Port Windsor plotting a bold new direction

Port Windsor plotting a bold new direction

A new look and new feel… Windsor Port Authority has plotted a bold new direction!

Beginning with the creation of a new Vision and Mission that captures the Port’s importance within the Windsor-Essex economy, Port Windsor is determined to be the catalyst that transforms Windsor-Essex into a hub for integrated, international transportation. The new focus, along with a newly created strategic plan, represents an exciting transition within Port Windsor from a silent economic entity to a bold economic engine that is looking to vigorously lead the Windsor-Essex region in the pursuit of new and expanded economic prosperity. (more…)

Delivering capacity: collaborative approach to funding and delivering infrastructure achieving results at the Port of Vancouver

Delivering capacity: collaborative approach to funding and delivering infrastructure achieving results at the Port of Vancouver

Increased market demand in Asia-Pacific trade continues to underlay the importance of securing sustained investment in, and timely delivery of, trade-enabling infrastructure for the Port of Vancouver. Gateway infrastructure, such as road and rail projects, and marine terminal projects have benefitted from an ongoing successful, collaborative strategy that has attracted billions of dollars in public and private investment during the past several years.

The successful delivery of numerous trade corridor projects, such as the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor series of nine road and rail projects, including eight overpasses, has demonstrated the port community’s ability to deliver capacity to support goods and people movement throughout the region. This continues to provide the impetus for private investment in various terminal enhancements, expansions and new-builds across the port’s business sectors. (more…)

Record cargo volumes continue moving through the Port of Vancouver

Record cargo volumes continue moving through the Port of Vancouver

Overall cargo volume through the Port of Vancouver reached a record high of 147 million metric tonnes (MMT) in 2018, up 3.5 per cent from 2017. One of the port’s biggest strengths continues to be the ability to accommodate the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America. Sectors that experienced strong growth last year include containers, potash, canola products and barley, all of which hit new records in 2018.

Between January 1 and June 30, 2019, overall cargo through the port increased 0.5 per cent to a record 72.5 MMT over the same time last year, with new mid-year records in containers, potash, grain and cruise passengers. (more…)

Government delays labour regulations that would have caused chaos for transport companies and shippers

Government delays labour regulations that would have caused chaos for transport companies and shippers

By Alex Binkley

A furious mid-summer protest by transport companies and shippers has won them a one-year exemption from several Canada Labour Code hours of work changes that could have created chaos in the federally-regulated air, marine, rail, and interprovincial trucking industries. They were scheduled to come into effect on September 1. The Labour Code changes were intended to provide better work-life balance and strengthen workplace standards in federally-regulated industries. They were buried in the 2018 Budget Implementation Bill passed last December. (more…)

Massive LNG project poised for cargo

Massive LNG project poised for cargo

By Keith Norbury

It’s going to take a massive amount of project cargo and breakbulk — heavy machinery, steel, modular housing, etc. — to build the $40 billion LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C. Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth is already seeing plenty of activity in and around the LNG Canada construction site. Camp modules, such as ATCO trailers, are still arriving daily by truck along the southern stretch of Highway 37, formerly known as the Terrace-Kitimat Highway. The mayor has also noticed the arrival of brand new equipment such as bulldozers and earth movers. “There’s a lot of new equipment coming in for both the LNG site, of course, and also working on the pipeline route,” Mr. Germuth said.

On the water, most of the activity is dredging around the wharf that will become LNG Canada’s ocean terminal. Known as the old Eurocan wharf, for the now defunct pulp mill it used to serve, it was acquired by LNG Canada from Rio Tinto, which operates the nearby aluminum smelter that has been the community’s economic engine since Kitimat was founded in the 1950s. In exchange for the old Eurocan wharf, which will become terminal B, LNG Canada has agreed to build a new terminal A for the smelter. (more…)