Diesel Supply Shortage?

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Dave T.'s Comment
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This summer when gas was getting scarce I was about to start loading at Kinder Morgan and the screen displayed, "Low Allocation Warning, 89 gallons remaining". So I quickly loaded 9000 gallons lol. I told my dispatcher and they just laughed, "Good! You got the last drop of allocation and then some!"

That’s hilarious! We’ve had a few instances of that at KM here in Roanoke. Im hoping they’ll let me go down to Greensboro sometime to load so I can get carded down there too.

I try to wave at the other tanker drivers but I get a lot of dirty looks when I drive past them when they’re lined up 10 trucks deep trying to get in to load. It’s kinda nice to drive on around everyone and right to the gate.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PackRat's Comment
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I read that the governors of both South Dakota and Nebraska have declared a fuel shortage emergency. The HOS rules have been waived for those tanker drivers delivering and loading petrol (not exclusively diesel) within each state.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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I read that the governors of both South Dakota and Nebraska have declared a fuel shortage emergency. The HOS rules have been waived for those tanker drivers delivering and loading petrol (not exclusively diesel) within each state.

I guess I missed hearing about other regions shortages? Maybe our area isn't as bad off after all.

Trying to possibly get carded at Buckeye tomorrow. Hope all you tankers didn't drink the diesel dry during my one day off.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave T.'s Comment
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Trying to possibly get carded at Buckeye tomorrow. Hope all you tankers didn't drink the diesel dry during my one day off.

I spend the majority of my days offloading at the buckeye terminal. They’re a lot more laid back than the KM’s here in town. I’m not a fan of their computer system though. Hopefully it’ll change after the first of the year.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Trying to possibly get carded at Buckeye tomorrow. Hope all you tankers didn't drink the diesel dry during my one day off.

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I spend the majority of my days offloading at the buckeye terminal. They’re a lot more laid back than the KM’s here in town. I’m not a fan of their computer system though. Hopefully it’ll change after the first of the year.

Oh man, no kidding. That lane 3 has an arm computer that has a shutdown error so common they printed and stuck on the access code to clear it. Took almost 10 minutes today to fill 2700 premium after clearing it about 20 times.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dennis L's Comment
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Not to get too political, but I received this weekly update from my US Rep, Bruce Westerman (R), from Arkansas 4th District that concerns the energy and diesel supply. Gives some insight as to what is being considered in DC. He points out 7 states to be impacted most by diesel supply issues.

This week, reports from the Energy Information Administration have caused fuel companies to sound the alarm, warning of a dire shortage of diesel in the Southeast. As of October 28, United States has a 25-day supply of diesel in reserves.

Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee will be impacted by the shortage the most, but rising costs will affect every industry. Diesel is the basic building block of our supply chain. It is a necessity for farmers to grow food and for truck drivers to deliver goods across the country. Without diesel, our supply chain would come to a grinding halt. As a result of the shortage, November delivery prices have surged almost 40%.

The Biden Administration says they are keeping a close eye on diesel inventories and are working to boost supplies. House Democrats are asking President Biden to release some of the diesel reserves from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve in New England to bring prices down as we enter the colder months. Simply robbing our reserves over and over again is unsustainable and dangerous. We should never come this close to emptying our reserves because energy security is national security. The U.S. should always have adequate reserves to ensure our energy sector is resilient in the event of an attack or a natural disaster. The Administration is reportedly threatening to cut military aid to Saudi Arabia to punish their decision to reduce oil production. The U.S. should never be held to the mercy of foreign powers like OPEC+ for our energy supply, especially when the U.S. produces energy cleaner and more efficiently than the countries from which President Biden insists on importing oil.

The likelihood of truly running out of diesel is low. Refineries will continue to produce diesel and we will continue to import energy, but prices will rise, further harming American families who are struggling from inflation.

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese acknowledged that diesel levels are “unacceptably low” and all options are on the table to address the situation. The easiest, and most lasting solution that seems to be ignored by the Administration is to boost domestic energy production. Instead of strangling the energy industry in red tape, while simultaneously accusing energy companies of price gouging, President Biden must allow companies to boost production by raising the number of oil leases and expediting permitting.

If Republicans take back the House and I become Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, I will ensure U.S. energy independence is addressed as one of Republicans’ first priorities in the new Congress. My bill, the Transparency and Production of American Energy Act, will streamline our energy infrastructure, incentivize innovation, and cut the red tape, and prevent any president from imposing bans on federal energy leasing and mineral withdrawals in the future.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

PackRat's Comment
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Yeah, "the White House is monitoring the situation." That doesn't give any hope. The Idiot-In-Chief caused it all.

Suicide Jockey's Comment
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Getting a little hard to find tonight. All but one of our suppliers was out of ULSD allocation at KM. There was a Loves driver that had hit every terminal in Selma looking for ULSD to bring down to their Dillion SC location. Apparently they had zero allocation remaining and he was being sent to Charlotte to try again.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

PackRat's Comment
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Getting a little hard to find tonight. All but one of our suppliers was out of ULSD allocation at KM. There was a Loves driver that had hit every terminal in Selma looking for ULSD to bring down to their Dillion SC location. Apparently they had zero allocation remaining and he was being sent to Charlotte to try again.

That would be as maddening as the wild goose chases searching for empty trailers. "Try here, try here, now go there and look...."

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Dennis L's Comment
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Cutting military aid to Saudi Arabia as punishment for cutting oil production is a joke. Saudi Arabia has aligned itself with China CCP per recent articles.

Trump sold military arms to Saudi Arabia as a deterrent against Iran and to gain support for his Israel Abraham Accord peace deals, which are based upon business trade between the Arab countries and Israel.

Netanyahu coming back as Israeli PM will be interesting to see what unfolds.

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