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Canola Growers file Level of Service Complaint with Canadian Transportation Agency
Canadian Canola Growers Association
The Canadian Canola Growers Association has filed a Level of Service Complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency, contending that Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway did not fulfill their common carrier obligations for the movement of Western Canadian grains and oilseeds this crop year. "The breakdown of the Western Canadian rail transportation system this year is completely unacceptable for grain producers," says Brett Halstead, president of CCGA and a farmer from Nokomis, Saskatchewan. "Ultimately, it is farmers who are bearing the cost of this supply chain failure."
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Night gate ops to start at Vancouver
Materials Management & Distribution
TSI Terminal Systems Inc. and Canada's DP World will be offering night gate operations five nights a week at Port Metro Vancouver's major container terminals, effective July 1. The terminal operators say the additional operating hours will create just over 377 jobs — including direct, indirect and induced — reduce truck traffic and congestion during peak daytime hours, maximize the use of existing port infrastructure and create more opportunities for growth by offering a wider range of access times at the terminals for container truckers.
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Minister Raitt highlights Canadian innovation in the transportation sector at global conference
Canadian Shipper
Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt spoke on the importance of improved skills training to ensure safety as she met with global transportation leaders at the 2014 Summit of the International Transport Forum held in Leipzig, Germany. Raitt met with her international counterparts from Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Japan and Ukraine. Discussions included enhanced cooperation and the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in areas such as rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods, and strengthening links between transportation and trade.
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Rail safety a hot topic at Senate transportation subcommittee hearing
Progressive Railroading
Critical safety measures must advance to improve rail safety in Minnesota and across the nation, said U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., during her testimony at a hearing on transportation safety and effectiveness conducted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation's Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. Klobuchar stressed the need to implement "commonsense reforms" to help strengthen rail infrastructure and protect communities near rail lines following recent derailments in North Dakota and Canada involving crude oil.
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CN Rail to Ottawa: New rules unnecessary as grain shipments reach 'unprecedented' level
Financial Post via Reuters
Canadian National Railway Co., Canada's largest rail carrier, said it is exceeding grain-shipment levels mandated earlier this year by the Canadian government despite a record crop that has squeezed available transportation and infrastructure. The company said in a statement that May hopper-car deliveries to Western Canadian elevators are expected to average 5,500 per week, or 50 percent above the eight-year average and 38 percent higher than the prior record for the month.
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Vancouver port selects Webtech Wireless for truck GPS program
Truck News
Port Metro Vancouver has selected a local firm to provide the telematics solution that will allow it to implement its GPS truck tracking system. Webtech Wireless announced it was chosen to provide GPS for the port's Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy, first announced in 2013. The strategy involves a three-year action plan that looks to improve the efficiency and reliability of the container truck sector. By equipping all trucks serving the port with GPS, PMV hopes to reduce wait times and improve efficiency.
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Give the trucking industry a chance
By Matt Chase
During Richie Henderson's keynote address at the recent ALK Technology Conference, he focused on new drivers and retention problems. Henderson, J.B. Hunt Transport's senior vice president of administration and technology, also discussed wages and the new hours-of-service rules and regulations. He admitted that driver retention rates — or the so-called driver shortage problem — may stem directly from low wages and the new hours-of-service changes, among other things. This keynote address may have been bold, but it is a message that should have been delivered many years ago.
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Trucking HR Canada conducting surveys about women in trucking industry
Truck News
Trucking HR Canada is conducting a series of surveys so it can better understand the issues and challenges faced by women in the trucking industry. The surveys — open to managers of both sexes, women working in trucking and those interested in the industry's career opportunities — support the organization's new Women with Drive project and can be completed in about 10 minutes. They are accessible at "Rather than relying on anecdotal evidence, these surveys will give us the data needed to develop the practical tools which will help fleets recruit and retain more women," says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada.
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Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu named new chairman of IATA
Canadian Press via Financial Post
Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu is the new chairman of the International Air Transport Association board of governors, a trade association representing some 240 airlines. Rovinescu's term is for one year, effective immediately. He succeeds Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson whose term expired at the end of IATA's annual meeting and world air transport summit in Doha, Qatar. Rovinescu joined Air Canada in 2000 and was chief restructuring officer during the airline's 2003-2004 restructuring before leaving to help found Genuity Capital Markets.
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Boeing's famed 747 jumbo jet is flying into the sunset
Bloomberg News via
Boeing Co.'s iconic 747 jumbo jet is gliding deeper into its twilight years, with a new Air Force One fleet offering the strongest sales prospect for a passenger model that no longer fits most airlines' needs. Even as Boeing talks with Emirates about an order for the upgraded 747-8, the carrier played down the chances of a deal because it's buying 150 Boeing 777X jets. That plane will be bigger and more efficient than the current 777, a twin-engine aircraft so capable that it's cannibalizing Boeing's jumbo sales. Commercial success has proved elusive for the 747-8, the latest update to an almost 50-year-old plane known for its distinctive humpbacked fuselage. While the 747-8 is a lock to win bidding that opens this year to replace the U.S. president's fleet, waning demand for the cargo variant further imperils an assembly line that has slowed to just 1.5 planes a month.
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British Columbia terminal expansion means 'more competitive options for Asia-Pacific Gateway shippers' (Canadian Shippers)
National Tank Services opens new service facility in Saskatchewan (Truck News)
Harper government strengthens world-class tanker safety system (Government of Canada)

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No challenge to P3 in Europe
American Shipper (Free subscription required)
The European Commission is allowing the P3 Network and G6 shipping alliances to move forward. In a statement, Antoine Colombani, a spokesman for the Commission's Competition Directorate said, "Members of all shipping alliances such as P3 or G6, to the extent that they do not benefit from an exemption, must themselves assess the legality of their agreements under EU competition rules."
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CIFFA seeks rollback or refund for containers stuck at Port Metro Vancouver
Canadian Shipper
Importers and exporters in western Canada "whacked" with millions of dollars in unexpected costs as a result of a work stoppage at Port Metro Vancouver earlier this year, say they are angry and frustrated, and want the situation addressed. According to a release from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, the three terminal operators at PMV — two are owned by foreign corporations, and the third is owned by an Ontario pension plan — are demanding that these Canadian businesses pay storage fees for the time their shipping containers sat at the facilities, even though there was almost no way of moving the goods out of the port because of a work stoppage by truckers, the release said.
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Seaspan, tugboat workers avert strike with agreement on binding arbitration
The Province
Seaspan Marine and one of the unions that represents its tugboat crews averted job action by agreeing to enter into binding arbitration, but the company could still face a strike soon, as talks between the company, the other union and federal Labour Minister Kellie Leitch continue. Leitch came to Vancouver to intervene in the dispute, which has the potential to disrupt Port Metro Vancouver operations. Both unions had signalled their intention to strike rather than accept terms in a new collective agreement that Seaspan was going to implement unilaterally.
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