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PAGE: Beware of Bilge LoadsAugust 21, 2018

Earlier this year, many PAGE members in Oregon started finding newsprint deliveries using bilge loads were becoming problematic. Bilge loads are unique, as they require the paper rolls to be loaded on the curved side of the roll versus the flat end and trucking companies are beginning to avoid them.

The United States faces a severe trucker shortage. On top of that, bilge loads create training and safety issues for trucking companies. This means that drivers can be picky and unusual, challenging, or dangerous loads are being shunned.

In the past other types of trucks with walking floor trailers or curtains have been used but those specialty carriers are also in short supply.
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