Amazon is fined again: for trying to fly lithium-ion batteries

By Alex Lennane

If Amazon really wants to be taken seriously in the transport industry, it is going to have to learn – and teach – the regulations on the shipment of dangerous goods. Last week the UK’s CAA fined it £65,000 for attempting to fly lithium-ion batteries and flammable aerosols. Amazon’s lawyer argued that the court should have some perspective, as the cargoes were merely “everyday household items”.

The fine, a drop in the ocean for the internet giant, follows similar violations outlined by the FAA in June. The FAA proposed a $350,000 fine after a chemical leaked through packaging, endangering nine UPS employees. The FAA, which claimed Amazon was not training its staff properly, said the company “has a history of violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.” From February 2013 to September 2015, Amazon was found to have violated such regulations 24 times. Just two weeks later the FAA proposed yet another fine, of $130,000, for violating hazardous material regulations. The FAA is seeking some $1.3 million in fines from the e-tailer in total, noted Reuters.

Reprinted courtesy of The Loadstar (www.theloadstar.co.uk )

CP responds to TSB report on LVVR implementation, calls on Minister of Transport to do more

Canadian Pacific joined the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in calling for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video Recorders (LVVR) as soon as possible. CP reiterates, however, that the true value in LVVR technology lies in shaping behaviour and preventing accidents before they happen.

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TSB calls for implementation of voice and video recorders on locomotives in Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released the report on its safety study, Expanding the use of locomotive voice and video recorders in Canada. The study looked at technology, legislative and regulatory issues, the potential safety benefits of installing recorders in locomotives, and the appropriate use of locomotive voice and video recorders (LVVR) information, among other subjects.

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CIFFA: CBSA container examinations at Port of Vancouver out of control

As one Vancouver based CIFFA member wrote, "Welcome to Canada. CBSA has become the best marketing tool for Port of Seattle." Incredible as it may seem, delays from vessel discharge to containers being called for examination are as long as six weeks and more at Canada’s busiest port. And, while the entire process appears to be broken, it also appears that the rate of examinations at Vancouver is on the rise. Importers face the consequences of six and seven week delays to their goods – reduced sales, dissatisfied customers, cancelled orders – and then are hit with exorbitant examination, storage and demurrage invoices that can be $4,000 and more per container.

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Marine industry on right course for safety, academic report declares

By Alex Binkley

Investments and training to reduce maritime transport accidents have paid off during the last decade, but more information is needed to improve safety, says a report prepared by the Council of Canadian Academies.

The report, commissioned by the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping, and a public opinion poll by Angus Reid also commissioned by the Centre, show the industry was on the right course with its safety efforts to gain public recognition of its safety.

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Railway offers customer safety training

By Keith Norbury

Training employees in safety procedures is an absolute “must” as part of running a successful railroad. Canadian National Railway has taken that a step further by launching a safety program for its customers.

The first two week-long training sessions for major carload customers held in the CN Campus Partnership Training Program at CN’s Winnipeg education campus in mid-May and mid-June received “huge positive feedback,” said David Radford, CN’s director of Operations, Training and Development. “I think our customer partnership program will really allow us to work jointly with our customers in promoting safety and making it safer not only for them but ourselves as well,” Mr. Radford said in an interview. “I think it’s a huge positive step forward in our supply chain collaboration with customers.”

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