Waterbridge Steel an innovative B.C. shipbuilder nowhere near an ocean

By R. Bruce Striegler

With names like Francois, Williston, Babine or Arrow, British Columbia is marked with massive freshwater lakes, some man-made others natural, and John Harding is exceedingly familiar with many of them. A former lawyer in Prince George, his company Waterbridge Steel Inc. now constructs inland ferries in remote B.C. locations and also operates some of those ferries under contract with the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Promoting the Atlantic connection: Seaway Days

By R. Bruce Striegler

Province a hot spot for project cargoes

On a cold, snowy evening in early March, over 150 people gathered in Calgary as guests of Duluth Seaway Port Authority, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and fifteen other major shipping and logistics companies from central Canada and the U.S. “This evening’s event is a sign of our appreciation, we know that we have to earn your business, we’re in a competitive market and we realize that,” begins Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development for The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

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Gateway Facilities ULC improves refrigerated logistics at Halifax Airport

By Tom PETERS

If you are a shipper of seafood or any other perishable products, Gateway Facilities ULC at Halifax Stanfield International Airport can offer you some cold comfort. Literally! The 40,000-square foot warehouse facility opened in June 2010, contains 7,000 square feet of temperature controlled space just minutes from waiting cargo aircraft. It is a feature unique to Atlantic Canada, and in fact, unique all the way down the east coast to Florida.

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Reefers used to protect artifacts

By Keith Norbury

As a rule, reefer containers transport goods like meat, fish, and vegetables — with shelf lives measured in weeks or months. Star Cool refrigerated containers from Maersk, however, were deployed recently to carry cargoes that are centuries old. The containers — made by Maersk Container Industry, a manufacturing unit of A.P. Moller – Maersk Group — are being deployed to relocate artifacts from an archaeological site in Lübeck, Germany, according to a March 26 news release. During housing construction at a UNESCO heritage site in the city, a wooden storage cellar dating from 1180 was discovered, the news release said. Cereals and hops stored in the cellar are believed to have been used to make beer in medieval times.

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Emirates SkyCargo strengthens its Cool Chain premium service

SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has strengthened its Cool Chain Premium Service with the appointment of an additional cool chain solutions provider. SkyCargo has contracted CSafe, a global provider of cool chain solutions, for the supply and service of mobile refrigeration units used for its Cool Chain Premium Service, which specialises in the transport of temperature-sensitive products, including pharmaceuticals. The contract will provide units for SkyCargo’s important Dublin to Australia route, which operates through Dubai. Upon completion of a successful test period, SkyCargo will analyse additional lanes for opportunities to further expand the agreement.

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