After months of decline, Fairview Terminal saw a significant jump in traffic last month.
The total tonnage handled by the terminal in November increased 16.69 per cent year-over-year, from 43,532 TEUs in 2012 to 50,798 TEUs in 2013, with imports climbing from 25,286 TEUs last year to 28,940 TEUs this year, an increase of 14.45 [...]
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan is cutting its workforce by about 18 per cent, affecting 1,045 people — with the biggest hits in its home province of Saskatchewan, as well as New Brunswick and Florida.
The cuts come amid lower prices for potash after Russian-based Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, quit the Belarusian [...]
Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner calling for the end of tar sands development on one of Kinder Morgan’s storage tanks last week. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News
Douglas Ross, of Simon Fraser’s political science department, said the ease with which Greenpeace activists occupied the oil terminal last Wednesday illustrates the vulnerability of [...]
”We are extremely pleased that Canada has seriously given life to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC),” said Peter Lahay ITF Canadian Coordinator. ”On our request Transport Canada inspectors are enforcing a convention that has been agreed to by the world’s shipping community and member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO has [...]
The Nordic Orion, a 225-metre vessel owned by Nordic Bulk Carriers of Denmark, generated many headlines across Canada recently when it carried 15,000 tonnes of coal from Vancouver through the Northwest Passage to a steel plant in Finland.
Despite all the hype that attended the recent voyage of the Nordic Orion through the Northwest Passage [...]
From Canadian blog The Tyee:
Krissy Murphy, ILWU Local 500
Krissy Murphy, a member of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 500, is a muscular and enthusiastic woman of 30, with bright red-henna hair and an infectious laugh. She’s been working on the docks now for eight years. Shifting containers, she says [...]
News Tribune graphic, 2012
The legislation would change the Harbor Maintenance Tax and give shippers “new incentives to move their goods through American ports-particularly those in the Pacific Northwest,” said Senator Murray.
A US Senate bill could go forward next month that will propose a repeal of the existing Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) [...]
”The threat is real,” said Cantwell. ”The Federal Maritime Commission found that up to 27 percent of container volume moving through West Coast ports is at risk of diverting to Prince Rupert.” Canadian ports have soared from 7.8 to 13.9 percent, with expansion that will allow Prince Rupert to take more cargoes than Seattle, [...]
A new container handling gantry crane arrived at the Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal Saturday aboard the heavy cargo vessel Zheng Hua 11, concluding its 8,300-kilometre journey from manufacturer ZPMC in Shanghai, China.
The new crane brings the port’s total complement of Super-Post Panamax container cranes to four. The new crane is identical [...]
Shares of major North American potash producers fell sharply Tuesday on word that a Russian company is pulling out of a marketing group and is expected to undercut competitors’ prices for the fertilizer.
OAO Uralkali announced Tuesday it was withdrawing from a joint venture with another company from Belarus that set the price for about [...]
Port Saint John, NB
Saint John (NB) – For the fifth consecutive month, Port Saint John reports significant tonnage increases in a number of sectors of Port traffic for the month of May, with an overall increase of one per cent over the same period in 2012.
Port Saint John is Eastern Canada’s largest [...]
From the Journal of Commerce:
Three ILWU Canada locals held an informational picket in Prince Rupert to protest the arrival of the vessel King Felipe, which was partially loaded earlier in the week by non-ILWU labor at the United Grain terminal in Washington state. The Canadian dockworkers, however, finished loading the vessel Tuesday.
ILWU Canada [...]
Members of Prince Rupert’s labour movement were on Ridley Island yesterday, protesting the arrival of a ship to Prince Rupert Grain they say was loaded by “scab labour” in the U.S.
Three locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) joined members of the Grain Workers Union (GWU) and the Prince [...]
Excerpts from an editorial in the Columbian:
Washingtonians are learning a lot more these days about bridges and commercial trade, as we realize that virtually every product we use comes to us by truck, much of it through ports. The Associated Press reported recently that $10 billion in freight crosses the Skagit River annually, a [...]
BHP’s not-yet-final plan for a mine near Jansen, Saskatchewan, that would produce 8 million tonnes annually, would change the global supply and demand picture so dramatically that Russia-based Uralkali would rein in its own expansion plans if BHP goes ahead, Chief Executive Vladislav Baumgertner said in an email exchange with Reuters this week.
Uralkali is [...]