FMA News Bulletin
Jul. 31, 2014

Appointments to the International Authority and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
Government of Canada
Recently, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Transport, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced appointments to the International Authority which will oversee the construction of the new publicly-owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. Kristine Burr and Geneviève Gagnon have been appointed by Canada and Michael D. Hayes, Birgit M. Klohs and Matt Rizik have been appointed by Michigan. Burr will also serve as the chairperson of the International Authority. A third Canadian member will be selected by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority in the near future. More

Canada Logistics Conference 2014 in Calgary, Alberta
Don't miss the Early Bird rate, register by August 8
Canada Logistics Conference 2014 — Canada's annual thought leadership conference for all supply chain logistics professionals — will be held in Calgary, Alberta, this Oct. 22-24 at the Fairmont Palliser hotel.

CITT invites all supply chain logistics professionals to join an audience of shippers, carriers and vendors from across sectors as you learn about the most important issues facing the supply chain sector and the people who run it. This year's program features six powerful, action-packed and highly practical sessions — and your choice from 2 site tours.More

Car seat sensors aim to curb drowsy driving accidents
Stephanie McKenzie
Many automobile accidents around the world are caused by tired drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Now, a U.K. company is aiming to help alleviate this deadly problem. New car seats are being developed with electronic sensors knitted into the fabric that alert drivers if they begin to fall asleep behind the wheel. These car seat covers are in the developmental and research phase right now. However, if they are brought to market, they have the potential to save a lot of lives.More

FMCSA Chief Anne Ferro defends agency's HOS Rule
Transport Topics
Outgoing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration head Anne Ferro defended her agency's regulations limiting the amount of time drivers are allowed to work, during what probably was her last appearance before Congress as the agency's chief. At a two-hour July 29 hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, Ferro said she has seen no evidence to support the agency's hours-of-service rules discriminate against nighttime drivers. More

CN offering covered hopper fleet integration program for grain shippers
Canadian Shipper
CN is offering a Fleet Integration Program for grain shippers who are using privately owned, covered hopper cars for their shipments. The objectives of this program are to:

Shippers will benefit from guaranteed service and from having CN manage the fleet of private cars, the railway said. This program applies to specific loading locations in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi and Michigan for loading corn, soybeans or wheat in covered hoppers. More

Canadian Railroads' Q2 earnings rise
Transport Topics
Canada's two major freight railroads reported higher second-quarter earnings from a year ago, recovering from challenging winter conditions last quarter. Canadian National reported a net income of $847 million, or $1.03 cents per share, compared with net income of $717 million, or 84 cents, a year ago. CN's Western Canada grain-hopper movements increased 70 percent from the prior year, and the Montreal-based company said it expects to set a record this crop year. More

Central Maine & Quebec: A new railroad aiming for a new business approach
Progressive Railroading
Shortly before the first anniversary of the horrific Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the railroad's entire U.S.-Canadian network came under the control of a new company. The Central Maine & Quebec Railway now operates the 510 miles of track running through portions of Maine, Vermont, as well as Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada, that MMA had controlled since it was formed in January 2003. Earlier this year, Fortress Investment Group L.L.C. subsidiary Rail Acquisition Holdings L.L.C. acquired MMA's U.S. and Canadian networks through a bankruptcy proceeding, and formed CMQR to operate the lines. More

CN: Canada's rail transportation system is ready for the new harvest
CN said Canada's rail transportation system is ready to accommodate the new harvest with a solid throughput rate in line with the grain supply chain. The supply chain will also be able to address the excess carry-over from last year's extraordinary crop by as early as next spring. Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive, said, "CN posted a record performance in the 2013-2014 crop-year just ending — our movement of Western Canadian grain was a full 25 per cent greater than past average performance."More

Canada needs both trucks and trains
Truck News
According to author David Bradley: In the arena of public scrutiny it's been a rough couple of years for Canada's railways. First, there was the federal government's review of rail service and subsequent legislation. Then there was the tragedy at Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the fallout from which is still ongoing. More recently, problems relating to the shipment of grain have added to the scrutiny and regulation. As the mode of transportation that most closely shares its workplace with the public, the trucking industry has at times faced its own share of negative public attention. Anyone who was in the industry during the spate of wheel separation incidents in the 1990s will know what I mean. More

TransForce to take over Contrans in mega-merger
Truck News
Canada's largest trucking firm, TransForce, has made a friendly, board-approved takeover bid for Contrans, another of Canada's largest, publicly traded trucking firms. The proposed deal was for $14.60 per share, totaling an equity purchase price of about $495 million. The deal has the support of Contrans' board of directors. "I have admired the progress of Contrans for some time," said TransForce Chairman, President and CEO Alain Bedard. "Contrans has a culture similar to that of TransForce, strategically acquiring companies that add value for its shareholders." More

UPS sees gains in North American airfreight
Air Cargo World
UPS' supply chain and freight revenue increased 6.5 percent during Q2 of 2014 to $2.3 billion — or 1.7 billion euros. UPS Forwarding produced double-digit operating profit growth. Strong improvements in North American airfreight were offset somewhat by a drop in international airfreight. Market pricing on the key Asia-to-U.S. lane continues to put pressure on rates. The distribution business unit experienced high single-digit revenue growth as a result of gains from retail and health care customers.More

Air freight security a major and evolving issue for cargo community
Handy Shipping Guide
Members of the International Air Cargo Association are being encouraged to attend the advance data workshop at Air Cargo Forum 2014 to be held in South Korea in early October. The request has been reinforced by the British International Freight Association and principally concerns one of the current topics key to the air freight industry, that of cargo security. More

Newfoundland and Labrador suffers another setback in shipping saga
CBC News
Problems with the delivery of freight to the north coast of Newfoundland and Labrador continued. The MV Astron, which had to sail out of Hopedale with a broken crane, returned to the community with food and other supplies that residents say are desperately needed to replenish empty store shelves. However, high winds prevented the Astron from docking. More