Transportation, Cargo, Marine (Inland and Ocean) News

Los Angeles Port Sees Air Pollution Levels Dip

Harbor officials say efforts to reduce air pollution at the Port of Los Angeles are working. Authorities on Monday say diesel particulate levels dropped 7 percent last year compared to 2012 – an 80 percent reduction since 2005. Nitrogen oxide levels …

Texas Leads U.S. in Road Fatalities, Needs Transportation Funding

Gus Pando lost his mother last year in a crash at an intersection where a county road crossed four lanes of vehicles barreling by at 75 miles an hour. At the same Odessa, Texas, junction in August, a family friend …

Canada Eyes Insurance Pollution Fund for Oil-By-Rail Risks

The Canadian government is looking at extending the insurance burden for crude-by-rail disasters beyond just railways and is weighing the idea of a special fund similar to one once set up for maritime oil spills, a government official said. The …

Arkansas Kicks Off $2B Highway Improvement Program

State transportation officials marked the start of a nearly $2 billion construction program to improve and widen roadways in a ceremony on April 16 in Little Rock. The event officially kicked off the department’s Connecting Arkansas Program, a $1.8 billion …

ACE Introduces Passenger Accident Insurance for Motor Carriers

ACE Group has introduced standalone passenger accident insurance for motor carriers. The coverage provides accidental death and dismemberment and accident medical/dental expense benefit coverage for authorized passengers who are injured while traveling with a driver who is working under the …

Insurers to Illinois Lawmakers: Regulate Commercial Rideshare Insurance Coverage

Two of the nation’s largest property/casualty insurer trade associations have weighed in with Illinois lawmakers on the subject of insurance coverage for commercial rideshare companies, saying such companies should be regulated in the same manner as other “for hire” auto …

Competing Bills to Address Safety of Oil Transport In Washington

Washington state lawmakers are considering competing measures that try to address potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a mostly Republican-backed bill that would study …

Delta General Adds Moss as Transportation Underwriter

Houston-based Delta General Agency Corp. announced that Craig Moss has joined the property/casualty insurance wholesale broker as senior transportation underwriter. Moss has been in the insurance industry for 17 years, most recently with Brazos Specialty Risk Inc. in Dallas. He …

Gridiron Insurance Underwriters Launches New Inland Marine E-Portal Product

Gridiron Insurance Underwriters, Inc., a program manager that specializes in program business on a regional and national basis through select retail and wholesale producers, will release a new inland marine product called Inland Pro E-Portal on August 20, 2013. The …

Northwest Harvest Food Banks Win in Potato Loss

Washington food banks are benefiting from a business accident involving 46,000 pounds of dehydrated mashed potatoes. After the container filled with the dehydrated potatoes fell off a truck last week on their way to Seattle for shipment to Japan, the …