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CIFFA ponders 2030 vision

by Keith Norbury

Canada’s freight forwarders are looking forward to the future — the year 2030 to be more specific. The Board of Directors of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association at a meeting in September agreed upon three priority goals for the next decade, said Bruce Rodgers, CIFFA’s Executive Director. Those goals are membership value and engagement; education; and advocacy.

“Then from that there’s a list of working priorities that have been assigned to achieve those goals,” said Mr. Rodgers, who became Executive Director in November 2018. (more…)

Fifteen colleges from east to west offer CIFFA programs

Fifteen colleges from east to west offer CIFFA programs

By Keith Norbury

Leading up to his appointment as Executive Director of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, Bruce Rodgers decided to get some schooling in his longtime profession. So, he enrolled in all four of CIFFA’s educational programs “because I didn’t have that desk level understanding that this really starts with,” said Mr. Rodgers, who became Executive Director in November 2018. “And I learned a significant amount that I didn’t know before. Not that I had a negative turn on the CIFFA training,” he added. “But now I’m a strong advocate that everybody should go through these programs because it really gives you a very good understanding of how the entire supply chain process works.” (more…)

One million TEUs marks Prince Rupert container terminal milestone

One million TEUs marks Prince Rupert container terminal milestone

By Keith Norbury

One million of anything is a significant measure — no matter what the category.

Port of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal, operated by DP World (Canada) Inc., reached that milestone in December, making 2018 the first calendar year in which the facility handled a million standard shipping containers.

“DP World is proud to have achieved the million TEU milestone,” said Maksim Mihic, General Manager DP World (Canada) Inc. “We congratulate and thank the men and women whose hard work and dedication made this achievement possible. This accomplishment is also a testament to the strong collaboration and support amongst the supply chain and community partners.” Mr. Mihic noted that DP World shared the achievement with its partners, First Nations, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the City of Prince Rupert, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and Canadian National Railway. “DP World Prince Rupert is a vital link in enabling Canadian trade and this achievement reflects the potential of the port and is a sign of many more to come,” he added. (more…)

Prince Rupert: Major projects receive federal financing

Prince Rupert: Major projects receive federal financing

By Keith Norbury

Three major projects, with a combined value of over $300 million, are planned for Port of Prince Rupert in the next few years. To support those projects — a major railway bridge upgrade, new rail infrastructure to support an export logistics platform project, and an import logistics park on First Nations land — the federal government recently announced grants totalling $153.7 million.

The money, from the National Trade Corridors Fund, will provide about half the cash for the three projects, which are key elements of the Port’s plans to double its cargo volumes with the next decade to over 50 million tonnes annually. “What they supported are our top-priority strategic projects, both from a capacity standpoint, but also a resiliency standpoint,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We were obviously very pleased to learn of the level of support and that the three projects we had put forward were supported.“ Mr. Stevenson added that the financing is a validation that the federal government “recognizes the strategic role that Prince Rupert is playing in Canadian trade.” (more…)

Propane export terminal makes historic debut at Prince Rupert

By Keith Norbury

AltaGas Ltd.’s Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal — the first such facility in Canada — is the latest addition to the port of Prince Rupert. The terminal, called RIPET for short, celebrated the export of its first shipment, bound for Asia, on May 23. “The completion of this game-changing project and the shipment of our first cargo are historic milestones for AltaGas, as well as for our project partners, customers, local indigenous peoples, surrounding communities, and western Canada’s upstream energy sector,” said Randy Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “With RIPET now operational, we can offer producers a uniquely complete solution for their propane, providing premium netbacks and market optionality, while also positioning AltaGas to profitably grow our Midstream footprint — a true win-win for AltaGas and our customers.” (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…)