National railways heat up investments in cool cargo

National railways heat up investments in cool cargo

By Keith Norbury

Canada’s two major railways are each ramping up their cold chain game. Canadian Pacific Railway in February launched a trademarked TempPro service for perishable products that is being augmented by the purchase this year of more than 400 new 53-foot “SlimLine” reefers. Canadian National Railway, meanwhile, plans to add more equipment to the 2017 addition of 100 reefer units to its CargoCool fleet, which now has 720 units, Senior Media Relations Manager Patrick Waldron said by email. “Each 53-foot CargoCool container offers the power of almost 100 refrigerators and through ReeferTrak, our team has real time visibility to temperatures inside the box, ensuring that perishable cargo is protected at all times,” Mr. Waldron said. (more…)

Cold cargo prospects in B.C. encounter environmental worries

Cold cargo prospects in B.C. encounter environmental worries

By Keith Norbury

B.C.’s biggest export of chilled cargo — farmed salmon — and a proposal to build’s Canada’s largest container terminal, with storage for 1,628 reefers, are running into opposition from environmentalists.

A recent Environment Canada report outlining a threat to sandpipers from the proposed $2 billion Roberts Bank Terminal 2 “struck a potential death blow” to the project, the Vancouver Sun reported in February. Meanwhile in March, Washington State passed legislation to phase out ocean net-pen farming of Atlantic salmon by 2025 — a move cheered by salmon farming opponents such as activist and researcher Alexandra Morton. Proponents of Terminal 2 and B.C. salmon farming don’t appear too worried about those threats, however. (more…)

Merger of Japan’s three largest container lines creates world’s sixth largest liner shipping company

Merger of Japan’s three largest container lines creates world’s sixth largest liner shipping company

By R. Bruce Striegler

Marine shipping analyst Alphaliner notes the recent major Japanese container line merger, comprising NYK, Mitsui OSK Lines and K Line, is set to go with an outstanding bright magenta colouring, far removed from the usual dark, plain colours generally seen in the industry. ONE, (Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.) announced in 2016, and started trading under its new name as of April 1, 2018. The new company will operate from a global headquarters in Singapore, regional headquarters in the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong and Brazil and a holding company office in Tokyo. All approvals for the merger from antitrust authorities in all regions and countries were completed in January 2018. (more…)

Infrastructure investments keep business moving

Infrastructure investments keep business moving

The piers, railway tracks, warehouses and roads of the Port of Hamilton represent important components of Canada’s national transportation system. Maintaining and improving these assets is one of the port’s core functions, ensuring tenants and port users have access to the high-quality transportation infrastructure they need to be efficient and globally competitive. (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…)

MSC expects continuing strong demand for frozen and refrigerated Canadian farm products

MSC expects continuing strong demand for frozen and refrigerated Canadian farm products

Vice By Brian Dunn

For the past two decades, MSC has offered reefer services to and from Canada. These services are growing, as they are elsewhere around the globe. On the export side, Canada’s overall containerized export reefer traffic was up eight per cent last year, while dry cargo business was up six per cent, according to Darren Edwardson, Vice-President Commercial Export. Average annual growth in Canada’s containerized reefer traffic has been around five per cent over the past couple of years. (more…)