Research “ping” points bridge-crossing delays

By Keith Norbury

Most of the goods traded between Canada and the U.S., still one of the world’s leading trading partnerships, crosses the border in trucks. And most of those trucks pass over three bridges straddling two rivers connecting the Great Lakes of Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Until recently, however, little was known about long it takes trucks to cross the border. That all changed recently when researchers at the University of Windsor’s Traffic Lab obtained GPS data from nearly 400,000 border crossings by about 60,000 trucks owned by 750 companies. The researchers crunched the data, millions of GPS “pings” in total, to reveal details about how long they waited at the border at different times of the day and year as well as their directions of travel. (more…)

Lion Electric launches all-electric Class 8 urban truck

The Lion Electric Co. (Lion) unveiled its first all-electric Class 8 urban truck in Mirabel, Quebec on March 11.  The Lion8 will be commercialized this Fall when its first vehicle will be delivered to Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).

Lion’s ambassador, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, had the honour of unveiling the all-electric truck. Laurent is an NFL football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, medical graduate and is also President of the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation.

Until recently, the idea of an all-electric Class 8 urban truck was a dream that Lion and its partners TM4, AddÉnergie Technologies, and Solution Centum Adetel Transportation, have turned into a zero-emission heavy-duty truck. The Lion8 is designed, created, and manufactured to be electric and has a range of up to 400 kilometres on a single charge. The elimination of noise pollution, optimization of visibility, and unparalleled turning radius make the Lion8’s driving experience safe, enjoyable, and incomparable. (more…)

Ports Asset Transfer Program reduces number of Transport Canada-administrated marine facilities

By R. Bruce Striegler

As we reported in a June 2015 issue of Canadian Sailings, the mission of the federal government’s Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP) was to expedite the transfer of Transport Canada-administrated port facilities across the country to other federal departments, provincial governments, First Nations and local communities as well as individuals or private corporations. This national collection of marine facilities has been accumulated by Transport Canada over the decades, and includes ports, docks, breakwaters as well as upland and submerged real property. Federal ownership of some of these properties goes back to the time of Confederation. (more…)

More tenants move into Dartmouth, N.S. COVE facility

Jim Hanlon, CEO of The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) announced that RBR, Precise Design and Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) have moved into COVE. “RBR is one of Canada’s well-established ocean instrumentation companies headquartered in Ottawa. Precise Design has been a key partner for us as we build COVE, and they are an important part of the existing supply chain for ocean tech companies in the region. NSBA provides a key linkage between the vibrant Nova Scotia boat building industry and the technology capabilities of many of the other COVE tenants.” (more…)

For Port of Toronto 2018 was another record-breaking year

Port of Toronto moved approximately 2.2 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2018, and 178 ships visited the port, bringing sugar, road salt, cement, aggregate and steel directly into the heart of the city. Overall the port moved 2,179,795 metric tonnes of cargo in 2018, surpassing the record-breaking year the port experienced in 2017.

In 2018, the port received steel products including rebar, merchant bar, steel plate and coils totalling 69,281 metric tonnes, representing the highest level of steel product moved through the port in 20 years. In addition, the port recorded 14,391 tonnes in warehousing storage, the highest level recorded since 2011. Cement cargo imports remained strong for another year at more than 610,400 tonnes, and stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels continued to increase, ending the year at 189,133 metric tonnes. Salt and sugar imports at 735,948 and 560,625 tonnes respectively remained consistent with 2017 tonnages. (more…)

Port Windsor Harbour Master awarded commendation by U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded Port Windsor Harbour Master Peter Berry a Public Service Commendation in recognition of notable services that have assisted greatly in the furthering of the aims and functions of the Coast Guard. It was presented by Senior Commander Jeff Novak of the U.S. Coast Guard and signed by Rear Admiral J.M. Nunn of the Ninth District Coast Guard District.

The Commendation recognizes Berry’s leadership and coordination of numerous federal, state, provincial, and local agencies in the Detroit River corridor. Since 2010, he has Co-Chaired the Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) as its longest serving member. Anticipating the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, Berry has led the establishment of a bi-national Windsor-Detroit Waterways Safety and Navigation Workgroup to mitigate the impacts of any potential navigation closures due to construction issues. Each year, the bi-national Detroit River corridor ensures the safe navigation of more than 6,000 deep draft vessel transits and more than 90 million tonnes of cargo. That makes it one of the busiest shipping lanes in North America.