BNSF brake safety technology expansion backed by railway carmen

BNSF’s mechanical division and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (BRC) are working together on a program that seeks to ensure brake health.

BRC is supportive of BNSF’s (NYSE: BRK) efforts to go before the Federal Railroad Administration and ask for the expansion of a test waiver that would enable both parties to continue work on BNSF’s brake health effectiveness (BHE) program, according to a joint news release from both groups Tuesday. 

“The BRC and BNSF are working together to support the expansion of a technology that has a positive impact on rail safety and train braking performance,” BRC General President Donald Grissom said in the news release.

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Deutsche Post DHL Group now just DHL

Deutsche Post DHL Group is changing its name to just DHL Group as of July 1, the company announced Monday.

Though Deutsche Post will continue to be used in Germany, the move reflects the world’s greater recognition of the DHL brand worldwide, CEO Tobias Meyer said in a statement.

“We are one of the most international companies in the world,” Meyer said. “Almost everywhere outside of Germany, we use only the DHL brand.”

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Panama Canal facing worst drought in a century

The government agency that manages the Panama Canal implemented transit restrictions in May, as a result of the canal’s driest spell in more than a century. Since then some large vessels have had to reduce container loads by roughly one-quarter, says the Wall Street Journal.

The restrictions are expanding over the coming weeks, with the allowable draft of vessels stepping down to 43 feet from the 50-foot peak level.

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