The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

CN Rail, Unifor reach tentative late-night deal to avoid lockout

Unifor says it has reached a tentative contract settlement with Canadian National Railway to avoid a lockout of 4,800 workers.

The Montreal-based railway had said it planned to lock out workers represented by Unifor unless the union agreed to binding arbitration to settle contract differences. However, Unifor president Jerry Dias had firmly rejected binding arbitration.



CN train hauling crude oil derails in Ontario

An eastbound CN freight train hauling crude oil has derailed on the CN mainline north of Gogama. The wreckage is on fire according to information provide by a CN official.

The stretch of rail between Gogama and Foleyet is extremely remote and cannot be accessed by road, according to Ontario Provincial Police. CN said the […]


Grain handler Louis Dreyfus files complaint against CN Rail

Reuters reports that a huge crop combined with a frigid winter caused CN and rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd to fall behind on filling requests for grain hopper cars to country elevators. This caused grains and oilseeds to pile up in commercial and farm storage, including the largest wheat stocks in 20 years as […]


Canada grain handlers to expand as crops overwhelm system

On Wednesday, Canadian National Railway Co Chief Executive Claude Mongeau said the railway would consider expanding its capacity if grain handlers do the same.

Three Canadian grain handlers said this week that they will expand facilities to handle the country’s crops, after a record-smashing harvest overwhelmed the transportation system.

Viterra, owned by Glencore Xstrata PLC, […]


CN obtains injunction against striking Vancouver truckers

Canadian National Railway on Friday obtained an injunction against striking union and non-union truck groups that will prevent their drivers from blocking access to the railroad’s intermodal terminal serving Port Metro Vancouver.

British Columbia Supreme Court Judge George Macintosh granted the injunction prohibiting United Truckers Association and Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers Association from obstructing people or […]


Recent oil train disaster adds to concerns over safety

This aerial photo shows derailed train cars burning in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. A series of recent derailments in North America have worried both officials and residents close to rail lines. On Dec. 30, an oil train derailed and exploded in North Dakota, causing the evacuation of a nearby […]


Port of Prince Rupert's Construction Launch Supports Billions in New Terminal Developments

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 […]


High stakes for Tacoma, West Coast ports

From the News Tribune:

Tacoma, other West Coast ports face challenges: Competiton from north, south of U.S. borders

While the terminal operators in Mexico and Canada talk about serving their national markets, both Prince Rupert and Lazaro Cardenas have a common attribute that could make them strong competitors for U.S. business. Both ports are connected […]


CN Buys 2,200 Railcars, 1,300 Containers

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 […]


Alaska to construct new Marine Highway dock in Prince Rupert

Alaska Marine Highway Terminal in Prince Rupert

The State of Alaska is planning to rebuild its Marine Highway ferry terminal in Prince Rupert.

The terminal was originally built in 1963 and is the only Canadian stop on the state’s extensive coastal ferry system. With the original agreement soon to come to an end, the State […]


CP Rail strike seen delaying Canada grain shipments

A strike at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, the country’s No. 2 railroad, will delay at least 162,000 tonnes of grain sold to Canadian Wheat Board buyers, a senior CWB official said on Wednesday.

Canadian shippers are highly dependent on the country’s two dominant railways to move grain because there is no river freight system in […]