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Who built our industry? Help IAM recognize them with a Hall of Honor nomination
Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to our industry or has influenced it through innovation or service? If your answer is “Yes,” then help IAM recognize these individuals by submitting a Hall of Honor Nomination.

Nominations can be submitted by filling out the HoH nomination form or logging into your account on the IAM website and selecting the "Hall of Honor Nomination" tab on your self-service menu. Nominations must be received at the IAM office no later than April 1.

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS. It's down to the wire.
Final notices are being readied. If you have not paid your company's outstanding invoice by April 18, your company name will not appear in the IAM 2014-2015 print and online Membership Directory. To ensure your business partners can easily find you, renew your IAM membership today by paying online with a credit card, or by check or bank wire. For assistance, contact Accounts@IAMovers.org.
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Where can you invest $100 USD and receive $1,000 USD in value?
What if your company could participate in a program that cost only $100 USD per year but would provide more than $1,000 USD in benefits? That would be a solid deal, right?

IAM's Receivable Protection Program (RPP) does just that. Each year, IAM Members who participate in the program pay just $100 USD annually and they take advantage of the following benefits:
  • Receive the monthly IAM Alleged Debtor List, which names the IAM member companies that are allegedly delinquent on payments owed to other IAM members
  • Submit claims to IAM for compensation on any delinquent invoice stemming from a commercial household goods shipment. This feature provides RPP Members with insurance against all other IAM members.
  • Request IAM intervention on any invoice owed by another IAM member regardless of the amount outstanding. [Invoice must be at least 90 days old.]
  • Display the RPP logo next to your company's name in IAM Directory – and find other RPP members who share your concern about protecting your company from bad debts.
Together, these benefits provide RPP participating companies with more than $1,000 USD in value. Still have questions? Find out more about the RPP - including an application form to join - on the IAM website.

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IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Regional Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium
IAM has publicized the upcoming ILN Regional Meeting in previous editions of the ePortal. This message is to notify you that we are in the process of finalizing the planning of the meeting and will be sending the registration details out very shortly in a special eBlast message to the ILN membership.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

May 20
Welcome Reception / Dinner

May 21
Breakfast at Hotel, followed by a tour of the Gosselin Group facility in Antwerp
Lunch, followed by a tour of Antwerp Port
Return to hotel; free evening

May 22
Breakfast at Hotel
ILN Networking and Business Session
Conclusion of meeting

Due to the availability of sleeping rooms and meeting space, attendee slots will be limited to 35 people. If you have any questions or are interested in attending, contact BrianL@IAMovers.org.

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IAM 52nd Annual Meeting: Suggest a Knowledge Lab Session — or Offer to Lead One!
IAM is in full planning mode for the 52nd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. As we review topics for the Knowledge Lab, we want to invite your input on topics you'd like to see covered in these 50-minute learning sessions.

Knowledge Labs can be led by one to two speakers or a panel of experts. If there is a topic you want to see discussed, or if you want to organize and lead the discussion, please respond with your ideas to Janet.Seely@IAMovers.org.

What's on your mind? Sales, Marketing, Social Media? Customs Regulation, Cultural Differences? What do you want to learn more about? Just let us know.

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May 1 deadline to apply for tuition assistance!
Each year, the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 scholarships to assist the employees of IAM member companies and their dependents, and Student Members of IAM, with college or university tuition. Click here for more information on eligibility and how to apply. Please note that all applications must be received by May 1, 2014.

Would you like to donate to the Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund? Click here to make a difference in an IAM student's life.

