CTA investigating possible Vancouver area rail service issues

L'OTC examine une possible question du service ferroviaire dans la région de Vancouver


The Canadian Transportation Agency announced it will investigate possible problems with freight train service issues in the Vancouver area, including whether there is discriminatory treatment of certain commodities and whether rail companies are fulfilling their obligations. The CTA said an investigation was appropriate based on information received from shipper associations and other parties.

Agency chairman Scott Streiner said public hearings at the end of January will allow parties to submit evidence and suggest remedies when desirable.

The Forests Products Association of Canada said  that it welcomes the investigation, adding that rail delays last year cost the forest sector over $500 million.

Keith Creel, president and CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, said in a statement CP "takes great exception" to being included in the investigation.

"We have not been made aware of any formal complaints to the CTA relating to our service in Vancouver, nor has the CTA been in touch with us prior to launching this investigation," he says.

"The fact is that CP has achieved record-setting performance in Vancouver thanks to our talented team of railroaders who work day and night to make it one of the best performing terminals in North America."


Grain highlights Thunder Bay 2018 cargo activity



The final vessel of the shipping season departed the Port of Thunder Bay Sunday, January 13, capping off a busy end to another good year at the Lake Superior port. MV Kaministiqua is headed for Windsor with a load of canola from the Canadian prairies. Kaministiqua was one of 65 vessels to call the port during the final month of the shipping season, besting the tally of 49 from last year.

Port facilities demonstrated capability and efficiency in December; the port had its third-best month of the last 20 years with nearly 1.5 million metric tonnes of cargo crossing docks. Prairie-grown grain accounted for the majority of the total; the large sum of grain exported in December brought the port's annual grain haul to 7.4 million tonnes, up from
7.3 million the prior season.

Movement of other dry bulk and liquid bulk was slower than previous years in the port and accounted for the slight (1%) drop in the port's overall cargo tonnage from 8.82 million tonnes in 2017 to 8.74 million tonnes in 2018.

Annual shipments of coal and potash from Western Canada were strong as well. Combined, these shipments amounted to 1.13 million tonnes, which is 20% above the five-year average. The potash tally was the second highest of the past decade; only last year was higher.

The port's general cargo facility handled a diverse slate of dimensional cargoes in 2018, ranging from structural steel and rail to windmills to modular buildings. The terminal's $15 million dollar reconfiguration project which includes a new rail yard, expanded laydown and doubling the heated storage capacity is underway and is slated for completion in 2020. (photo TPA)


IMO helps Member States with sustainability targets

L'OMI aide ses États membres à réaliser les objectifs de développement durable


In 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It calls for action by all countries to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030, world-wide.

To help its Member States gain a better understanding of the SDGs and the role IMO can play in achieving them, IMO and the United Nations System Staff College held a workshop (11 January) for Member State delegations at IMO's London headquarters. Among the topics covered in the workshop were how to integrate different stakeholders and develop coherent policies with regard to sustainable development, and how to generate engagement and buy-in among potential partners.

As part of the United Nations family, IMO is actively committed to helping its Member States achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Indeed, most of the elements of the 2030 Agenda will only be realized with a sustainable shipping sector supporting world trade and facilitating global economy. The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are widely seen as an opportunity to transform the world for the better, leaving no one behind.

Find out more about IMO and the SDGs, here.


Prince Rupert Port Authority commits $1 million to salmon enhancement in Skeena River

L'Administration portuaire de Prince Rupert consacre un million $ à l'amélioration du saumon dans la rivière Skeena


The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has just announced an initiative to support salmon enhancement in the Skeena River watershed.

The Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program dedicates $1 million from PRPA's Community Investment Fund specifically to partner with local organizations on projects that increase salmon stock productivity and the maintenance and rehabilitation of critical habitat in the Skeena River watershed.  The fund will also seek to support innovative pilot projects that will achieve these objectives and support the health, resilience and sustainability of Skeena River salmon during this International Year of the Salmon.

The program is focused on working with regional partners such as First Nations, non-governmental organizations, and community groups.The program also provides the opportunity to partner with other agencies and organizations leading similar initiatives to leverage additional financial resources toward this important priority.  In addition to monetary support, PRPA is also seeking ways to share capacity and data from its existing environmental stewardship programs to enhance new and existing salmon-related initiatives.



Stollenwerk named Port of Duluth's Director of Government and Environmental Affairs


McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority welcomes aboard a new Director of Government and Environmental Affairs next week as Jeff Stollenwerk joins the leadership team effective January 16. In accepting the government and environmental affairs post at the Port Authority, Mr. Stollenwerk succeeds Deb DeLuca, who was appointed executive director of the organization in August 2018

Mr. Stollenwerk, an experienced water quality professional, brings over 28 years of environmental and legislative expertise to the position, including development and implementation of regulatory policy on navigational dredge material reuse and mitigating environmental risks from maritime vessel discharges. Having managed water quality programs for industrial sectors throughout Minnesota for the state's Pollution Control Agency, he developed strong, collaborative relationships with representatives at all levels of government-federal, tribal, state and local units-providing expert advice on a wide range of legislative initiatives.

In making the announcement, Ms. Deb DeLuca highlighted Mr. Stollenwerk's public policy expertise, particularly regarding water quality regulation at federal and state levels.


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