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Raitt responds to TSB report on Lac-Mégantic derailment
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, issued the following statement today in response to the release of the Transportation Safety Board's final report from its investigation into the July 6, 2013, train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.
"Canadians will always remember what happened in Lac-Mégantic, and today, as the TSB concludes its investigation, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and residents of Lac-Mégantic. They continue to be foremost in our minds as we, as a government, take further action to improve railway safety for all Canadians," said Raitt.
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EDC chief economist: Provincial trade diversification on the rise
Peter G. Hall, vice-president and chief economist at Export Development Canada, says that one of the most remarkable features of the Canadian economy in the past 15 years is the diversification of international trade to less-traditional global markets.
"The tech wreck, the thickening border with the U.S. and the soaring loonie in the mid-2000's turned the attention of Canada's exporters to fast-growing emerging markets." he noted in a recent editorial.
Ports in Washington, South Carolina scored container gains in July
The Port of Tacoma, Washington, in July posted a 6 percent year-over-year gain in container volume, its fifth consecutive monthly increase.
The strong volume signaled the start of the traditional peak shipping season, as retailers prepare for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons, port officials said in a press release. Container volume has been unusually robust over the past few months as retailers built inventory ahead of the June 30 expiration of the West Coast longshoremen's contract, they said.
Trends in infrastructure investing
Since the early 2000s, private infrastructure investing has gathered interest from institutional investors. This trend continues to accelerate as governments can no longer afford to build the roads, schools, hospitals, waste and water treatment plants, power distribution grids, etc. that are required for a successfully functioning economy. It's estimated that more than $50 trillion will be spent in new infrastructure development across Canada by 2030.
British Columbia port signs off on BNSF-served coal transfer facility
Port Metro Vancouver has approved a proposed direct coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks that will be served by BNSF Railway.
The British Columbia port's decision to grant a project permit follows a two-year project review process. The port has stipulated extra measures that Fraser Surrey Docks must take to assess and address any potential environmental and human health risks.
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TSB identifies 'systemic problems' leading to Lac-Mégantic train accident
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigation into the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, concluded that a multitude of factors led to the accident which left 47 people dead. The TSB is now calling for additional physical defences to prevent runaway trains, and for more thorough audits of safety management systems to ensure railways are effectively managing safety.
Teamsters react to the TSB report on the Lac-Mégantic derailment
The Teamsters Union has commented on the press conference held by the Transportation Safety Board to present its report on the Lac-Mégantic disaster.
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference represents most of the workers employed by the major rail companies and local interest railways. These workers namely operate freight and commuter trains and maintain the tracks.
"The government agency's conclusions appear logical and make plain common sense," the union stated in a release.
Canadian railway to end service to Maine
Portland Press Herald
Canada's largest freight railroad is ending service to Maine's truck-and-rail hub in Auburn, citing insufficient freight volume for a move that jeopardizes the future of the only such transportation center in the state.
The 35-acre terminal, which opened 20 years ago, connects Maine shippers with the Canadian National Railway and its straight run across the continent to the port of Vancouver and a new container terminal in Prince Rupert in British Columbia.
Knight shines bright in trucking industry
By Matt Chase
Allie Knight is a young woman who is confident in everything she tackles. Her demeanor is refreshing and contagious. When she is facing a challenge, she tackles it head on. Knight is a professional truck driver. You can find her every day on her rapidly growing YouTube channel, simply called Allie Knight. Her continued travels bring the viewer up close and personal to the exciting world of over-the-road trucking. Knight's popularity on YouTube was the catalyst for a decisive win in the Women In Trucking Association's "I Heart Trucking" contest.
Bison Transport supports Canadian Light Infantry Memorial Baton Relay
Bison Transport announced that is a sponsor of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry's Memorial Baton Relay.
The Memorial Baton Relay, which travels across Canada and reaches Winnipeg on Thursday, marks 100 years of service for the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
To show their support, Bison supplied a tractor and driver to drive a trailer complete with a commemorative design to travel with the relay.
Transport Canada reduces speed limit for CN oil tankers in Quebec
Transport Canada has ordered a reduction in the speed limit for Canadian National trains carrying crude oil through a South Shore municipality after tracks in the area were found to be in extremely poor condition.
As of late, all CN trains that pass through a specific six-kilometre stretch in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, must reduce their speed to 16 kilometres per hour, down from the previous limit of 40 kilometres per hour. Railway speed limits, set by Transport Canada, vary across the island of Montreal and in the surrounding regions.
Canadian ports win as ships avoid US on labor concern
Prince Rupert, a remote port luring tourists with the slogan "Where Canada's Wilderness Begins," may want to consider a new motto: "Asia's Gateway to Chicago."
Container ships sailing across the northern Pacific are carrying more cargo and are setting course for British Columbia to avoid delays from a possible strike by U.S. West Coast longshoremen. Traffic in Prince Rupert soared 49 percent in July from a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence, while volume dropped 19 percent in Seattle, its nearest major U.S. rival.
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Green Marine, Canadian ports sign MOU to reduce environmental footprint
Ship & Bunker
The Association of Canadian Port Authorities says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the group Green Marine to reduce the environmental footprint of the nation's maritime industry.
ACPA and Green Marine will work together on environmental initiatives and seek to involve more member ports and terminal operators in Green Marine's programs.
Canada's Cargojet gearing up for e-commerce delivery surge
American shipping companies were caught flat-footed last holiday season by last-minute online shoppers, but Canada's Cargojet Inc. says it has learned from its competitors' mistakes and will double its capacity this Christmas.
"We're bringing in some extra aircraft on a short-term basis and have people ready to work extra," CEO Ajay Virmani said in an interview, adding that Cargojet is prepared for holiday demand that's up to 40 percent higher than its customers' forecasts.
A fuel-saving angle for cargo
Air Cargo World
Though usually touted for fuel savings, winglets give cargo carriers other opportunities — including opening new markets. Winglets have been widely used by airlines since the 1990s and 2000s. They help blend the air that runs on the top and bottom of the wing tip. Under the wing, the pressure is high, and above it, the pressure is low. Without a winglet, the two different levels of pressure around the wing tip create a vortex — which makes extra drag on the plane. The plane must then work harder to get through the vortex.
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