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CN starting construction
of Calgary Logistics Park

2011-06-15

CN has announced the start-up of construction this summer of its new Calgary Logistics Park, representing an investment of $200 million, with operations slated to begin in early 2013.

Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, said the facility "will provide seamless transportation solutions to rail customers moving products and commodities into and out of Calgary, one of the fastest-growing cities in North America and a key logistics hub for consumer and industrial goods markets in southern Alberta."

In a press release on June 14, he added that the facility was part of a plan to build similar multi-modal facilities across the CN network at key distribution centres to handle a variety of goods and commodities.

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Seaway 2011 season has good start

2011-06-14

The St. Lawrence Seaway has enjoyed a solid start to the 2011 navigation season, with cargo up nearly 4% during the first two months of activity compared to a year-earlier. Total shipments between March 22 and May 31 amounted to 7.6 million tonnes.

Gains have occurred in grain, salt, coal and petroleum products. Iron ore traffic, on the other hand, was down 39% mainly as a result of the idling of the U.S. Steel plant in Hamilton. However, steel slab shipments were up 102% at 80,000 tonnes.

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Macquarie invests
in two more Halifax post-Panamax cranes

2011-06-13

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, owner of Halterm Container Terminal, is investing in two additional super post-Panamax container cranes at the Port of Halifax. As a result, the port will feature four container berths equipped with seven SPPX cranes by 2012, it was announced on June 7.

"The investment in new cranes is indicative of Halterm's confidence in the long-term strength of the Halifax market," said Ashley Dinning, CEO of Halterm Container Terminal Limited.

Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of Halifax Port Authority, said the investment "further positions the Port of Halifax as a highly competitive East Coast North American trade gateway."  (Photo:HPA)

 
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Fednav new 'green' ship calls Hamilton

2011-06-13

The MV Federal Yukina, the first of three new Fednav Ltd. vessels ordered for trading on the Great Lakes/Seaway System, arrived at Federal Marine Terminals at the Port of Hamilton with a cargo of industrial slag, a material used in steel production.

The ship's arrival was marked on June 9 by a special ceremony attended by Fednav executives and Hamilton Port Authority officials.

Paul Pathy, President and co-CEO of Fednav Group, indicated that Fednav is increasing the capacity of its fleet because the company is "very positive about the long-term significance of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It remains the most economical and environmentally-friendly way to move bulk cargo to and from the North American heartland."

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Ocean Ross Gaudreault enters service

2011-06-03

Named after the former longtime President and Chief Executive Officer of the Québec Port Authority, the Ocean Ross Gaudreault is the latest addition to the fleet of the Ocean Group. Based in the Port of Québec, the state-of-the-art tugboat entered service following a special ceremony held on June 2.

Gordon Bain, President and CEO of Ocean, hailed Mr. Gaudreault as "a great ambassador" whose impact on the port and the region will be felt "for many years to come."

For his part, Mr. Gaudreault remarked: "This company has been an invaluable partner during my career, and its tugs have always provided the necessary support to maritime traffic and harbour operations in a secure and reliable manner. I am very proud to be part of its fleet!"

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