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Minister Raitt announces new monetary penalties to strengthen railway safety enforcement
Government of Canada
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, minister of transport, is proposing regulations that will provide Transport Canada with new enforcement tools for railway companies that violate the Railway Safety Act. The proposed Railway Safety Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations, which introduce fines of up to $250,000, will further enhance Transport Canada's ability to quickly enforce safety requirements. These types of administrative penalties — already used in the marine and aviation sectors — provide a faster alternative to prosecution.
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British Columbia terminal expansion means 'more competitive options for Asia-Pacific Gateway shippers'
Canadian Shippers
The government of Canada has completed Ashcroft Terminal's Expansion project in British Columbia, which will improve the flow of goods by rail, and give local industry a competitive edge in international trade. The newly completed terminal expansion project — announced by Mark Strahl, member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, minister of transport — added a 1,500-metre enhanced connection to the mainline with additional railcar storage, transload facilities and support tracks.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership talks to intensify as key players remain divided
Agence France-Presse via The Raw Story
Asia-Pacific trade ministers said they would intensify talks on a vast trans-Pacific free trade agreement, but offered no clue on when a final accord would be reached. At the end of a two-day meeting in Singapore, ministers and chief negotiators of the 12 putative member economies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership remained divided on key issues. "We have decided on a pathway of intensified engagement over the coming weeks on market access and rules," they said in a statement. This is the third time in six months Singapore has hosted talks involving ministers of the 12 prospective TPP members: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
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Rail


Canada's oil-by-rail liability rules pit regulators against energy players
Huffington Post via The Canadian Press
Railway operators and the petroleum industry have weighed in on how they think the risks of shipping dangerous goods by rail ought to be divvied up — and it's clear the two aren't on the same page. Rail carriers aren't happy with the status quo, in which they're legally required to move whatever customers want shipped, but are entirely on the hook if something goes wrong. The energy players, on the other hand, are generally satisfied with how the current system works, although they say changes are needed to how small rail lines are insured.
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Lac-Mégantic new rail owner plans to restart oil shipments
CBC News
The new owner of the railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec says he plans to restart oil shipments after making safety improvements. John Giles, CEO of the Central Maine and Quebec Railway, hopes to have an agreement with Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, within 10 days to resume shipments of non-hazardous goods, restoring the rail vital link. Giles' company recently closed on the sale of U.S. assets of the bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. The firm is expected to close of the Canadian assets soon.
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TransCanada eyes shipping oil by rail amid Keystone XL delays-CEO
Reuters
TransCanada Corp. is in talks with customers about shipping Canadian crude to the United States by rail as an alternative to its Keystone XL pipeline project that has been mired in political delays, CEO Russ Girling said. "We are absolutely considering a rail option," Girling said at a conference in New York. "Our customers have needed to wait for several years, so we're in discussions now with them over the rail option."
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Trucking


Mediator releases recommendations for Port Metro Vancouver
Truck News
Vincent Ready has released his recommendations in light of the strike by container truck drivers working out of Port Metro Vancouver. Ready was appointed to mediate the situation by the federal and British Columbia provincial governments as part of their Joint Action Plan to end the labour stoppage by the unionized members of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers' Association and by the non-unionized owner/operators who belong to the United Truckers Alliance.
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Ministers of Transport issue statement on recommendations to help improve trucking operations at Port Metro Vancouver
Canadian Shipper
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, minister of transport, and the Honourable Todd Stone, British Columbia's minister of transportation and infrastructure welcomed recommendations from advisor Vince Ready on immediate steps to implement key elements of the Joint Action Plan to achieve stability in the Port Metro Vancouver trucking industry. "Mr. Ready has submitted recommendations to Transport Canada officials, which will be acted upon quickly. These recommendations allow for wait times to be measured and truckers to be compensated accordingly, consistent with the Joint Action Plan. It doesn't end here," the statement began.
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National Tank Services opens new service facility in Saskatchewan
Truck News
National Tank Services is opening a new service facility in Regina to better meet the needs of their growing customer base. The new location is more than 34,000 square feet and has six drive-thru bays. It will provide inspection, maintenance, repairs and cleaning services to tractors and trailers in southern Saskatchewan.
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International Maritime Organization okays mandatory container weighing
Canadian Shipper
Seven years after overweight containers contributed to the dramatic breakup of a vessel in the English Channel, the United Nations said it will require all containers to be weighed starting July 2016. The Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization approved changes that would require container weights to be verified before the containers are loaded onto the vessels — as the U.S. has required for years. Container lines, port labor and terminal operators have pointed to recent accidents as proof that mandatory container weighing is needed.
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Harper government strengthens world-class tanker safety system
Government of Canada
The government of Canada announced it is further strengthening Canada's already robust tanker safety system. These measures act on recommendations by the independent Tanker Safety Expert Panel and build on other studies, as well as input received from provincial governments, Aboriginal groups and marine stakeholders from across Canada. These safety measures are in addition to those announced by the government of Canada last year. The improvements announced recently work towards preventing spills in the first place, cleaning them up quickly if they do occur and making sure polluters pay. Implementing these new measures represents an ongoing commitment to the Canadian public towards Canada's world-class tanker safety system, which is essential to protect our marine environments and responsibly transport our natural resources.
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Air


Asia Pacific discusses future of aviation safety
Air Cargo World
More than 140 safety professionals representing Asia Pacific's regulators and airlines are gathered in Bangkok for the Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar 2014, organized by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines. APASS 2014 provides the Asia Pacific viewpoint on safety. "Flying is now part of everyday modern life," said AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman. "Over the past decade, as an industry we have been able to demonstrate continuous improvement in aviation safety performance. This can be attributed to regulatory and industry collaborative efforts, including improvements in technology, designs and certification standards applied to aircraft over the years, further enhanced by refinements to operational performance standards and safety training. This explains why 2013 was one of the safest years ever in terms of commercial airline jet fatalities."
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