From the Journal of Commerce:
Canada’s West Coast container ports stayed level in the first quarter of 2013 with the robust growth that they experienced last year. Year-over-year, Canadian ports saw a higher throughput volume in the first quarter of 2013, but a slight dip in West Coast traffic market share.
Overall, U.S. ports hold [...]
This week, the Citizens Trade Campaign — a U.S. coalition of environmental, labor, consumer, family farm, religious and other civil society groups — reported that farmers and labour groups across the Pacific region are demanding that dairy be taken out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement altogether. Removing all barriers to trade in milk and milk [...]
The project is being funded jointly by Governments of Canada and BC, which have contributed 15-million dollars — and by CN Rail and the Port Authority, which have each committed to 30-million dollars.
From CFTK-TV BC North:
Friday marked a groundbreaking launch of construction of the port’s 90-million dollar Road, Rail and Utility Corridor [...]
From the Montreal Gazette:
Longshore workers in Montreal’s Old Port voted Wednesday to accept a new collective agreement that will increase their wages by a maximum of 12 per cent over the next six years.
Fifty-six per cent voted in favour of the contract, just two months after the last contract expired.
In a statement, [...]
ILWU Canada President Mark Gordienko
BC Shipping News published a lengthy interview with Mark Gordienko, president of ILWU Canada. Excerpts:
ILWU Canada: Backbone of the waterfront
For Mark Gordienko, who assumed the role of President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada in March 2012 following the 16-year tenure of Tom Dufresne, the [...]
The world’s second-biggest shipping line is bolstering its presence at the Port of Long Beach with a major long-term leasing partnership that will double its stake in Long Beach, the head of the port announced Thursday.
Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s partnership with Total Terminal International in Pier T is considered a major win for the Port [...]
From a Bunge rews release:
Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (BG), has announced a leadership transition for its Canadian operations. Richard “Rick” A. Watson, who has served as country manager since 2008, will retire effective March 31, 2013. With this change, Karl Gerrand will join Bunge from Viterra, Inc., [...]
Excerpted from a Journal of Commerce Analysis:
East Coast ports maintained their lead in containerized exports in the first nine months of 2012 and increased their share of import and export markets. And they did so despite shipper concerns at the end of September over a potential strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association and a [...]
Normand Gauthier was killed while working aboard the Maineborg last week. It was the second fatality at the port in less than three years.
Our condolences go out to Mr. Gauthier’s family, friends and colleagues.
CUPE member Normand Gauthier, a longshoreman at the port of Matane, was killed at work on Monday, January 7.
The recent ship grounding at the Port of Prince Rupert was at least the third such recent incident, stoking fears of oil spills. An area maritime attorney who’s an expert on marine emergency planning said ‘the accident could easily have been a disaster – and had it resulted in a major oil spill, B.C. [...]
The Port of Prince Rupert has become the first marine facility to implement a new cargo screening project as part of a new Canada-US security agreement.
Under the new pilot project, the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, any cargo arriving at the port must be screened upon arrival, which when cleared, will be free to move [...]
International container volume in North America increased 3.9 percent during the second quarter, marking the best quarterly results in a year, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) “Intermodal Market Trends and Statistics Report” issued last month.
In absolute terms, the quarter also served as the international segment’s highest second quarter since 2008, [...]
A further step has been taken toward the possible construction of a liquefied natural gas export terminal at Prince Rupert.
Spectra Energy has announced an agreement with BG Group, which has been talking about the project for some time with the Port of Prince Rupert and others.
The two Texas-based companies are proposing to build [...]
Canadian National Railway plans to buy more than 2,200 railcars and 1,300 new containers this year to support growing bulk materials and intermodal traffic.
The order comes after the largest Canadian railroad saw a 4 percent year-over-year rise in volume in the second quarter, which included a 13 percent jump in intermodal volume. The largest [...]
Rather than pit regions against each other, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell predicts USDOT would endorse projects aiding West Coast ports to increase their Asian trade, while competing against Canada and Mexico.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood chose Seattle’s Harbor Island on Thursday morning to announce creation of a Freight Policy Council. His goal is [...]