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Canada's Raitt proposes changes to 'dangerous goods' transportation regs
Canada's Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt recently proposed amending regulations governing the transportation of dangerous goods. The proposal would broaden the scope of the original reporting requirements and improve emergency respond and risk analysis.
The amendments, which would apply to all transportation sectors, would also allow Transport Canada to establish "more effective regulations" in the future, according to a press release issued by Raitt's office.
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Freight brokerage: What the warehouse manager needs to know
By Ken Ackerman
A freight broker is a company or individual who serves as a liaison between a buyer of transportation and one or more carriers. Many shippers have this instantly negative reaction to freight brokerage, but the reality is somewhat different. Transportation giants, such as BNSF Logistics, C.H. Robinson and Schneider National, realize a significant portion of their revenue from freight brokerage operations. Freight brokers fill a pivotal role, particularly when transportation is in short supply.
Price of diesel dips to $2.87 per gallon
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down again for the third straight week, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.
The average price fell by 0.014 cents per gallon to $2.87 per gallon, nationally. Prices are still down by $1.012 compared to this time last year.
Average diesel prices are down nationally for the third straight week since peaking at $2.914 per gallon.
AAR reiterates push toward PTC
As the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held the latest in a growing collection of hearings on Positive Train Control, the Association of American Railroads reiterated its oft-repeated message that the industry is fully committed to PTC, despite facing a year-end deadline that many — including some key members of Congress — agree cannot be met.
Toronto's train to the plane
Toronto, Canada's largest city, joined the ranks of those with air-rail links when the 14.5-mile Union Pearson Express train service began public operation recently.
The trains connect Union Station, the city's intercity and commuter rail center, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, with Lester B. Pearson International Airport in the adjoining city of Mississauga, northwest of Union.
Intermodal stays on growth curve
For the week ending June 6, 2015, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 550,037 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year, as carload traffic dipped and intermodal grew, the Association of American Railroads reported.
Total U.S. carloads for the week were 268,722 carloads, down 8.1 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 281,315 containers and trailers, up 4.3 percent compared to 2014.
AAR files appeal new oil-by-rail rule
Recently, the Association of American Railroads filed an agency appeal with the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding its new crude-by-rail rules.
The rail association said the DOT should remove a requirement for an expensive new braking system that rail executives assert is unproven. The appeal also asks for enhanced thermal protection for tank cars, as well as to fully eliminate the usage of older tank cars considered unsafe for carrying flammable liquids.
Makers of collision-mitigation systems say they pay for themselves
Representatives of Bendix and Meritor Wabco, the two major suppliers of safety devices that warn drivers of impending collisions, are glad to see renewed attention put on their products by recommendations issued this week by the National Transportation Safety Board. But they say they don't necessarily want to see them mandated on trucks.
And they make a point of calling the products "collision mitigation" systems, because they cannot promise to eliminate accidents, only to reduce their severity.
Shell: No single solution available to meet looming 'energy challenge'
A surging world population and a global shift towards urban living will create unprecedented demand for energy by 2050, but where will that energy come from?
Shell has given considerable attention to this issue, which it dubs the looming "energy challenge."
"Our world's energy demand is increasing," said Dr. Selda Gunsel, vice-president, global commercial technology with Shell Lubricants. She predicted energy demand will double, or even triple, by 2050, when the human population is expected to reach nine billion.
Jettainer secures first Canadian customer
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Canada-based KF Aerospace — formally Kelowna Flightcraft — has awarded Jettainer the management and servicing of its airfreight loading devices. A loading celebration of the first ULD was held June 11 at KF Aerospace’s long-haul services facility in Toronto.
Jettainer will manage a fleet of more than 700 ULDs, mostly pallets, for KF Aerospace. Services include ULD management, steering, positioning, repair and maintenance.
UAE airports, airlines poised to continue explosive growth
By Matt Falcus
Controversy between the U.S. and Middle East carriers may be rife, but the explosive growth of the region's airports and airlines is not showing any signs of slowing over the next decade. An investment of $68 billion is now in place to provide growth in the airports of the United Arab Emirates, which count Abu Dhabi, Dubai International and Dubai Al Maktoum among its number, alongside the smaller Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah airports.
New option for shipping high value items
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UPS Capital, a subsidiary of UPS, has acquired Parcel Pro, an independent logistics provider for the jewelry, watch and collectibles industry. Parcel Pro provides online tracking and visibility, e-reporting, Web access and shipping, including via smartphone applications.
Ronald Chang, president of UPS Capital, said that many jewelers have insurance policies that cover their inventory, but that insurance doesn't always cover shipping losses.
Suez Canal to open new route August 6
Egypt's new $4 billion Suez Canal route will officially open on August 6, according to a senior canal official.
The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Mohab Mamish, said that all dredging works at the new Suez Canal project would be completed in mid-July.
"Only 54 days are left for the opening ceremony of this mega economic project," Mamish said during a press briefing at the SCA headquarter in Egypt's Ismailia city. "Nearly 85 percent of the dredging work has been achieved."
New bi-national public affairs program announced for Seaway partners
The American Great Lakes Ports Association in partnership with the Lake Carriers' Association, Fednav Limited, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation have jointly sponsored a new bi-national public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership. The program officially launched with the unveiling of a new website.
The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership brings together U.S. and Canadian maritime organizations working to enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region of North America.
Drewry: Make-up of 'Top 20' carriers changing
Maersk Line has set the model that the rest of the shipping industry has tried to follow — targeting economies of scale, lowering unit costs and network optimization. This has allowed the company to lower its break-even line more than other lines, according to Drewry Maritime Research. But with rates now at historical lows and bunker costs rising, the maritime analysts assert that even a company of Maersk's stature will feel the pinch.
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