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After ILWU labor contract is reached, West Coast terminals face challenges
Gateway Logistics Group
A contract settlement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and employers is not the only challenge facing the congested ports on the U.S. West Coast, according to a report by Drewry. The newsletter highlighted some of the findings in Drewry's annual Container Terminal Capacity and Performance Benchmarks report, which found that in 2013, the average North American terminal handled less than 800 TEUs per meter of quay compared to a world average of 1,072 TEUs; less than 100,000 TEUs per gantry crane compared to the world average of 123,489 TEUs; and about half the world average of 24,791 TEUs per hectare.
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Canadian tire to deploy North America's first 60-ft. containers
Canadian Shipper
Having already pioneered the 53-ft. intermodal container in 1994, Canadian Tire is pushing the envelope and has developed a 60-ft. container that has received government approval and will soon by deployed on multiple lanes. The specific launch date for the new container and chassis has not yet been determined, but Canadian Tire has been testing the ability of the container to fit into existing rail infrastructure by attaching 3.5-ft. of Styrofoam to both ends of a standard 53-ft. unit and testing it at Canadian Pacific's Vaughan terminal.
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CN, Teamsters rail conference continue to negotiate new locomotive engineer contract
Progressive Railroading
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference negotiators are trying to establish a new negotiating process with CN officials that would prevent a work stoppage or service interruption if the parties fail to reach a new agreement, union leaders announced last week. The process calls for both parties to pay predetermined amounts to charities instead of imposing a lockout or a strike if an agreement isn't reached.
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Canada to maintain minimum grain volume requirements for railways
Canadian Shipper
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that minimum grain volume requirements will be extended until March 28, 2015. This measure was initially introduced in March 2014. The government has put in place volume requirements that are designed to move the remainder of last year's crop along with this year's crop and "ensure that the grain supply chain will return to normal operations," said a statement.
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Carloads climbed in all 3 North American nations recently
Progressive Railroading
For the week ending Nov. 15, U.S. railroads reported 296,655 carloads, up 0.3 percent, and 273,695 intermodal units, up 2.6 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads. Total combined U.S. traffic increased 1.4 percent to 570,350 units. But only four of 10 carload commodity groups posted gains, led by nonmetallic minerals at 9.6 percent. Grain volume declined 3.9 percent.
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Norfolk Southern to acquire 283 miles of CP's Delaware & Hudson track
Canadian Shipper
Norfolk Southern Corp. has agreed to acquire 283 miles of track from Canadian Pacific Railway subsidiary, Delaware & Hudson Railway's between Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and Schenectady, New York, for $217 million. The new proposal is subject to approval from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which the parties aim to receive in the second quarter of 2015, a Canadian Pacific statement said.
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Crude-by-rail safety reports released in New York, Washington
Progressive Railroading
The Washington Department of Ecology delivered a report to state legislators outlining key recommendations to improve public safety in response to the rapid increase of crude-by-rail shipments through the state. The Washington Legislature requested the study due to recent changes in how crude is transported through rail corridors and waterways. The "Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study" includes 40 recommendations on ways to better protect public health and safety — such as the prevention of an oil train derailment or spill — as well as how to better respect tribal treaty rights.
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Quebec contracts CANARAIL to study proposed iron-ore rail line
Progressive Railroading
Province of Quebec officials have contracted CANARAIL to perform the first phase of a feasibility study on the development of a 190-mile, iron-ore rail line from Sept-Iles to the Labrador Trough. A Quebec-based rail consulting and engineering firm, CANARAIL will serve as the prime contractor for the study, which will cover the project's technical, economic and financial aspects. A final report is expected at 2015's end.
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Interjurisdictional team acquires CN line in British Columbia
Progressive Railroading
The city of Kelowna, British Columbia, signed a purchase agreement with CN to acquire a discontinued rail line between Kelowna and Coldstream. The city signed the pact on behalf of an interjurisdictional acquisition team. The negotiated cost to secure the 29-mile corridor is $22 million through a monetary consideration/land donation combination.
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Trucking


Kriska-Mullen deal closes
Truck News
Mullen Group and Kriska Group have officially closed the deal announced earlier this year, which will see the formation of jointly held Kriska Transportation Group. Under terms of the deal, Mullen will receive a 30 percent stake in the new company. Kriska Group gets Mill Creek Motor Freight in exchange. The new Kriska Trnasportation Group is a growth-oriented transportation and logistics company, which will continue to be headed by Mark Seymour.
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Port Metro Vancouver enacting new truck licensing system
Truck News
Port Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, is planning a new truck licensing system it says will provide a better balance of trucks and the containers that are available for them to move. The new truck license policy was developed with stakeholders, including mediator Vince Ready and federal transport minister Lisa Raitt. The changes, according to the port, will also provide drivers with a fair wage and the "opportunity to make a decent living."
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Air


New Lufthansa pilots strike may delay cargo
Air Cargo World
In the latest chapter of its long-running feud with Lufthansa over retirement benefits, the German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit has begun another strike that will halt roughly half of the carrier's passenger flights and may result in some delays in cargo shipments. The strike — the ninth work stoppage at the airline this year alone — is scheduled to take place in two phases:
  1. a 36-hour shutdown from noon on Dec. 1 (Central European Time) and midnight on Dec. 2 for short- to medium-range flights; and
  2. a 21-hour strike from 3 a.m. to midnight, Dec. 2, for all long-haul passenger flights as well as Lufthansa Cargo flights.
This is the second time this year a VC-organized strike has involved pilots flying for Lufthansa Cargo.

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Drewry: Shippers turn to airfreight to avoid port delays
Cargo Business
Many shippers are temporarily shifting to airfreight to deliver their eleventh hour holiday shipments in order to avoid chronic congestion and labor slowdowns at U.S. ports, according to an issue of Container Insight from Drewry Maritime Research. For a number of years, global air cargo growth has trailed behind container shipping, analysts report, due to high demand for commodities that are usually shipped by sea, faster growth of low-value commodities and the sea conversion of "mature" products.
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Marine


Feds approve Seattle-Tacoma Seaport Alliance
Puget Sound Business Journal
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma have won federal approval to start technical negotiations to form the Seaport Alliance. The ports in October submitted an "interlocal agreement," which has been approved by the Federal Maritime Commission. The agreement took effect Monday. The agreement provides "a framework to examine business objectives, strategic marine terminal investments, financial returns, performance metrics, organizational structure, communications and public engagement," according to a joint release from the ports.
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