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Management changes at The Essex Terminal Railway

After a career of dedicated service spanning forty-four years, Ed Clough has retired from his position as Superintendent of The Essex Terminal Railway, a shortline railway that runs from the east side of Windsor, ON through the Town of LaSalle to terminate in Amherstburg, ON.

Incorporated in 1902, the railway provides switching services for local customers engaged in the industrial, lumber, steel, agricultural, scrap metal, alcohol, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) industry sectors as well as serving our sister company, Morterm Limited with rail access for our Great Lakes transload facility, connecting these customers to CN, CP and CSX.

Ivan Pratt, who has twenty-four years of operational and management experience with the railway, will assume the position of Superintendent. He will be assisted by Jack Weston, the new General Yardmaster who comes to the railway with twenty years of railway experience.

BCTA hires new Director of Policy, Cory Paterson

BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has announced that Cory Paterson will be joining its team as Director of Policy as of Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Mr. Paterson will be responsible for, among other duties, advancing BCTA’s policy positions and the interests of its members with governments, the business community and key stakeholders. He brings to this role more than 15 years of extensive policy, research and advocacy experience along with an established network within government, the BC business community, and many other organizations with which BCTA regularly interacts.

His policy, research and advocacy experience comes through a diverse work background that includes two provincial governments (BC and Alberta), the federal government (based in BC), and industry – such as Devon Canada, a major oil and gas producer, and Enbridge, where he has spent the past four years in the company’s Vancouver office.

Mr. Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from eCornell University.

BCTA looks forward to Mr. Paterson’s contribution as he applies his experience in working with governments and public policy development to the varied and challenging issues he’ll face on behalf of BC’s road transportation industry.

Chamber of Marine Commerce appoints Vice President, Operations

Robert Turner has been appointed as Vice President, Operations of The Chamber of Marine Commerce, effective January 3, 2017.

Mr. Turner has extensive experience both aboard ships and in federal government regulatory development and policy-making, which will be invaluable to his role managing the Chamber’s activities related to compliance with the many environmental, safety, human resource, and operational regulations and policies that govern all aspects of the marine transportation industry.

Mr. Turner is currently Manager of Navigation Safety and Radiocommunications at Transport Canada and has more than 20 years’ experience developing and overseeing marine safety regulations, policies, standards, guidelines and procedures at the federal government department. He has also represented Canada at International Maritime Organization (IMO) as head of the Canadian delegation for the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR).

Mr. Turner is a certified Master Mariner with nine years of sea time, including as First Mate for Canada Steamship Lines, and as a tug Captain for the St. Lawrence Seaway. He has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Western University and a Marine Navigation Technology Diploma from Georgian College.

Port of Halifax anticipating busiest cruise season to date

The 2017 cruise season in Halifax will be the busiest to date. A record number of passenger visits and vessel calls will get underway on April 24, 2017 with the arrival of Phoenix Reisen, an Amadea vessel. “We are very excited about the year ahead,” said Cathy McGrail, Interim Vice President, Operations, Halifax Port Authority. “We look forward to working with our partners across the tourism industry as we welcome returning visitors and introduce new guests to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.”

From April 24 to October 31, Port of Halifax is expecting 179 vessel calls carrying approximately 275,000 cruise guests. For local tourism providers, planning for the upcoming season is well underway. “Those of us fortunate enough to live here know how special our region is,” said Dennis Campbell, CEO, Ambassatours Gray Line. “What drives us is the opportunity to share our attractions, our history and our culture with people from around the world. We’re looking forward to a busy season ahead.”

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ to allow Cummins truck engines to operate on natural gas

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product, at the American Trucking Association’s TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The proprietary technology was developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.