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Canada's Transport Minister in Washington, DC, to advance transport and trade relations
Canadian Shipper
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's minister of transport, was in Washington, D.C., to meet with senior U.S. decision- and policy-makers. Raitt discussed best practices, challenges, and options to manage and improve the integrated transportation system that supports economic growth on both sides of the border. While meeting with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Raitt underscored the importance of continuing the collaborative approach to managing a safe, secure and efficient border to ensure the smooth flow of people and goods that is so important to the economies of the two countries.
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CN delivers 4,000 hopper cars to western Canada grain elevators, calls for Coast Guard support
Progressive Railroading
CN spotted 4,456 hopper cars to be loaded at country grain elevators in western Canada during the grain-crop week that recently ended, marking the third consecutive week that the Class I has delivered more than 4,000 grain cars to prairie elevators. CN's grain-car spotting now averages 4,366 cars per week, 23 percent higher than the railroad's average winter car-spotting performance. "We began ramping up our grain loadings as soon as we got a meaningful break from this harsh winter's extreme cold temperatures," said CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau.
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Kriska CEO becomes chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance
Canadian Shipper
Mark Seymour, CEO of Kriska Transportation in Prescott, Ontario, has been named chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance for a two-year term. The announcement was made at the alliance's annual general meeting. Seymour has served for a number of years on the CTA board of directors and executive committee, most recently as first vice-chairman. He also served as chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association from 2006-08. "I am a great believer in CTA and the provincial associations and encourage everyone in the industry to get involved and support the work of their associations," he says.
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Rail


CN bolsters safety management system to better prevent hazmat accidents
Progressive Railroading
CN identified several significant steps it's taking to strengthen its Safety Management System, especially for hazardous materials shipments. The Class I has developed a comprehensive work plan featuring three major components to bolster overall safety performance and enhance CN's record of delivering 99.998 percent of dangerous goods to destination without a release caused by an accident, said CEO and President Claude Mongeau.
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CN Rail to phase out fleet of older oil tank cars in four years
Reuters
Canadian National Railway will phase out its fleet of 183 older tank rail cars used to transport diesel fuel over the next four years, as it works to improve safety following a string of industry accidents involving the puncture-prone cars. The company, Canada's largest rail operator, said it will spend CA$7 million to replace the 40 legacy DOT-111 tank cars that it owns with new cars that meet the latest regulatory standards, by the end of this year.
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Trucking


New in-truck coaching device promises to deliver significant fuel savings
Truck News
In an effort to comply with the strict fuel efficiency standards in North America, a new product called DriveLogik aims to help fleets save on fuel costs and identify how their drivers can be more efficient on the road. DriveLogik is a hardware and software package that produces driver performance reports to help decipher which drivers deserve recognition and which drivers need further coaching.
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Cummins makes case for newer trucks, bigger engines
Truck News
A new truck purchased with the Cummins ISX15 engine rated between 400-450 hp will be 7 percent more fuel-efficient than the same truck ordered four years ago. That was the message from Jeff Jones, vice-president, North American engine business for Cummins, when he spoke to trucking journalists prior to the Mid-America Trucking Show.
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Union truckers striking British Columbia port could face fines
Cargo Business News
Striking port truck drivers at Port Metro Vancouver in British Columbia might be fined up to $400-a-day for failing to return to work, if legislators successfully pass a back-to-work law. The government introduced a bill that also includes potential fines of up to $2,500-a-day for union officers and $10,000-a-day for the union itself, as well as their employers. The legislation would only apply to the 250 striking union port truckers who are members of Unifor.
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Air


Air freight making a comeback in 2014
The Strategic Sourceror
Despite what many North Americans may believe, air cargo is expected to witness steady growth over the next year. Even though the recent winter kept a lot of flights on the ground, activity remained higher in January 2014 than in the same month of last year. Wary of hazardous road conditions, manufacturers and retailers utilized strategic sourcing approaches to take advantage of aircraft to deliver goods whenever the opportunity presented itself.
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Lufthansa Cargo sees airline partnership by mid-year
Reuters
Lufthansa Cargo — the air freight arm of Germany's largest airline — aims to set up a partnership with an airline outside of the Lufthansa Group by the middle of this year ahead of further cooperation deals, it said. Karl Ulrich Garnadt, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, said the aim of such partnerships would be to increase the number of routes and destinations Lufthansa Cargo could offer while helping to cut costs by taking advantage of the partner's logistics handling facilities.
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Marine


Opinion: Valdez spurred tougher safety laws
The Vancouver Sun
Think of all the improvements in safety in your home or workplace or in the car you drive that have occurred over the last 25 years. A technological revolution has equally been felt in shipping, and measurable benefits in safety have been dramatic. On this 25th anniversary of the grounding and subsequent loss of oil cargo from the Exxon Valdez, it's instructive to take a hard look at shipping, its safety standards, preparedness systems and vastly improved record of performance.
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Shipowners' Association: Lack of Canadian ice-breakers in the Great Lakes and Seaway delaying critical cargo
Canadian Shipper
With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American industries. The Canadian Coast Guard is doing its utmost to work with resources across a large geographical area subject to heavy ice, but this situation is rippling into Canada's transportation and economic system, the association noted in a release.
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