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Vancouver truckers' strike hits shippers
Longshore & Shipping News
The delivery of local imported cargo at Port Metro Vancouver is being interrupted as the standoff between striking truckers and the Canadian government showed no signs of ending. With the strike entering its third week, and truck traffic at Canada's largest port down to a trickle, marine terminals are running out of storage space. The terminals are accepting intermodal rail cargo that is not truck dependent, but they will not offload imported containers destined for the Vancouver area.
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DOT proposes use of electronic logbooks to improve efficiency, safety in commercial bus & truck industries
FMCSA
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposal to require interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the safety rules that govern the number of hours a driver can work. The proposed rulemaking would significantly reduce the paperwork burden associated with hours-of-service recordkeeping for interstate truck and bus drivers - the largest in the federal government following tax-related filings - and improve the quality of logbook data.
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SIRVA acquires self-move, self-storage franchisor
PR Newswire
SIRVA Worldwide, Inc., a leading global relocation and moving services provider, has acquired SMARTBOX, a Virginia-based portable moving and storage services company. The business will continue to operate under the SMARTBOX brand and will maintain its 19 franchise locations throughout the United States and call center operations in Richmond, Virginia. Founder, CEO and franchise-owner Bryan Bostic will also continue to operate as a franchisee and will provide consulting services to SIRVA.
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Hanjin to stay at Port of Portland
American Shipper
Hanjin Shipping announced that it will continue calling the Port of Portland on a weekly basis. Last fall, the Asian shipper told port officials, including terminal operator ICTSI Oregon, that it would pull its business from Portland if rising costs and productivity issues at Terminal 6, including an ongoing labor dispute, weren't addressed.
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China to bypass Malacca Strait by Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand
China Daily Mail
The trade route to the Indian Ocean through the Malacca Strait has the problems of pirates, shipwrecks, haze, sediment and shoals. Its rate of accidents is twice as high as the Suez Canal and four times higher than the Panama Canal.
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Piracy hasn't gone away
Neptune Maritime Security
After over a year without a successful hijack by Somalia-based pirates, it is tempting to forget about the issue. That would be very wrong for two reasons. One is that some 50 seafarers are still being held ashore in Somalia. Freeing them ought to be top priority for governments, but it is not.
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Stealth frigate joins anti-piracy patrols in waters off Somalia
The Star
Singapore is joining international anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden for the ninth time since 2009. 151 servicemen from the Singapore Armed Forces left for a three-month stint to protect merchant ships against pirate attacks in the waters off Somalia.
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Great Lakes ice cover among worst in 40 years
American Journal of Transportation
The Great Lakes saw some of their worst ice cover in nearly four decades because of a frigid winter with months of below-freezing temperatures in large sections of the northern United States, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration said. As of Thursday, 92.2 percent of the five lakes were under ice, breaking a record set in 1973 but still short of the 94.7 percent set in 1979, the federal agency said. The area under ice this winter covered about 86,000 square miles, which is a little bit larger than the state of Minnesota.
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9 things great leaders do in difficult times
Inc.
Great leadership seems easy when things are good and everybody's happy. When times grow tough, however, a leader's true colors are revealed. Do you know what to do as a leader when you're suddenly under fire? Here's a guide from someone who led in a real firefight.
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MEMBER NEWS


Leadership changes at Ocean Group
Ocean Group
Ocean Group announced that Mark Kedem, Ocean Relocation's DSP Manager since 2000, has decided to step down from his role in order to begin a new career in tour guiding. Until a permanent replacement is found to fill the position, Narda Korakin will be the Interim Manager of the DSP Department and will perform all the tasks normally carried out by Kedem.

Daniel Drenger has joined the staff as Ocean Group's VP Marketing and Client Development. He moves into his new role after completing his Masters of Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science and having worked for two years in a leading international law firm in London. Daniel will head the Marketing team and be responsible for planning and leading the client relationship program and client development initiative to enable the company to achieve its strategic aims.

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Atlas Van Lines expands its agency network
Atlas Van Lines
Atlas Van Lines has recently added the following companies to its agency network:

  • Tucson, Arizona-based Ralph's Moving and Storage, locally owned and family operated since 1926, has joined Atlas Van Lines. Ralph's Moving and Storage will continue serving Southern Arizona, Southern New Mexico and the city of El Paso, Texas, with its focus on residential, commercial, intrastate (within the state) and interstate (across state lines) moves, as well as full-service storage.

  • Miami, Florida-based Morales Moving & Storage has been serving the city along with its neighboring Miami-Dade and Broward counties for more than 20 years. As an Atlas agent, the company will continue to serve the region with a continuous focus on household goods moving, office and industrial storage, international relocation, specialty items and bar-coded document storage.

  • Louderback-Ace Logistics, focused on offering specialized product transportation as well as warehousing and distribution services, serves the local market of Philadelphia, Pa., along with the surrounding tri-state area including Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in addition to customers nationwide.

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    Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals takes lead at PMA Safety Awards
    The Pasha Group
    Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals (PST) received top honors at the recent Pacific Maritime Association's Annual Safety Awards Banquet in Long Beach.

    PST scored first place in the Coast Accident Improvement, Coast Class B Stevedore Accident Prevention, LA/LB Injury Rate Improvement Award, Coast Group C Mechanic Operations, and Coast Accident Prevention Award Group B, Stevedore Operations categories. PST was also recognized with Coast 3 Year Zero Incident and Coast 1 Year Zero Incident Awards.

    "In 2012, we implemented additional safety precautions," says Bill McKinley, Senior Director. "The team not only made sure these particular rules were met, they also kept the cargo flowing at the same time. We are extremely proud of the PST team and their ongoing commitment to safety."

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    Ship loses more than 500 containers in heavy seas
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    On any day, between 5 million and 6 million containers are on the high seas, carrying everything from potato chips to refrigerators. But not all of them make it to their destination, as the crew of the Svendborg Maersk have just found out. Their Danish-flagged ship was in the Bay of Biscay recently as hurricane-force winds battered the Atlantic coast of Europe. Amid waves of 30 feet and winds of 60 knots, the Svendborg began losing containers off northern France.

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    On any day, between 5 million and 6 million containers are on the high seas, carrying everything from potato chips to refrigerators. But not all of them make it to their destination, as the crew of the Svendborg Maersk have just found out. Their Danish-flagged ship was in the Bay of Biscay recently as hurricane-force winds battered the Atlantic coast of Europe. Amid waves of 30 feet and winds of 60 knots, the Svendborg began losing containers off northern France.

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