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TT Club: Poor container packing costing industry millions
Analysis by specialist transport and logistics insurer TT Club has revealed that as many as two-thirds of accidents that involve the loss of, or damage to, containerised cargo are thought to be caused by poor or improper packing and securing.
Such a finding is echoed by the ocean carriers' Cargo Incident Notification System, where a third of incidents investigated were found to have this cause. The loss to the industry is substantial, resulting in direct expense, operational disruption and management distraction, not to mention litigation or insurance costs.
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Refineries: The real winners of the shale oil boom
By Stefanie Heerwig
Smoke rises again from the pilot flare of a Texas-based Blue Dolphin Energy refinery after a two-decade standstill — and that's just the beginning. Following the shale oil boom, is another boom: refining. Blue Dolphin Energy, Valero Energy, Kinder Morgan and many others are building new crude-processing equipment, reopening old refineries and building new ones. Inland refineries close to the new production have benefited, but coastal refineries have also been able to secure cheap crude. But how long is this boom going to last?
Senator appointed on Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway bankruptcy
Chicago law firm, Meyers & Flowers announced that the Unofficial Committee of Wrongful Death Claimants in the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Chapter 11 bankruptcy case has filed a plan. A key element of the plan is the appointment of former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell as the Plan Fiduciary. MMA filed for bankruptcy after one of its trains derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec on July 6, 2013.
Alliance for rail competition establishes federal work plan for 2014
The executive board of the Alliance for Rail Competition met in Washington, D.C., to establish its federal work plan for 2014.
ARC is a diverse group of shippers and industry trade associations that formally organized in March of 1997 in response to growing concerns over deteriorating rail service. Members of ARC are captive shippers that do not have access to the benefits of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980. They include a broad cross-section of industry segments including: agriculture, coal consumers, consumer and industrial products, chemicals, minerals, and petrochemicals.
Fair rail bill rated a bust
Railways "have not lived up to their obligation" to improve service despite reforms promised in federal legislation, says the nation's largest agri-business. An executive with Richardson International of Winnipeg said shippers still face inexplicable delays in rail service seven months after passage of Bill C-52 the Fair Rail Freight Service Act. The legislation was to permit commercial shippers to request contracted terms of service from railways, with resort to binding arbitration and $100,000 fines for noncompliance.
Transport Canada proposes new rail regulations
The federal government is proposing new rail regulations to improve the safety of railway crossings. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced the proposed Grade Crossings Regulations.
A grade crossing, also known as a road or level crossing, is where a railway line crosses a road at the same level.
The proposed regulations would improve safety at federally regulated grade crossings, including approximately 14,000 public and 9,000 private grade crossings along 42,650 kilometres of federally regulated railway tracks in Canada.
2014 budget for infrastructure spending
The federal government has reserved $53 billion for infrastructure spending, according to the 2014 Economic Action Plan, which Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released.
Since the seven-year Building Canada plan expires this year, a new 10-year, $53 billion Building Canada plan was announced — the largest long-term federal infrastructure commitment in Canadian history.
New investments under this plan will help build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail and other public infrastructure assets that promote productivity and economic growth.
Using single-trip permits for out-of-province work could cause trouble
Alberta-based oilfield services companies that are using single-trip permits to conduct work in neighbouring provinces may be doing it wrong. And it could cost them a bundle of money.
Sandy Johnson — managing partner with North Star Fleet Solutions — says many oilfield services companies don't realize they're required to pay provincial sales tax on equipment used in British Columbia or Saskatchewan, and given the cost of that equipment, it could amount to quite the bill.
Growth and development take off at Calgary International Airport
It was another record breaking year at Calgary International Airport and officials say over 14 million travelers went through the terminal in 2013.
Officials at Calgary International Airport say passenger and cargo numbers for 2013 broke previous records and it is the fastest growing airport in the country.
Passenger traffic increased by 4.9 percent to 14.3 million passengers and cargo tonnage grew 2.1 percent to over 119,000 tonnes last year.
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Ontario airport to build $11 million air cargo facility
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
Hamilton International Airport has released details of this $11 million new Air Cargo Logistics Facility, which is due to open in 2015. It will have direct air-side access on a redeveloped parcel of land at the Canadian airport. The project is being funded through a joint partnership between the federal and Ontario governments and TradePort International Corporation, with support from Hamilton's municipal government. Equipped with multiple trucking docks and specialised handling environments, the Air Cargo Logistics Facility will cater to niche product markets such as pharmaceutical and biomedical industries, automobile manufacturing and perishable goods, says a statement. The development will build on Hamilton's strength as a multi-modal gateway for goods movement. Visit the Hamilton International Airport website for further details.
US House bill aims to reform FMC, create maritime strategy
The Journal of Commerce
A bipartisan trio of Congressmen introduced a bill that backers said would reform the Federal Maritime Commission and require the Maritime Administration to create a National Maritime Strategy.
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, H.R. 4005, would prevent FMC commissioners from serving more than one year after their five-year term expires and limit their tenure to two terms. The bill also seeks to spell out conflicts of interest pertaining to commissioners' actions.
Drewry: Container carrier reliability to worsen in Q1 of 2014
Container shipping is becoming less reliable as carriers skirt service standards in the push to cut costs, and Drewry Maritime Research predicts the problem will get worse during the first quarter of 2014.
Containership reliability reportedly worsened in every quarter of 2013, with fourth-quarter data dropping the on-time average below 64 percent, an 11.4-point drop lower year-over year.
St. Lawrence marine industry blasts 'inadequate' Coast Guard icebreaking service: Heavy losses reported
The marine industry engaged in St. Lawrence River trades is up in arms over alleged "inadequate" icebreaking services by the Canadian Coast Guard during a winter that has provided the densest ice conditions since 1993, and urges the federal government to rectify certain priorities.
While the powerful ice-reinforced container vessels of global carriers calling at Montreal — a strategic North Atlantic hub — experienced limited delays, this was not the case for domestic coastal operators and some foreign-flag operators.
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