FMA News Bulletin
Sep. 10, 2015

June 2015 North American freight numbers
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $99.0 billion in June 2015 as all modes except truck carried less U.S.-NAFTA freight than in June 2014, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by theU.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Year-over-year, the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by all modes decreased by 3.8 percent. Large decreases in the value of NAFTA trade by pipeline and vessel in June were due to the reduced unit price of mineral fuel shipments.More

A new player in Canada
The purchase of controlling interest in the Canadian Wheat Board by G3 Holdings Corporation should bring closure to the debate as to the impact of the monopoly that controlled wheat and barley sales in Canada for 80 years. "The board" that controlled the marketing of wheat and barley (and at one time oats) from the Manitoba/Ontario border to the Peace River region of North East Alberta was originally created after WWI when grain markets were first stabilized by a federal agency. More

Does zero Bakken crude for Irving Oil indicate a trend?
Irving Oil Ltd., operator of Canada's largest crude oil refinery, has stopped importing crude oil sourced from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and shipped by rail in favor of cheaper crudes from such producers as OPEC, "reflecting a shift in crude costs affecting East Coast refiners during a global slump in oil prices," the Wall Street Journal recently reported. The 320,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, one of the biggest by volume in North America, had been receiving 100,000 barrels a day by rail, a high reached two years ago that was only temporarily affected by the Lac Mégantic disaster.More

Probe of CP Rail crash in British Columbia examines 'over length' train
CBC News
Canada's Transportation Safety Board has announced a full "Class 3" investigation into how two CP Rail freight trains crashed and derailed while one was trying to pass the other early Sunday high in the British Columbia mountains just east of the Rogers Pass. A CP Rail conductor on eastbound train 602 suffered a concussion around 2:25 a.m. PT when he was thrown from his seat, while the engineer at the controls escaped serious physical injury when their locomotive, hauling empty potash cars, slammed into the tail end of a parked westbound train.More

CN track in northern Ontario received upgrades: Transport Canada
CBC News
Transport Canada has confirmed CN made repairs to the tracks in northern Ontario in response to inspections done after a series of derailments earlier this year between Hornepayne and Sudbury. ​The Transportation Safety Board has yet to release its final report on the two fiery train derailments that spilled oil near the community of Gogama in February and March, but a preliminary report indicated track deficiencies may be a contributing factor.More

Exclusive: Safety deadline may exempt US railroads from freight obligations
U.S. railroads may not be obligated under federal law to carry freight including crude oil and hazardous materials from Jan. 1 if they fail to meet a year-end deadline for implementing new train safety technology, according to a top federal regulator. In a recent letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott says the common carrier obligation requiring freight railroads to honor reasonable requests for service from shippers "is not absolute, and railroads can suspend service for various reasons, including safety."More

Nominations open for 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For contest
Truck News
The 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For contest and survey is now open for nominations the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge announced. The contest recognizes fleets with superior HR best practices, who set an example for the rest of the trucking industry. To nominate a fleet for the award, visit between Sept. 8 and Oct. 31. To be eligible, a for-hire fleet must have at least 10 trucks and operate in the U.S. or Canada. There is no TCA membership required. More

Manitoba Trucking Association setting up safety group
Today's Trucking
The Manitoba Trucking Association announced it will establish a safety association to help reduce worker injury and illness in the province's commercial transportation industry. The Manitoba Trucking Safety Association will promote sound safety and health practices, and provide leadership in advancing a culture of safety in the trucking industry, according to MTA. It will develop and deliver safety and health training, programs and services for trucking companies. More

Court sides with province on Ontario's speed limiter law
Truck News
The provincial court of appeal has ruled that speed limiters, which prevent trucks from going faster than 105 km/h, are legal in Ontario, upholding earlier passed provincial legislation. Justice Peter Lauwers ruled this recently in the case involving St. Catharine's truck driver Gene Michaud, who had been ticketed for not having his speed limiter set properly back in 2009. He argued that traveling at 105 km/h was unsafe and violated his charter rights. He successfully argued his case in 2012, claiming the speed limiter didn’t give him room to maneuver in case he need to for safety reasons. Then, the province appealed and the decision was overturned in 2014.More

Diesel costs turn higher for 1st time in weeks
Today's Trucking
The average price for trucking's main fuel has posted weekly increases in both Canada and the U.S. for the first time since early this summer. In Canada diesel gained $0.002 for a national average of $1.033 per liter, according to the petroleum information services provider The Kent Group. This follows 10 consecutive weeks where the price either fell or was unchanged, in which it declined a total of $0.093 per liter. Despite this week's gain, diesel is $0.264 per liter less than this time last year and remains at its lowest level in several years. More

Meritor Wabco debuts collision mitigation system in medium-duty trucks
Truck News
Meritor Wabco revealed today that the OnGuard Collision Mitigation System is now available for use in medium-duty trucks. OnGuard has previously been used extensively in heavy-duty trucks since 2007, the company said, adding that OnGuard is the leading collision mitigation system in North America with more than 90,000 systems sold. "More than 200 fleets are using the system to help keep their truck drivers and fellow motorists safe," said Stephen Hampson, president and general manager, Meritor Wabco.More

Canada and Russia's arctic path to reconciliation
Global Risk Insights
Much attention has been paid to Moscow's interest in developing the emerging Northern Sea Route that runs the length of the Russian Arctic coast. However, Russia can also benefit from the development of the lesser-known Arctic Bridge Route, where it finds an unlikely partner: Canada. Russia-Canada relations have been far from cordial since the 2014 Crimean Invasion, and with tensions escalating over the past year, the bad blood has spilled over into a shared domain of increasing importance: the Arctic.More

Tideworks deploys container availability app at Boston port
Cargo Business
Tideworks Technology announced the first deployment of its Forecast Mobile Lite product in Conley Terminal at the Port of Boston. The mobile application allows terminal customers, especially truckers, to search for container availability information in real time. "We’re very pleased to partner with Conley Terminal for the initial deployment of the mobile version of our customer service web portal," said Michael Schwank, president of Tideworks Technology.More

A container ship traveling around the ocean at night is one of the most beautiful things
According to author Casey Chan: I literally gasped in disbelief when I first saw this timelapse by Toby Smith of the Gunhilde Maersk at sea. It goes from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Ningbo, China, and the night scenes are unbelievable. The skies are salted with glittery stars and the lights of the port cities paint the horizon in a sort of ethereal fire and the container ship shines through the sea in an illustrious green and it's all the most amazing thing to see. More

Air freight demand falls in July
International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Association released data for global air freight markets showing a fall in air cargo demand in July compared to the same month last year. Air freight volumes measured in freight tonne kilometers fell 0.6 percent, in line with weaker global economic growth. The decline was broad-based across all regions with the exception of Africa and the Middle East. The most pronounced falls were in the Americas, where international FTK volumes were down more than 5 percent compared to July 2014. More

Cargojet, UPS enter into long-term air cargo services agreement
Canadian Shipper
Cargojet announced it has entered into a new Air Cargo Service Agreement with United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. This Agreement replaces the agreement originally entered into in 2003 to provide domestic overnight air cargo services throughout Canada. "Cargojet is extremely pleased to have successfully extended our long-standing business relationship as the primary domestic air cargo service provider to UPS in Canada. Cargojet will continue to provide highly reliable and cost-effective overnight air cargo services to UPS," said Ajay Virmani President and CEO of Cargojet. More