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Demand for Canadian trade drives record year at Port Metro Vancouver
Port Metro Vancouver
Port Metro Vancouver today released its 2014 year-end statistics, showing its second consecutive year of record-breaking cargo volumes.
The year was marked by best-ever volumes in the bulk and container sectors, resulting in a record overall year in tonnage. The port's terminals handled 140 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, up three per cent from 2013. Import cargo rose 4.1 per cent to 29 million tonnes, and exports rose 3.3 per cent to 111 million tonnes.
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Canada welcomes arrangement with US on new Windsor-Detroit bridge
Canada has now signed an Arrangement to ensure that the new publicly-owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, can proceed without further delay, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced.
In a statement, Minister Raitt said:
"I am pleased to confirm that following significant discussions with the United States and Michigan, Canada has now signed an Arrangement to ensure that the new publicly-owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan can proceed without further delay."
How can low gas prices be bad for the transportation industry?
By Ryan Clark
Nothing affects the transportation industry quite like fuel. Whether it's price, type or scarcity, the specter of gas always looms heavy over the nation's infrastructure and the industry of trains, planes, boats and automobiles. It seems, now more than ever, low gas prices are helping alleviate pain at the pump, while also pushing economic and political movement forward. So why are so many in the transportation industry unhappy?
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Drewry: Liner service reliability falls to record low
Liner service reliability fell to a record low in January as the effects of U.S. West Coast congestion and the phasing-in of new alliance services took their toll, according to the Carrier Performance Insight, by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
The overall on-time performance for the three key East-West trades slumped to a disappointing 48.6% in January, down by 9.4 percentage points on December, which itself was one of the worst months of 2014, the report said.
On a trade lane basis, the Transpacific — based on 3,351 voyages — was the worst offender with an on-time performance of just 36 percent in January, down from 47 percent in December.
CN says Teamsters-represented rail traffic controllers in Canada ratify new collective agreement
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CN announced that members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Rail Canada Traffic Controllers union have ratified a new labour agreement. The four-year agreement covers approximately 180 rail traffic controllers in Canada.
Jim Vena, CN executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: "We are delighted to see another union ratify a new labour contract as we wrap up this current round of bargaining in Canada. The agreement was amicably negotiated by the company and union and will deliver real wage and benefit improvements to our employees."
CP, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference agree to binding arbitration
Canadian Pacific and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference have agreed to enter into binding arbitration, putting an end to the work stoppage by CP's locomotive engineers and conductors.
"This decision ensures both sides will get back to the table, and gets us back to moving Canada's economy forward," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "While we would have preferred a negotiated settlement, this is the right thing to do at this time."
Plans to implement Ontario's mandatory entry-level driver training progress
Last fall, Ontario's provincial government announced its plans to consult the trucking industry on plans to introduce mandatory entry-level commercial driver training to improve safety across provincial roadways. Recently, pending plans to introduce the new program took a major step forward.
At the Marriott Airport Hotel in Toronto, nearly 100 decision-makers gathered for the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario's roundtable where how to implement such training was discussed.
Drivers asked to rate their shippers and receivers
The OTA has rolled out a new survey called Operation UpGrade that allows drivers and carriers the chance to reveal how shippers and consignees treat truckers during pickups and deliveries.
The OTA says the survey will help it identify the strongest and weakest links in the supply chain.
Upon taking the survey, carriers and drivers assign a score to the shipper facility based on how they or their drivers are treated and send them to the detention hall or become of member of the carriers' honour roll.
Morneau Sego expands in Newfoundland
Morneau Sego, a division of Groupe Morneau, has announced the opening of a new terminal in Wabush, Newfoundland.
The company says the new location will improve service in the Quebec and Labrador regions. It will also enable more competitively-priced connections and faster deliveries, according to the company.
"This terminal further strengthens Morneau Sego's operational flexibility, and improves the overall service for which Groupe Morneau is renowned," said Frederic Ruel, development director at Morneau Sego.
Hong Kong tops ACI airport list for 2014 freight
Air Cargo World
Preliminary data from Airports Council International showed that Hong Kong International Airport handled the most air cargo in 2014, rising 6.1 percent from the year before to 4.3 million tonnes. Globally, airfreight volume was healthy in 2014 after three years of tepid growth. Regionally, the Middle Eastern airports increased volume 11.8 percent in 2014, which makes it the highest growth region in 2014.
ACI: Global air freight rises 5 percent in 2014
Global air freight grew 4.7 percent in 2014 along with 5 percent growth in passenger traffic, ending three years of stagnant growth, according to Montreal-based Airports Council International.
"The mature markets of North America and Europe experienced modest growth levels whereas the major emerging economies such as BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — had posted double-digit gains year after year" said ACI economics director Rafael Echevarne.
Port crisis: Scramble for capacity before Chinese New Year
Air Cargo World
In a nightmare scenario for shippers, forwarders, manufacturers and retailers — but a golden opportunity for charter carriers — the U.S. West Coast port crisis has intensified just before the President's Day weekend in the United States and a week before the annual factory closures for Chinese New Year, causing many suppliers to scramble for last-minute airfreight space.
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Shippers face choppy waters
With the West Coast congestion crisis threatening to explode into a full-scale lockout, shippers seem locked in a lose-lose-lose dance with carriers and ports.
Add to that the uncertainties surrounding decisions to divert cargoes, the low price of fuel and what that means for slow steaming, carrier reliability and the price of doing business — and it's likely that once the congestion eases, the endgame is likely to be lengthy, complex and unsatisfactory.
Shippers fear tough season on icy Great Lakes
The prolonged frigid temperatures this winter have left a giant frozen cover over much of the Great Lakes.
And if the cold temperatures continue unabated, it could set a record. And that means commercial shipping will likely be impacted this spring — with a later opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway system and slow ramp-up of vessels that can actually get through.
As of this week, 85.6 per cent of the Great Lakes are covered with ice including almost all of Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
West Coast ports and dockworkers start clearing backlog
After the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Association made a tentative deal on a new 5-year contract for West Coast port dockworkers, ports and dockworkers started tackling the cargo backlog with a vengeance.
"They've turned the firehose on," said Jon Slangerup, chief executive officer of the Port of Long Beach, in a telephone interview with Bloomberg. He said the PMA and the ILWU are "committed to digging out of this as quickly as possible."
Port Metro Vancouver reports record year for cargo
Port Metro Vancouver has released its 2014 year-end statistics, showing its second consecutive year of record-breaking cargo volumes.
The year was marked by best-ever volumes in the bulk and container sectors, resulting in a record overall year in tonnage. The port's terminals handled 140 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, up three per cent from 2013. Import cargo rose 4.1 per cent to 27 million tonnes, and exports rose 3.3 per cent to 108 million tonnes.
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