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Melbourne, Fla.—The past 16 months have been a real financial challenge for Port Canaveral just to run operations, support business lines and maintain a level of readiness for when the ships start sailing again. Our states’s seaports have suffered the economic effects of the pandemic not being able to see any light at the end of the tunnel just until now.

It was evident for executives at the Department of Transportation who went through the process of distributing $250 million in federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, among Florida’s fourteen seaports. Port Canaveral, —who’s finances were severely impacted given the fact that its income is 80% tourism based stemmed from the cruise industry—received more than $72 million, compared to Port Miami with close to $67 million, and Port Everglades with more than $58 million. Other smaller ports in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Palm Beach are responsible for 60% cruise industry annual traffic.

After a shut down that lasted more than a year this finally represents new hope, not only for the ships and port management, but businesses in the area —as well as commercial transportation tied to the tourism industry, and truck companies and logistics involved in provisions and other business segments.

After so much potential loss and sacrifice posed by this global health emergency, at Melbourne Truck Insurance we stress the fact that keeping your business well covered and protected from loss or damage is key. Sometimes having the proper insurance coverage can represent the difference between a path to recovery or going out of business. General contractors, local contractors, and subcontractors are commonly required to carry commercial truck insurance by the various laws and businesses they work for.

Also, a typical coverage for commercial vehicles includes:

Bodily Injury Liability - Coverage for damages that involve bodily injury to others for which you become responsible under law.

Property Damage Liability - Coverage for damage to property of others for which you become responsible under law.

Medical Payments - Coverage for reasonable and necessary medical expenses and funeral services for those who are accidentally injured while in your automobile or while getting into or out of your automobile.

Personal Injury Protection - Coverage for medical, hospital, rehabilitation, loss of wages or loss of services costs resulting from injury to you or any resident family member. In case of death to the insured or a resident family member, death benefits and survivor benefits, if applicable, will be provided.

There are plenty of other options for additional coverage that you can add to customize your protection depending your business type, amount of employees, and operation.

At Melbourne Truck Insurance, we understand the many challenges you and your company needs to deal with on a daily basis. Truck and commercial vehicle insurance should not be one of them.

Contact one of our local commercial/truck insurance agents to find out what options are available for your trucking and transportation business in the Palm Bay area, and help you start saving on the protections needed to keep it always afloat. Melbourne Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience that meet the insurance needs of your business.

Give us a call for a FREE consultation (321) 329-5556, at Melbourne Truck Insurance.


OSCAR PACHECO


LICENSED AGENT


Trucking Specialist


Bilingual:

English | Spanish


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Melbourne, Fla.—During the recent shutdown at the Colonial Pipeline in May, Floridians did not have to worry a lot about major gas shortages happening in our state. Although some supply issue were reported, they were mostly attributed to panic-buying— the reason is because Florida doesn’t get its gasoline from the pipeline, Colonial being the country’s largest.

The Colonial Pipeline carries gasoline and diesel from refineries in Texas, supplying states with fuel across the southeastern United States and up the eastern seaboard to the New York harbor. But, most of Florida’s fuel is delivered from Gulf Coast refineries via waterborne vessels, and for us in the Space Coast, Port Canaveral is among the Florida that regularly receive petroleum supplies.

In an effort to ease supply concerns, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a temporary "hours of service" exemption that applied to tanker trucks transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products. This exemption is something commonly seen after a hurricane or other natural disaster, and was applied to Florida and 17 other states like Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey which are in the direct path of the pipeline.

A shortage of tank truck drivers, dating back to the earliest days of the pandemic, when roads were far emptier and drivers weren't demanding so much gas, is now putting a strain on those still behind the wheel. The FMCSA issued a temporary HOS exemption in response to the crisis. This direct assistance ended when the driver or vehicle was used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provided services that were not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown, and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the affected states, or when the motor carrier dispatched a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce.

When it ended, the motor carrier and driver were once again subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399; however, a driver was able to return empty to the carrier’s terminal or normal reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399. In addition, the exemption states, when a driver was moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break was required when the total time a driver operated conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operation, equaled 14 hours.

