffic at that terminal. I wouldn't ever consider doing that again.
Just like toll collectors in the northeast if these longshoremen keep doing what they’re doing they may find themselves out of a job,being replaced by automation and electronics. Look at what the Chinese are doing at some of their ports(@Chinatown has posted it).
He was a chronic liar.
We called him "Mister Post-It Note" because he took dozens of phone calls every day and would take notes about returning calls and to whom. At the end of the day the threw all those notes in the trash can and never returned any calls. He cost the company a lot of money by not returning calls. He would say he didn't receive any calls.
Hasn't everyone teased a new driver at some point?
I once told a newbie to take a flat blade screwdriver, and every time they were about to hit the asphalt again, after being on a gravel road, to stop just at the hwy edge, and get all the rocks out of the tire tread. My claim was otherwise the rocks would unbalance the tires, and shake the truck apart at speed. Thing was he had to drive a gravel road several times per day.
My dad overheard me, and told the new guy to disregard that, spoiling my fun.Val_Caldera Thanks this.
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