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Vancouver port cargo continues record pace

2019-08-15

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority released the 2019 mid-year cargo statistics for goods moving through the Port of Vancouver. Between January 1 and June 30, 2019, overall cargo through the port increased 0.5% to a record 72.5 million metric tonnes (MMT) over the same time last year, with new mid-year records in containers, potash, and grain.

"This year's record mid-year cargo volumes reflect what continues to be two of the Port of Vancouver's greatest strengths-its broad global reach and ability to accommodate the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America," said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. "While Canada is certainly not exempt from the challenges impacting global trade, the diverse range of trading partners and cargo handled through the Port of Vancouver ensures the entire port remains resilient, despite variations in any one sector or commodity."

Strong global demand for Canadian grain resulted in a new mid-year record of 14.8 MMT (both containerized and bulk volumes). Increases in wheat, up 22.4%, and specialty crops, up 34.2%, more than off-set the 12.6% decrease in canola exports at mid-year, which was largely due to a 49.1% per cent decrease in canola exports to China in the first and second quarters of 2019. In fertilizers, potash exports increased 27.3% to record volumes of 5.5 MMT.
Shipping container quantities (measured by TEUs or 20-foot equivalents) also reached a new mid-year record of 1.7 million TEUs, an increase of 3.5% compared to mid-year container quantities in 2018.

In Vancouver, containers arrive filled with electronics, food, clothing and other consumer goods. They leave loaded with Canadian agri products, local wine and craft beer, B.C. forest products and lumber, among other goods. Container trade through the Port of Vancouver is essential for Canadian businesses to gain access to international markets. Approximately $1 in $3 of Canada's trade in goods beyond North America move through the port, with a significant portion of these goods moving in containers. (Photo VFPA)

 
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CN and CSX Announce New Intermodal Service Offering

Le CN et CSX annoncent une nouvelle offre de service intermodal

2019-08-06

 

MONTREAL, Aug. 08, CN and CSX  announcend a new intermodal service offering between CN's greater Montreal & Southern Ontario areas, and the CSX-served ports of Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area.

"Over the long term, the freight market will increasingly depend on demand driven by the consumer economy and the rail industry must create new intermodal services that can successfully rival the over the road options," said JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN. "This interline service fits perfectly with our strategic focus on feeding our unique network through organic and inorganic growth opportunities, including extending our reach into new geographic markets."

"This new intermodal offering aims to convert long-haul trucks to interline rail services," explained Keith Reardon, senior vice-president of consumer product supply chain at CN. "Trains will run directly into the heart of the metropolitan markets of Toronto and Montreal via CN intermodal yards, making this partnership a natural opportunity for both railroads."

"CSX is pleased to work with CN to deliver superior all-rail intermodal service into the Montreal and Toronto markets," said Jim Foote, president and chief executive officer at CSX. "Answering a need expressed by our customers, this new service positions us to capture market share from trucks and increases capacity in these expedited lanes, as larger container ships call at the Port of Philadelphia and Port of New York and New Jersey."

Mark Wallace, CSX executive vice president of sales and marketing said, "At CSX, we're continually evaluating our network to increase efficiency and improve the quality of the service we offer to customers. Offering all-rail intermodal service from the East Coast to Montreal and Toronto aligns with our objectives for providing faster, more efficient service while positioning both CSX and CN for future growth."

The intermodal service agreement will come into effect on October 7, 2019. Photo: CN

 

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The Port of Montreal is elated by Canada's contribution to a project promoting fluidity

Le Port de Montréal se réjouit de la contribution du Canada en vue d'améliorer la fluidité

2019-08-12

 

This morning, an announcement of vital importance to the smooth flow of freight transport at the Port of Montreal was made by Canada's Transport Minister, Marc Garneau: through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Government of Canada is allocating $18.5 million to the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) for its $37 million project to increase freight mobility. The MPA will also be investing $18.5 million in the project.
By banking on greater fluidity and efficiency, this project addresses the constant growth in cargo volumes transiting the Port of Montreal each year. It is noteworthy that since 2009, the total number of goods handled has grown by 58% to 39 million tonnes in 2018, a fifth consecutive record year. In addition to its expansion projects and massive investments in its infrastructure to increase land capacity, particularly at the Viau Terminal and in Contrecoeur, the MPA is doing everything possible to improve, modernize and streamline the management of cargo and containers on its docks.

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Government of Canada invests at the Port of Johnstown

Le gouvernement du Canada investit au port de Johnstown

2019-08-06

 

JOHNSTOWN, ON  - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a major investment of $4.8 million for a project that will increase efficiency at the Port of Johnstown and move Canadian goods to international markets.

To improve productivity at the port, which is located on the west bank of the St. Lawrence Seaway, nine ageing grain loading spouts will be replaced with four more efficient and modern spouts so that larger vessels can be loaded more quickly. A new grain bin will be added to increase the port's storage capacity. This renewal and expansion work will ensure the Port of Johnstown can grow as a strategically located major export gateway for Eastern Canada's agricultural producers

 

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MOL looks at synthetic methane to sail towards zero emissions

MOL se penche sur le méthane synthétique pour atteindre le zéro émission

2019-08-05

 

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., a world leading shipowner today announced that it has joined the Carbon Capture & Reuse (CCR) Study Group (Note 1) and launched the "Cross-industrial Working Group Related to Zero Emission Alternative Ship Fuels." The working group aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in international shipping's value chains by using synthetic methane (methanation fuel) as an alternative to fossil fuel. Synthetic methane is generated by methanation technology that combines CO2 with renewable energy-derived hydrogen.

In April 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which studies measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in international shipping, set the goals-reduce CO2 emissions by 40% per unit of transport by 2030, and total GHG emissions by 50% by 2050, compared to 2008, and to zero GHG emissions as early as possible in this century.

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