3 CARRIERS PLAN UPGRADES
OF EXPRESS LOOP SERVICES
NEW YORK - Neptune Orient Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line and Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. are improving their express loop services in January.
The carriers had established separate express loop services, the Gulf-Karachi service and the South Asia service, in May. Next month, the consortium will add weekly calls at Port Klang, Malaysia, and Bahrain, in the gulf, to its schedule rotation.
The Port Klang service will offer Malaysian shippers an end-week direct sailing to the major Middle Eastern ports while the addition of Bahrain will improve transits from the Far East while boosting exports from Bahrain.
Expect heavy-duty X-rays
when traveling next year
WASHINGTON - Beginning in January, sophisticated X-ray machines designed to detect explosives in checked baggage will begin arriving in major U.S. airports.
Under a $52.2 million contract, 54 machines will be installed in 1997 by InVision Technologies of California, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday.
The new technology, already tested in San Francisco and Atlanta, goes beyond familiar X-ray machines passengers send their carry-on equipment through as they make their way toward gates.
The new CTX-5000 uses technology of medical CT scans to map objects inside luggage, combining these to create cross-sectional images. Old machines were designed to spot something obviously threatening, like a handgun, said FAA spokesman Bob Ropelewski. Checked baggage wasn't even scanned.
The contract follows increased security since TWA Flight 800 exploded last summer.
STB UNVEILS CURRENT
COST ADJUSTMENT FACTOR
WASHINGTON - The Surface Transportation Board has announced the latest calculations of the Railroad Cost Adjustment Factor, an indicator of rail expense levels that is used by some carriers and shippers to adjust long-term contract rates.
The cost adjustment factor, unadjusted for productivity, for the first quarter of 1997 is 1.116. The calculation after a productivity adjustment is 0.774.
TRUCKING GROUP OFFERS
REPORT ON INDUSTRY
WASHINGTON - The Truck Renting and Leasing Association released a survey showing that the industry generated more than $10 billion in revenue and employed more than 100,000.
Trala said its 700 member companies had more than 418,000 power units in service at the end of the survey year.
The survey, based on 1994 totals, was begun last year to demonstrate the scope and market power of the industry.