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Attitude is a Choice Attitude is a Choice

Attitude is a Choice

The New Year is off to a great start and I choose to say so.

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On the top of my list of New Year’s resolutions is to be less tolerating of negative people.  I came to the conclusion that somewhere along the line I became conditioned to accept negative people for who they are as if they are a protected class or culture. The quiet head-nodding or placating the occasional habitual whiner is what a leader does to demonstrate compassion and patience right?  

Reeling in Vehicle Recalls Reeling in Vehicle Recalls

Reeling in Vehicle Recalls

Fleets Need to Make Recall Management a Priority

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Managing vehicle recall notifications is serious business. In each case, a specific vehicle issue has been discovered that could affect the safety of the operator, passengers or general public.  Why then, do a considerable number of recalls remain open despite the manufacture’s dire warnings and notifications?  Recall management is a real and growing problem for fleet operators...

Shipping rates reach record highs as historic drought at the Panama Canal causes delays (9/27/2023)

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Delays at the Panama Canal because of low water levels are causing very large gas carrier (VLGC) rates to reach record highs, increasing the cost of shipping liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The Panama Canal is a major energy transit point, and water levels at its crucial Gatún Lake, were below the 10-year (2013-2022) range in July and August (Figure 1). According to the Panama Canal Authority (APC), water levels are the lowest since at least 1995-the APC publishes no earlier data. The APC forecasts water levels at Gatún Lake to remain below the 10-year range through October and November. ...

U.S. petroleum products exports set new record in the first half of 2023 (9/20/2023)

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U.S. exports of petroleum products grew 2% to nearly 6.0 million barrels per day (b/d) in the first half of 2023 (1H2023) compared to the same period in 2022, the most first-half-of-the-year exports in our Petroleum Supply Monthly data, which date back to 1981. Exports of propane and other hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGLs) drove the increase, as exports of other major petroleum products such as motor gasoline, distillate fuel oil, and jet fuel all decreased compared with 1H22. Export growth in the first half of 2023 was lower than growth in the first half of 2022, when exports quickly rose to meet increased demand in Europe after the region took measures to reduce imports from Russia. U.S. exports of crude oil also continued to increase in 1H23, rising to 4.0 million b/d, 19% higher than 1H22. ...

Permian Region operators are drilling shorter wells, decreasing effects of higher input costs (9/13/2023)

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Permian operators are drilling shorter wells, blunting the effects of rising costs of oil and natural gas production. Shorter wells help mitigate higher prices for inputs such as iron and steel tubing. In particular, these operators are moving away from drilling deep wells, which take longer to drill and require more materials, and are instead focusing on short- or medium-depth wells. ...