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As 2014 comes to a close, CITA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the CITA News Bulletin a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 15.


Composite shipping containers could transform global trade
Cargo Business
From April 10: The shipping container has remained pretty much unchanged since American Malcolm McLean invented it in 1956. But carbon fiber composites could transform this staple of global trade, according to Stephan Lechner of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. The composite container is more expensive than the typical steel container, but its lighter weight would make it more effective in the long run by saving fuel costs. A composite container could cost about $8,300 versus $3,050 for the steel version.
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TransForce to take over Contrans in mega-merger
Truck News
From July 31: Canada's largest trucking firm, TransForce, has made a friendly, board-approved takeover bid for Contrans, another of Canada's largest, publicly traded trucking firms. The proposed deal was for $14.60 per share, totaling an equity purchase price of about $495 million. The deal has the support of Contrans' board of directors. "I have admired the progress of Contrans for some time," said TransForce Chairman, President and CEO Alain Bedard. "Contrans has a culture similar to that of TransForce, strategically acquiring companies that add value for its shareholders."
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Transport Canada takes action in response to TSB's initial Lac-Mégantic recommendations
Government of Canada
From April 24: The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced decisive actions to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's initial recommendations regarding the ongoing investigation into the Lac-Mégantic train derailment. Following the tragic accident last summer, Transport Canada took immediate steps to protect Canadians and the communities along our country's railway lines. The Government of Canada is building upon this work by introducing concrete measures to further strengthen Canada's regulation and oversight of rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods.
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Truckers serving Canada's largest port go on strike
NASDAQ
From March 13: Hundreds of container-truck drivers serving Canada's largest port walked off the job, threatening to stall the movement of resources and consumer goods between Canada and Asia. More than 300 unionized container-truck drivers and hundreds more nonunionized drivers working at Port Metro Vancouver went on strike after rejecting a tentative deal with the port.
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Canola Growers file Level of Service Complaint with Canadian Transportation Agency
Canadian Canola Growers Association
From June 5: The Canadian Canola Growers Association has filed a Level of Service Complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency, contending that Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway did not fulfill their common carrier obligations for the movement of Western Canadian grains and oilseeds this crop year. "The breakdown of the Western Canadian rail transportation system this year is completely unacceptable for grain producers," says Brett Halstead, president of CCGA and a farmer from Nokomis, Saskatchewan. "Ultimately, it is farmers who are bearing the cost of this supply chain failure."
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Manitoba trucker lucky to be alive after 10 rounds fired into his truck
Truck News
From Aug. 14: Sidhil Kumar was driving a 2012 Peterbilt east along a Wisconsin highway. Kumar had entered the U.S. at the Pembina/Emerson border crossing and had refueled in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The day was rapidly drawing to a close, as the clock was just about to come up on midnight. Until that point, the trip from Trappers Transport in Winnipeg had been uneventful. He was planning on stopping for the night in either Menomonie — about 40 miles up the road — or Black River Falls, depending on where he could find space, but he didn't get that far.
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Explosion on the highway teaches an emotional lesson
By Matt Chase
From Sept. 11: This is an actual event that occurred in December 1995. There is no mention of the trucking company I was working for at the time, and I changed the name of the person in the story. All other information is as accurate as I could be, both in the narrative as well as the news stories or clippings. I have kept this story buried in my mind for years, with several attempts to write it down, only to scrap it later. This story changed forever the way I would do my job. It has almost been 20 years since the sad event, and here it is for the first time.
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Canada's railways face increased risk from regulations
The Globe and Mail
From April 24: The harsh winter that slowed freight trains and laid bare the tensions between the rail companies and their customers has spawned a new risk for Canada's two major railways — more regulations. The federal government has ordered the railways to meet minimum weekly grain targets, and followed that with legislation intended to help farmers and grain companies move last year's record crop. For the railways, the most controversial of these measures is the expansion of a prairie rail customer's right to ship with another railway, known in the industry as interswitching.
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Canadian Pacific CEO defends railway's handling of Western grain backlog
CTV News
From March 13: Hunter Harrison, the head of Canadian Pacific Railway is taking on critics who say his company hasn't done enough to move a record Western Canadian grain crop to market. In full-page ads in the Globe and Mail and National Post newspapers, Harrison said he wants to "set the record straight" on how the railway has managed shipments during a particularly nasty winter. Canada's two major railways — CP and Montreal-based Canadian National Railway — have been accused of making oil and other products a higher priority than grain.
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CN Rail to Ottawa: New rules unnecessary as grain shipments reach 'unprecedented' level
Financial Post via Reuters
From June 5: Canadian National Railway Co., Canada's largest rail carrier, said it is exceeding grain-shipment levels mandated earlier this year by the Canadian government despite a record crop that has squeezed available transportation and infrastructure. The company said in a statement that May hopper-car deliveries to Western Canadian elevators are expected to average 5,500 per week, or 50 percent above the eight-year average and 38 percent higher than the prior record for the month.
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