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Archive for October, 2021

When a HazMat shipment is Rejected!

October 26th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Associations, DOT/UN, HazMat, Skolnik Newsletter

Rejected shipments are classified dangerous goods shipments that did not meet the regulatory requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations. A rejected shipment can be the result of incorrect shipping papers, damaged packagings, non-compliant packagings, wrong markings and labels, or other mistakes. International and national regulations are frequently changing and thus, it is increasingly difficult for an organization to be sure they are compliant with all the legal shipping requirements. An incorrect shipping label can stop your shipment for days or even weeks. This simple mistake can cost your business thousands of dollars in fees, repackaging expenses, and costly delays. There a also the risk of compromising your customer’s trust. Therefore, once your shipment is rejected, what should you do?

First, the shipper must inform their shipping agent of the rejection. At that point, the shipping agent should contact the companies that will provide assistance for compliance. If the shipping agent is not able to offer a corrective action, then the Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) has member specialists that can help via telephone or travel on-site and run your rejected shipment through a dangerous goods checklist to ensure your shipment complies with the regulations. Depending on the reason for rejection, the goal is to properly prepare your rejected shipment and get it back into transportation!

Click HERE to contact COSTHA.

US Air Carrier Violates Tarmac Delay Rule

October 19th, 2021 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

Recently. the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined a major US airline $1.9 million for violating federal statutes and the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. The airline was also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. This is the largest fine issued by the Department for tarmac delay violations.

An extensive investigation by the Department’s Office of Aviation

Consumer Protection (OACP) found that between December 2015 and February 2021, the airline allowed 20 domestic flights and 5 international flights at various airports throughout the United States to remain on the tarmac for a lengthy period of time without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane. The tarmac delays affected a total of 3,218 passengers.

Under the DOT tarmac delay rule, airlines operating aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited from allowing their domestic flights to remain on the tarmac for more than 3 hours at U.S. airports. International flights are prohibited to remain on the tarmac for more than 4 hours at U.S. airports without giving passengers an opportunity to leave the plane. The rule took effect 2010 and was expanded to include international flights in 2011. An exception exists for departure delays if the airline begins to return the aircraft to a suitable disembarkation point in order to deplane passengers by those times. An exception to the time limit is also allowed for safety, security, or air traffic control-related reasons. The rule also requires airlines to provide adequate food and water, ensure that lavatories are working and, if necessary, provide medical attention to passengers during long tarmac delays.

DOT’s aviation consumer protection website makes it easy for travelers to understand their rights. The page on tarmac delays can be found HERE.

Opening a 40 Year Old Bottle of Wine

October 12th, 2021 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

Writing on her website, James Beard Award-winning author Madeline Puckette writes:

“For most of us, opening old vintage wine is a once in a lifetime experience. Here are some things we learned while opening 40-year-old wine. The wine of the night was a 1979 Diamond Creek Cabernet, but can we open it? It’s not as easy as you think. Here are some things we learned about old vintage wine.

  1. The cork is super fragile. Opening an old bottle of wine is difficult with a standard wine opener. Why? Well, the cork becomes very fragile (and soaked with wine!) as it ages. You’re going to need something far more specialized because the cork is fragile (and usually soaked with wine!). Some wine professionals recommend an opener called an “Ah-So”.
  2. Old wine is rated by its “shoulder level.” Over time, wine evaporates through the cork of the bottle. This is especially true in dry climates. Some older bottle of wine will have a reduced amount of wine inside the bottle. The best condition is if the wine goes up to the neck of the bottle. Then, “high shoulder” is when the bottle is filled to just below the neck as the bottle expands outward. And finally, the worst condition is anything at “low shoulder” and below.

Acidity: The wine had higher acidity. It’s possible that this wine when it came out tasted pretty tart!

Tannin: Those astringent, mouth-drying tannins soften and become more leathery with age.

Fruit: Originally, this wine must have had loads of tart red and black fruit flavors because it still had them at 42 years old!

Balanced Alcohol: Today, most Napa Valley wines range between 14%–15% alcohol by volume. What was so surprising about the 1979 was that the label listed that it only had 12.4% ABV! That is pretty light-bodied by today’s standards.

It doesn’t seem possible that a dry red wine can age more than 20 years, let alone 40! I think the entire group including the winemaker, sommelier, collector, and author were all surprised and delighted at how good the old wine tasted.

Here at Skolnik Industries, using our stainless steel wine barrels will provide a long life. Note that our stainless steel wine barrels are durable, reusable, easy to clean, and recyclable at the end of their service life. Check out the full line of our Stainless Steel Wine Drums here.