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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program In Crisis- Commentary Five

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This is a weekly Supply Chain Matters update on our ongoing coverage of the latest crisis involving Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner program, that being the grounding of all operational aircraft. In our previous Commentary Four posting on February 4th, we noted that the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had reached out to experts within Naval Surface Warfare Center and a battery expert from the U.S. Department of Energy in conducting ongoing tests of the lithium-ion battery and its related electrical systems. The NTSB was further made aware by Boeing of the prior battery replacement history of the aircraft and will use these data to determine any relevance. After formally reporting quarterly earnings, Boeing’s CEO Jim McNerney indicated confidence that a root cause will be determined and further played down reports that the aircraft had a succession of battery problems that led up to the grounding. He is also quoted as […]

Time to Address the Critical State of U.S. Ports and Waterways Infrastructure

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In light of the current renaissance occurring in U.S. based manufacturing and their associated supply chains, we were taken back a recent article which describes an important component to increased momentum. The February 2nd edition of the Economist magazine featured an article; Crying Out for Dollars, (paid subscription or free metered view) which drove home the fact that underinvestment in U.S. ports and inland waterways imperils U.S. competitiveness. The number and size of ships calling on U.S. ports is on the increase. After the widening of the Panama Canal is competed in 2014, larger ships will be able to call upon U.S. Gulf and east coast ports. Yet, just seven U.S. container ports can accommodate larger ships, with only one in the southern portion of the U.S. The boom in new sources of crude and natural gas within the interior U.S. regions of Montana and the Dakota’s increase the dependency […]