Calgary-based logistics firm marks milestone

Calgary-based logistics firm marks milestone

By Keith Norbury

When Don Lucky got into the transportation business in 1956 with the company that eventually became Cole International, containerization was still in its infancy.

Most cargo was still transported by breakbulk in individual boxes, crates, or cases that were discharged in nets from ships. By land, meanwhile, cargo arrived predominantly by railroad because trucks weren’t sufficiently reliable then. “The quality of the engines and the running gear was less than it is by a long shot in today’s world,” Mr. Lucky said in an interview. “And with that change came the advent of the sea can, the cargo container. That really made the big change in the movement of goods, specifically on the offshore.” (more…)

Report on proceedings of Shipping Federation of Canada conference

By Brian Dunn

A resurgence in global trade will benefit Canada’s shipping industry, with export growth expected to continue, according to a leading Canadian economist. And he expects trade tensions between the United States and China will be resolved. “Canadian exporters are worried that NAFTA may be cancelled, but I believe cooler heads will prevail,” Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, Export Development Canada, said at the annual conference of the Shipping Federation of Canada in Montreal on May 23. Labour markets in Canada and the U.S. are improving, economic slack is being absorbed, while historically low interest rates and inflation are rising, both positive signs for the economy, he added. (more…)

McKeil steadily increasing its market share of niche transportation activities in eastern Canada

McKeil steadily increasing its market share of niche transportation activities in eastern Canada

By Brian Dunn

McKeil Marine of Burlington, ON, has been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2018 by Deloitte Canada’s leading business awards program, which recognizes excellence in privately-owned Canadian companies.

For over 60 years (celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016), McKeil has been providing marine transportation and project services for bulk and project shipments throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, East Coast and Arctic. It recently moved its head office to Burlington from Hamilton and has sales offices in Montreal, Rothesay, NB, and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. (more…)

Global Cold Chain Expo draws Canadian companies to Chicago

Global Cold Chain Expo draws Canadian companies to Chicago

Several Canadian companies will exhibit at the Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago in late June. Among the Canuck exhibitors is Vancouver-headquartered VersaCold, which operates Canada’s largest temperature-sensitive logistics network. VersaCold President Doug Harrison said the expo presents a “great opportunity” for his company’s operations and business development personnel to meet with customers and participate in educational sessions. “It is a big event,” said Mr. Harrison, who has attended the expo in the past and whose company is a member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, which organizes the expo. “There are a lot of people. There are a lot of conversations taking place. There are great educational programs. There are great networking opportunities.” (more…)

Report on Thunder Bay’s “Opening of Navigation” luncheon

By William Hryb

A gala luncheon on April 5th marked the opening of the 2018 shipping season for the port of Thunder Bay. The event, sponsored by Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was sold out, with port, city and waterfront user groups in attendance. To celebrate the occasion, Julie Lambert, the newly minted ‘head of the Commercial team at Canada Steamship Lines’ was on hand as the keynote speaker. (more…)

Louis Martel at helm of CSL Group

Louis Martel at helm of CSL Group

By Mark Cardwell

Louis Martel was a teenager who dreamed of designing sailboats when then-future Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Laurence Pathy bought Canada Steamships Lines with a vision to expand its operations beyond the Great Lakes into ocean shipping.

Now Martel, 52, is steering the fortunes of the iconic Canadian company, a leading provider of marine dry bulk cargo and the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels.

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