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Transport Canada looking to expand risk assessments for dangerous goods
With persistent public focus on the potential dangers of trains carrying hazardous cargo across Canada, Transport Canada is looking to launch a risk analysis of transporting dangerous goods by rail, road, sea and air.
The expanded risk analysis program will, according to the department, allow it to "more effectively monitor and assess changes in risk due to changing trends in supply chain, volumes, routes, etc."
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Hub-spoke inland ports boast multimodal offerings
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Winnipeg, Manitoba's CentrePort, with its hub-spoke position in the middle of the North American continent, and Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub, are two of Canada's inland ports looking to grow as key intersections for Canadian trade. Situated at the eastern end of the Asia Pacific Gateway, and at the very western end of the Atlantic Gateway, CentrePort is the only inland port in Canada to offer direct access to tri-modal transportation options including road, rail and air cargo.
Canadian Arctic port and rail company pins hope for revival on oil exports
Operators of Canada's only deepwater Arctic sea port say they will "anchor" its future in the transport of crude oil across remote northern wilderness and polar bear habitat.
The prospect of transporting crude oil for hundreds of miles on a rail line that buckles and bends with the unstable permafrost beneath, and then out to sea in the Arctic, has generated controversy in Canada.
Trans-Canada college focuses on New Brunswick truck driver shortage
GW Driver Training is planning on upgrading its services and facilities to address the truck driver shortage crisis in New Brunswick, and the first step to the initiative is a change of name, to Collège Trans-Canada College.
"We will be modernizing and upgrading our facilities and services in order to meet the growing needs of New Brunswick's trucking industry," said Tony Reeder, president and CEO of Collège Trans-Canada College.
Congress hears complaints about impact of new HoS rules
U.S. lawmakers heard from truck fleets and owner/operators who are saying that changes to hours-of-service rules implemented in July aren't working as planned.
A U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Small Business invited feedback from front-line workers on how the new HoS rules are impacting them. Duane Long, chairman of Raleigh, N.C.-based Longistics, told the committee that the industry is suffering serious negative impacts as a result of the restrictions.
CN implements program to acquire more rail, wheel monitoring equipment
CN announced a $10 million program through which it plans to acquire additional monitoring equipment to step up inspection and detection efforts regarding train wheels and rail.
The program calls for implementing or installing 30 wayside systems designed to detect hot bearings, hot wheels and dragging equipment; a new track geometry test car to monitor track position, curvature and alignment; an optical track inspection system that uses imaging to identify defects; more than 30 new brittle bar detectors designed to identify and flag derailed equipment; and controlled signaling on certain key sidings in heavily used corridors to alert crews and dispatchers about broken rail.
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IATA-FIATA joint statement on the need for states to ratify MC99
International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) have released a joint position paper calling for states to ratify the Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) treaty to promote trade facilitation.
At the World Trade Organization talks in Bali, Dec. 3-6, states have been urged to take steps to stimulate greater world trade, in order to promote growth in the global economy. For those states who have not yet done so, the ratification of MC99 would be an important step in helping improve the speed, security and efficiency of Air Cargo. MC99 provides the legal framework for the use of electronic data as a record of carriage in place of paper documents, thus paving the way for Freight Forwarders and airlines to use the electronic Air Waybill and other e-freight documents such as the electronic Cargo Security Declaration.
Today, over 33 percent of global trade lanes have fully electronic customs procedures. However, wider adoption of e-freight cannot take place while some 88 states — mainly in South East Asia and Africa — have yet to ratify MC99. The importance of this issue to governments was emphasized at the 38th ICAO Assembly in September-October, where states passed a resolution urging all remaining states to ratify MC99.
Stanley H. H. Lim, the immediate past president of FIATA said, "Air cargo is an essential motor of the global economy with some 35 percent of world trade by value going by air. But air cargo efficiency is hampered by the need to process up to 30 paper documents for each shipment. This is economically and environmentally wasteful. MC99 facilitates international paperless shipments by air and it is vital that governments that have not yet ratified the treaty do so as quickly as possible."
