OPINION: Greta Thunberg the world’s new environmental hero

Theo van de Kletersteeg

During her impassioned speech at the United Nations on September 23, Greta Thunberg made it very clear who she thinks is responsible for the world’s climate change woes: the world’s political “leaders” who, for the past thirty years, have known about the coming impacts of increasing levels of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) in the earth’s atmosphere, but have chosen to do nothing about it.

It is certainly true that carbon concentrations in the atmosphere have steadily increased over the decades, indeed, over the centuries. And, despite all the soothing words about “green” developments, and promises of emissions reductions decades into the future, no actual progress has been made in reducing GHG emissions. (more…)

Alaska ferry system ends service to Prince Rupert due to lack of security personnel at Canadian terminal

By R. Bruce Striegler

A critical transportation link between Prince Rupert and Ketchikan, Alaska, has been suspended over a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirement that Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) secure Canadian law enforcement presence to protect CBP personnel in Prince Rupert while inspection tasks are performed. The ferry system operated two sailings per week during summer months and once weekly in winter. In 2018 there were 5,700 passengers and 3,000 vehicles. The ferry terminal is unusual – a U.S.-funded project on land leased from a federal Port Authority in Canada. (more…)

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will grow by nearly 50 per cent between 2018 and 2050. EIA projects most of this growth will come from regions where the consumption of energy is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in non-OECD Asia. EIA’s annual long-term assessment of world energy markets includes a Reference case and four core side cases, which use different assumptions for the projections in each case. (more…)

Loyal lines, first-time callers cruise into port

Lines that have been loyal to Montreal for years now as well as newcomers to the city are helping the Port of Montreal enjoy yet another strong cruise season. When the schedule concludes at the end of October, the port will have welcomed some 113,000 cruise passengers and crew members in 2019.

Twenty-four cruise ships representing 17 different lines are making a total of 76 stops in the Port of Montreal this year. The season began on May 18 with the arrival of Holland America Line’s Zaandam from Boston and wraps up on October 30 with the departure of Oceania Cruises’ Riviera for New York and then Miami. (more…)

Contrecoeur container terminal project takes decisive steps forward

The Montreal Port Authority’s Contrecoeur terminal project, the next key milestone in the MPA’s strategic development plan, continues to take decisive steps forward. Certain major steps are currently being implemented or finalized with regard to financial structuring, engineering and design, negotiations for terminal operation and the environmental process.

In August, the MPA and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the development of the project. The two organizations will work on the financial structuring of the proposed terminal. This due diligence will include planning and pre-procurement activities for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the terminal. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project, subject to all standard due diligence and decision-making. (more…)

Port boosts its international reach, visibility

The Port of Montreal continues to boost its international reach and visibility with the arrival of new shipping lines, its market diversification efforts and its partnerships around the world.

Seven of the largest international container shipping lines – CMA CGM, COSCO Shipping Lines, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, MSC and OOCL – now serve the port. The most recent addition to the port lineup, COSCO Shipping, inaugurated in April its weekly transatlantic service connecting Montreal with the northern European ports of Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre and Liverpool. (more…)

UPS embarks on massive expansion of its presence in Louisville, Kentucky

Next Day Air volume is growing rapidly in the industry and UPS is said to be winning a larger share of this expanding market. Further, healthcare, ecommerce and small business customers are demanding faster delivery times around the globe. In response, UPS Airlines is growing its air network, including its support structure at its home base in Louisville, Ky. (more…)

CIFFA announces the winner of its Donna Letterio Award

CIFFA announced the winner of the 2019 Donna Letterio Leadership Award: Sally Richardson of Overseas Container Forwarding Inc. Richardson is the Executive Vice President of OCF Inc. and has been in this role since 2008. She received the award at CIFFA’s Western FCA gala dinner September 27, 2019 in Vancouver.

CIFFA introduced the annual Donna Letterio Leadership Award in December 2015 to commemorate former CIFFA President Donna Letterio, who passed away in August 2013. The award recognizes a woman in the global freight logistics sector who has demonstrated, as Donna did, professionalism, commitment, leadership and a passion for excellence in her career and in her life. (more…)

PSA sees new opportunities for Halterm

PSA sees new opportunities for Halterm

By Tom Peters

PSA International Pte. Ltd. (PSA), the new owner of Halterm Container Terminal in the port of Halifax, is looking at positioning the terminal as a logistics hub, says David Yang, PSA’s Regional CEO for Europe, Mediterranean and the Americas. PSA recently acquired Halterm from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners of Australia. The company has flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp and has a portfolio that features a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 18 countries. In Canada, PSA also operates Ashcroft Terminal, British Columbia’s largest inland port facility, located about 300 kilometres east of the port of Vancouver. (more…)

Fednav celebrates its 75th anniversary

Fednav celebrates its 75th anniversary

By Brian Dunn

Considering how closely they are linked, it seems fitting that at the same time the St. Lawrence Seaway is celebrating its 60th anniversary, Fednav is celebrating 75 years in business. The company was founded in Toronto by Ernest Pathy on Sept. 7, 1944, as Federal Commerce & Navigation Co. Ltd., Ship Owners, Operators & Agents. Two years later, it bought its first vessel, Federal Pioneer, and began trading. On Jan. 1, 1984, Federal Commerce and Navigation merged with Fednav to become Fednav Ltd. (more…)

Many Canadian communities depend on short line railways

Many Canadian communities depend on short line railways

By Keith Norbury

In its first year of operation, the Great Sandhills Railway in Saskatchewan had a budget of about $2 million. A decade later, its annual budget is around $7 million.

“Of that $7 million, probably 85 to 90 per cent goes right back within 100 miles of the rail line,” said Perry Pellerin, the railway’s CEO. That economic injection includes buying fuel locally from Co-op and ballast from the municipalities along the 198-kilometre line, which extends from Swift Current, Sask., to just across the Alberta border in McNeill.

“Really anything we can buy locally, we try to do that,” Mr. Pellerin said in a phone interview. “And that’s good for the communities also. It employs people.” (more…)

CN and CP quietly posted strong financial results and enhanced their networks even as economic storm clouds gathered

CN and CP quietly posted strong financial results and enhanced their networks even as economic storm clouds gathered

By Alex Binkley

Canada’s two major railways have quietly gone about their business in the past year turning in strong financial performances and building up their networks even as economic storm clouds gather. They overcame wicked winter weather to record a record grain haul for the crop year ending July 31. As of September, they were still enjoying overall traffic increases of about two percent compared to the same period last year while American railroads were suffering traffic drops.

CN’s and CP’s financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30 were both records. CN revenues increased by nine per cent to $3.96 billion while CP rose 13 per cent to $1.98 billion compared to last year. The growth in grain shipments came despite the restrictions on Canadian canola exports to China. CN moved more than 27 million tonnes, bettering its previous best of 26 million tonnes set in 2016-2017. CP hauled 26.8 million tonnes breaking its record set last year. (more…)