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…)

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…)

Work to begin this fall on oversized load corridor for Sarnia, Ontario

By Keith Norbury

LamSar Inc. of Sarnia, Ontario, makes enormous pieces of equipment. One project currently underway involves constructing 84 modules for nearby Nova Chemicals’ new polyethylene plant. The largest of those modules measures 120 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 68 feet high, said LamSar co-owner Dave Hill. Fortunately, Nova Chemicals is only about three kilometres away from the LamSar yard where that module is being built.

“Part of the deal here in the township where our plant is located is to permanently bury the power lines that run the arteries between us and the site,” Hill said. “So the sky’s the limit.” Moving large cargos from LamSar’s facilities to the Sarnia waterfront for shipment overseas isn’t nearly so easy at present. It involves temporarily raising utility lines, which can add considerably to the shipping costs — if those obstacles can even be moved. (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…)

Haisla Nation and Seaspan awarded LNG Canada escort and harbor tugs contract

HaiSea Marine, a joint venture partnership between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC, announced the signing of a contract award with LNG Canada to design, build and operate escort tugs and harbor tugs required for LNG Canada’s LNG export facility in Kitimat, BC.

The value of the contract award is approximately $500 million over 12 years and will result in employment for approximately 70 mariners and six onshore staff, plus other roles for employees of the partner organizations. (more…)

OPINION – Better logistics asset utilization: When sharing does not run against the grain

By Trevor D. Heaver

Good asset utilization is crucial to efficient transport services. Too little use causes high cost. Too much use causes congestion and the associated costs. Across transport, agreements are found that enable better outcomes for providers and their customers.

Alliances are common in liner shipping. Alliances are the corollary of the optimal-sized ship necessitating inter-firm operating agreements to avoid the rate wars or mergers and acquisitions that would eventually leave just a few lines standing. Alliances have also enabled lines to meet the needs of shippers for more extended services while dealing with fewer, not more, service providers. Space sharing agreements enable lines to extend their networks and to add to the number of competitors on routes, without adding capacity and causing rate wars. (more…)