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FMA: Shippers 'gratified' to see Windsor-Detroit bridge moving forward
The Freight Management Association of Canada said it is gratified that the Windsor-Detroit bridge project is moving forward. On Feb. 18, The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport announced that "the new publically-owned bridge, known as the Detroit River International Crossing, between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit Michigan can proceed without further delay."
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Manulife, Fonds de solidarité FTQ among buyers of Montreal Gateway Terminals
Manulife together with four Quebec-based institutional investors acquired an equity interest in Montreal Gateway Terminals, which operates two of the three international container terminals at the Port of Montreal. The transaction closed recently. The seller was Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.
Led by Fiera Axium Infrastructure, the consortium of Quebec investors also includes Desjardins, via its insurance subsidiaries and its Pension Plan, Fonds de solidarite des Travailleurs du Quebec, and Industrial Alliance.
CITT adds logistics courses
Materials Management & Distribution
"One of the most common questions CITT gets is 'how quickly can I earn my CCLP designation?' People who are working toward the CCLP designation are very career-driven and success-oriented and don't always want to take a break in spring and summer. They also want the advantages of having industry's most respected logistics designation as quickly as possible," says Catherine Viglas, president of CITT.
Unifor ratifies contract with CP; Ontario Northland, union reach deal
Canadian Pacific announced that Unifor members ratified a contract covering about 1,200 active mechanical employees.
The agreement brings to six the number of long-term collective agreements in place between CP and its Canadian unions, CP officials said in a press release. Unifor represents employees responsible for maintaining rail cars and locomotives.
"This negotiated agreement is fair to both sides and is the result of hard work by all of those involved," said Peter Edwards, CP's vice president of human resources and labor relations.
Minister Raitt: CN Rail needs to testify on oil-by-rail accidents
Reuters via Financial Post
Canadian National Railway Co. should explain its recent oil-by-rail accidents before the House of Commons transport committee, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said.
Raitt, testifying before the committee herself about her department's spending plans, called on the committee to summon CN Rail to discuss the accidents.
Cargo thefts down, but value of stolen loads up
CargoNet has reported cargo theft incidents dropped from 1,098 in 2013 to 844 in 2014, however the average load value continues to increase.
Last year the average stolen load was worth $181,681, up from $143,957 in 2013.
Cargo was most often stolen from warehouse locations, often as a result of fraudulent pickups. Truck stops were the next most common location for thefts, with Georgia truck stops leading the way.
Companies agree to settle in Pilot Flying J CEO fraud case
Six of the seven trucking companies suing Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam for fraud, according to reports from a Cleveland, Ohio-based ABC news affiliate. The companies alleged that the truckstop chain did not follow through on promised fuel rebates.
Attorneys for National Retail Transportation, Keystone Freight, Shoreline Transportation, Osborn Transportation, FST Express, and HB Logistics have notified a federal judge they intend to drop lawsuits against Haslam pending settlements.
Goodyear shows off its most fuel-efficient tires
The phrase "It's always bigger in Texas" took on a whole new meaning after Goodyear's 2015 Tire Technology Showcase recently.
The showcase was spread out across more than 7,000 acres at the colossal Goodyear Proving Grounds in San Angelo, Texas, and was attended by customers and industry journalists from across North America. The Proving Grounds was founded back in 1944 and is the largest of six global facilities Goodyear uses to test its tires.
Aircraft makers seek lithium-ion battery shipment ban
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
Aircraft makers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires "an unacceptable risk," according to an industry position paper obtained by The Associated Press.
The International Coordination Council of Aerospace Industry Associations, which represents aircraft companies such as Boeing and Airbus, also is calling for stronger packaging and handling regulations for batteries shipped on cargo planes.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations, an umbrella group for pilot unions, joined the aircraft makers in issuing the paper.
Shippers call for more airfrieght data
Air Cargo World
The current shortcomings of airfreight — and the opportunities for its improvement — came into full view during IATA's World Cargo Symposium, as shippers pressed for greater accessibility to shipping data.
Robert Mellin, head of distribution logistics at electronics company Ericsson, was particularly vocal about the need for more data within the airfreight process. Mellin described how more information and data should be passed on to shippers.
Samsung building biggest boxship in the world for MOL
Samsung Heavy Industries is building the biggest cargo ship ever for Mitsui OSK Lines.
The $609 million vessel will be a quarter of a mile long with a capacity of 20,150 TEUs. That's about 5,000 more containers than the current largest ship in the world.
At 193-feet-wide, the MOL megaship will work exclusively in the Pacific Ocean, since it won't be able to fit through the Panama Canal.
Great Lakes ice cover short of last year
Great Lakes Seaway Review
Total ice cover on the Great Lakes was 83.1 percent, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, nearly 9 percent less than last year on the same date.
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Ice slows start of Seaway shipping
The Recorder and Times
A bitterly cold winter of 2015 will almost surely cause a slow start to the St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season similar to 2014.
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation communications officer Andrew Bogora said icy conditions in the Great Lakes are expected to reduce the level of shipping after the season officially starts March 27.
Bogora said the opening date is based on historical weather patterns and general thickness of the ice at the time, but this year is another anomaly.
"We do believe we'll have a fair amount of ice when we open. That does provide a bit of a challenge," he said.
Container terminal expansion to increase port's capacity, economic impact
Port of Prince Rupert
Maher Terminals Holding Corp., the operator of the Port of Prince Rupert's Fairview Container Terminal, announced its decision to proceed with expansion of the 7-year-old facility, increasing its container capacity by 500,000 TEUs to accommodate growing container volumes and further enhancing the Canadian gateway's growing role in North American trans-Pacific trade.
"Intermodal customers have been capitalizing on the advantages of Prince Rupert as part of their transpacific trade solution since Fairview's first phase opened in 2007," said Don Krusel, president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
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