Des Vertannes, IATA's global head of cargo said, "This joint position paper shows that FIATA and IATA are united in our desire to push forward with the e-freight agenda. $6.4 trillion of world trade is carried by air and the successful implementation of electronic data messaging across all trade lanes would dramatically increase the safety, security, efficiency and speed of air cargo shipments. With the global round of trade talks going through a challenging phase, governments across the world are looking for 'quick wins' to enhance world trade, and ratification of MC99 offers them that opportunity."
The paper can also be accessed at this link: www.iata.org/policy/Pages/mc99.aspx.
Edmonton secures first major lease for commercial village
Global Airport Cities
A 45-acre retail outlet is set to become the first property at Edmonton International Airport's 280-acre Highway Commercial Development. A conditional agreement to lease the land has been entered into with global real estate company Ivanhoe Cambridge and the shopping project could be complete by autumn 2016, the airport advised.
Canada and Panama expand air transport relationship
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Canada has successfully concluded negotiations with Panama resulting in an expanded Air Transport Agreement. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, said the expanded agreement, which is being applied immediately, builds on the 2008 Canada-Panama Air Transport Agreement by allowing for increased flight frequencies between both countries, as well as greater flexibility for airlines to offer more air services using the flights of other airlines, commonly known as code-sharing.
G6 alliance to expand trans-Pacific West Coast and trans-Atlantic trades
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
Members of the G6 Alliance announced plans to expand their cooperation to the Asia-North America West Coast and trans-Atlantic trade lanes. The G6 Alliance said the expanded cooperation will provide customers with more service choices and increased sailing frequency. The G6 Alliance plans to deploy about 76 ships across 12 services connecting 27 Asian and North America West Coast ports. Approximately another 42 ships will be deployed across five services including two pendulum services in the trans-Atlantic trade lane calling at 25 ports covering the U.S. East Coast, U.S. West Coast, Canada, Panama, Mexico, Netherlands, the U.K., France, Belgium and Germany.
With this step, the G6 Alliance will provide a network comprising all East-West trade lanes deploying a total of about 240 vessels connecting 66 Asian, American and European ports. The new services are scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014, pending regulatory approval. Details on services and port rotations will be announced at a later date. G6 Alliance members will continue to market their services individually as they now do. The G6 Alliance was formed in late 2011 and began operation in March 2012 in the Asia-Europe and Mediterranean trade. The cooperation expanded to the trade lane between Asia and North America East Coast in May 2013. The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.
NGO reports on shipping oil in the Great Lakes
Chamber of Marine Commerce
The Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes released a report calling for policy and legislative changes and improvements to the current oil response regime in the Great Lakes before having a region-wide conversation on whether or not "tar sands" crude oil should be transported by vessel. The report, entitled "Oil and Water: Tar Sands Crude Shipping Meets Great Lakes?" was prompted by Calumet Specialty Products Company initiating a permitting process with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to construct an oil loading dock adjacent to its refinery in Superior, Wis.
Experts: Time to upgrade tanker ship oil spill rules as traffic jumps
Potential polluters should be prepared for a worst-case scenario and face unlimited liability in the case of an oil spill from one of their tanker ships, a government-appointed panel recommends.
The three-member panel of experts has delivered a report with 45 recommendations for improving Canada's preparedness for oil spills from tankers and barges.
Trans-Pacific partnership discussed at meeting for industry stakeholders
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Canadian stakeholders are calling on governments to prioritize the elimination of chokepoints in supply chain and trade in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to unleash the deal's growth potential for all businesses. The TPP talks, which began in Doha in 2001, are at a continued standstill with all 12 nation participants unable to reach an agreement on at least a dozen chapters. A deal is now expected to be reached in secret at a closed meeting in Singapore next week.
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