CN to construct five long sidings in 2012 on B.C. North Line

Canadian National Railways announced that it plans to construct five extended sidings on its B.C. North Line in 2012 as part of a multi-year capital program to expand freight train capacity to handle growing freight volumes along its important Edmonton-Prince Rupert  corridor.

In 2011, more than half a million carloads/intermodal units moved over CN’s B.C. North corridor. By 2015, CN traffic on this line could nearly double. (more…)

Port of Hamilton anticipates increased cruise visits

Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) recently welcomed the MV Grande Caribe, a specialized 96-passenger cruise ship which added Hamilton to its itinerary during the last two years. Operated by U.S.-based Blount Small Ship Adventures, the vessel is the sister ship to the MV Grande Mariner, which has stopped in Hamilton since 2010 and will return this August.

The MV Grande Caribe will make three vessel stops in Hamilton in 2012. The ship stayed overnight in Hamilton, giving its passengers the opportunity to explore the city. “Cruise vessel traffic continues to increase in the port which supports advancing our international reputation and role as a multifaceted harbour,” said HPA President and CEO Bruce Wood.

Representatives from HPA and the Hamilton Waterfront Trust welcomed the vessel, and Tourism Hamilton provided visitor packages to encourage passengers to take in such venues as Royal Botanical Gardens, museums and shopping.

The stop in Hamilton is part of a ten-day cruise from New York City to Toronto. For additional information on the vessel and itinerary visit www.blountsmallshipadventures.com.

At Annual General Meeting, Mariners’ House reveals plans to celebrate its 150th anniversary

Mariners’ House held its Annual General Meeting on June 28, and all but one of the members of the previous Board return to their former positions. Joyce Hammock, Publisher and Editor of Canadian Sailings Transportation & Trade Logistics, continues as President of the organization, founded 150 years ago as the Montreal Sailors’ Club and which joined forces with the Catholic Sailors’ Club in 1968. (more…)