At Melbourne Truck Insurance, we understand the many challenges you and your company needs to deal with on a daily basis. Truck and commercial insurance should not be one of them.

Contact one of our local commercial/truck insurance agents to find out what options are available for your trucking and transportation business in the Palm Bay area, and help you start saving on the protections needed to keep it always afloat. Melbourne Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience that meet the insurance needs of your business.

Give us a call for a FREE consultation (321) 329-5556, at Melbourne Truck Insurance.

HECTOR PEREZ


PRODUCER

Hector is a licensed insurance agent with vast experience as a Transportation Specialist.

Bilingual: English | Spanish

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Melbourne, Fla.—NASA’s aging drawbridge over the Indian River is in critical need of replacement. Built in 1964, the current NASA-owned bridge was designed to connect Titusville to Merritt Island. Over the decades, it's carried countless spacecraft, employees, visitors, tourists, and other hardware like pad infrastructure and building materials.

A 2017 NASA engineering study determined the existing drawbridge was approaching the brink of what could be considered safe for transporting heavy equipment, though passenger vehicles were not an immediate concern.

In recent news, the government announced the final signing of a federal $90 million source of funds, called Rebuilding America Grant.

Some of the most important tasks to cover by this project will be replacing the aging SR 405 causeway over the Indian River Lagoon, and widening 2.7 miles of Space Commerce Way to four lanes. An FDOT spokesperson confirmed the replacement will span 4,025 feet and have a minimum clearance of 65 feet, eliminating the need for a drawbridge that often backs up traffic when tall boats need to pass underneath. The current bridge runs 3,000 feet and only has a 28-foot vertical clearance.

“We are preparing for future growth, facilitating local commerce, and ensuring economic vitality for Florida’s booming Space Coast all while encouraging space freight mobility,” DeSantis said in a press release. The Space Force, which oversees the Eastern Range and other space-related facilities across the country, is exploring the possibility of merging Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and KSC to streamline operations.

The Space Commerce Way widening should begin in late 2022 and wrap up in late 2024. Project cost: $24 million.

These are great news to celebrate by businesses in the area, dedicated to the transportation of cargo, vehicles, materials, consumer goods and passenger transportation as well.

If that is your case, know that Melbourne Truck Insurance is here to help you protect your investment at times when you need it most. Coming from an economic slow down caused by the recent Covid-19 health emergency, it is now more important than ever to tap on every business opportunity that arises, to recover from all the financial damage caused by the global pandemic.

Florida Owners and operators of commercial trucks can't get by with a standard commercial auto insurance policy. In addition to protecting the cargo that they carry, truckers must consider the massive physical damage that can be caused by their trucks, the potential environmental issues an accident could cause, and the expensive cost to repair their large vehicles.

Sample of Commercial Trucks We Insure

  • Box trucks

  • Dump trucks

  • Flatbed trucks

  • Front loaders

  • Garbage trucks

  • Pickup trucks with standard or commercial beds

  • Cement and pump trucks

  • Refrigerated box trucks

  • Roll-on vehicles

  • Semi-trucks

  • Stake body trucks

  • Straight trucks

  • Tank trucks

  • Tow trucks

  • Tractors

  • Vocational trucks

Tractor Trailers We Insure

  • Auto hauler trailers

  • Bottom dump trailers

  • Bulk commodity trailers

  • Concession trailers

  • Dry freight trailers

  • Dump body trailers

  • Flatbed trailers

  • Gooseneck trailers

  • Horse trailers

  • Livestock trailers

  • Logging trailers

  • Lowboy trailers

  • Pole trailers

  • Refrigerated trailers

  • Tank trailers

  • Tilt trailers

  • Transfer boxes

  • Utility trailers

Contact one of our local commercial/truck insurance agents to find out what options are available for your trucking and transportation business in the Palm Bay area, and help you start saving on the protections needed to keep it always afloat. Melbourne Truck Insurance has the products and underwriting experience that meet the insurance needs of your business.

Give us a call for a FREE consultation (321) 329-5556, at Melbourne Truck Insurance.



OSCAR PACHECO

LICENSED AGENT





Trucking Specialist


Bilingual:

English | Spanish




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