CN, Trealmont Transport Inc. (Montship Inc.) and Kaptan US LLC have announced they have reached an agreement to develop a multimodal transload facility located in CN’s Calgary Logistics Park. The new facility is planned to be operational in the third quarter of 2024.
Kaptan and Trealmont Transport Inc. (Montship Inc.) have agreed to purchase land located within CN’s Calgary Logistics Park and will build a logistics facility designed for transloading intermodal containers originating and departing from the ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver.
The logistics facility will transform the supply chain tied to transpacific trade by redesigning the flows to an all-rail transload model positioned inland through Calgary. It will provide rail access with seamless transload of imports to domestic containers and a direct connection for Western Canadian commodities to reload exports. The facility will be equipped with a multicommodity crossdock, warehouse, container yard for storage and rail spur connected directly to the facility all within CN’s Intermodal logistics park.
“We view Calgary as the next frontier in the transload market. It is ideally suited to serve both west coast gateways (Vancouver and Prince Rupert) and will offer significant advantages to both import and export customers. Teaming up with CN and their unmatched network is a unique opportunity for us. We look forward to working with stakeholders to deliver the benefits this project will present,” said Brian McDonald, Chairman and CEO, Montship Inc.
“We are extremely happy to partner with Montship and Kaptan and welcome them to CN’s Logistics Park in Calgary. This new facility will provide value to our customers and the regional economy by leveraging CN’s robust network and two options to Asian markets via the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. This facility will serve both importers to Central Canada and the US Midwest as well as Canadian exporters with direct rail service all located inside CN’s Calgary Logistics Park,” commented Dan Bresolin, Vice-President, Intermodal, CN.
Calgary, the primary center for distribution in Western Canada, provides the ideal location for transloading imports to 53’ Domestic containers for furtherance inland and reloading 40’s containers with abundant export commodities. By utilizing the inland transload model, steamship lines benefit from fully balancing their containers, while assisting beneficial cargo owners with minimal congestion and eliminating costly West Coast labor and trucking to /from the ports. The model will create reliable and future capacity to grow. The movement of freight by rail instead of trucks lowers greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75%, providing a more sustainable solution, while enhancing fluidity in the supply chain.
(Photo of CN Calgary Logistics Park)