Vancouver port dispute with container terminal tenant over capacity expansion

Vancouver port dispute with container terminal tenant over capacity expansion

By R. Bruce Striegler

Volumes of containers handled at the port of Vancouver’s terminals have grown substantially through past decades, increasing at an average rate of ten percent annually since 1995. Projections of growth up to the year 2040 are now predicted at about 8.0 million TEUs (or 20-foot-equivalent units), and to give some perspective, in 2018 Vancouver handled 3.4 million TEU’s. The port is deeply engaged in capacity expansion, either directly or in cooperation with private terminal operators, and it points to projects already approved or somewhere in the approval pipeline, designed to reduce the potential capacity jams. Capacity improvements are at the heart of an unpleasant row which has developed between the Port Authority and one of its larger tenants, GCT Terminals Canada. (more…)

Paul Pathy on the ups and downs of business, and the frustration and loss to the economy of operating without sufficient icebreaker support

Paul Pathy on the ups and downs of business, and the frustration and loss to the economy of operating without sufficient icebreaker support

By Brian Dunn

As it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, Fednav is showing its appreciation for the support it has received from the Montreal business community, by naming its two new Lakers Federal Montreal and Federal St. Laurent. It’s the first time Fednav has named a vessel after a city. Federal Montreal will be delivered at the end of August and Federal St. Laurent is expected to arrive at the end of June. The 35,000-tonne Lakers are being built by Oshima Shipbuilding in Japan with six holds, four cranes and onboard ballast water system. (more…)

Proceedings of the Arctic Shipping Summit held in Montreal

By Brian Dunn

Coordinating the aims of the various stakeholders in Arctic development is a daunting task which needs to be clarified, while competition will likely be centred around sovereignty issues such as the disputed limits of the Continental shelf and economic issues. The remarks were made by Mike Emerson, Director, Marine Transportation Systems, United States Coast Guard (USCG) during the 14th Arctic Shipping Summit in February in Montreal. Global shipping, especially in the Arctic, is not on the U.S.’ radar and there needs to be a business case made, such as a return on investment, to attract American investment in the region, he added. (more…)

Africa perishables – can Canadian exporters learn from the trade on another continent?

Africa perishables – can Canadian exporters learn from the trade on another continent?

By Sam Whelan

Rapid population growth, fast-developing economies and a booming global market for fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables has made Africa a very attractive proposition for perishable logistics players. The African market could top 10 per cent growth this year, according to some estimates, but access to sufficient transport capacity is still the key export challenge for local growers. Additionally, all African exporters must grapple with the unique logistics challenges posed by produce seasonality, says Yvonne Otieno, Nairobi-based agripreneur and director at Miyonga Fresh Greens. “There are seasons when the orders are really low, and then seasons when the volumes required are double or triple the normal amount,” she says. “This makes planning difficult and freight prices often increase five-fold.” Established in 2015, Miyonga grows and exports fresh fruits and vegetables to Europe and the Middle East, including passion fruit, avocados, pineapples, French beans, peas and herbs. (more…)

U.S. perishables exporters eye a better crop, but trade barriers may give them the pip

U.S. perishables exporters eye a better crop, but trade barriers may give them the pip

By Ian Putzger

Eager to put a disappointing 2018 harvest behind them, U.S. produce shippers are preparing for a strong crop this year – but it is as yet unclear who will buy it.  After California’s peach harvest kicked off, hopes are high for a strong season for stone fruit grown in the state. Peach and nectarine volumes are expected to rise above average and apricots are going strong, while plums should see a medium-sized crop this year. (more…)

Verifying cold-chain integrity among blockchain’s promises

Verifying cold-chain integrity among blockchain’s promises

By Keith Norbury

Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, has the potential to revolutionize the transportation of refrigerated and temperature-controlled cargos. Its promises include verifying that temperatures remain at prescribed levels throughout the cold chain, and tracking perishables from harvest to consumption, thus ensuring sustainability. And, as with the transport of other cargos, blockchain also promises efficiency in settling disputes, processing insurance claims, and paying invoices. (more…)