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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…)

ADVERTORIAL – Truckers’ Appreciation Day 2018

Its 05:30 in the morning, somewhat cooler in the shade however the forecast for the day has been sent out by the various news networks with a UV warning. There’s a slight breeze and the smell of freshly brewed coffee along with the platters of muffins looking so inviting. The day couldn’t have started off better allowing us to celebrate and thank the hard working truckers that visit Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership on a daily basis. While preparing for this event, we couldn’t have scripted a better day. (more…)

BCTA hires new Director of Policy, Cory Paterson

BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has announced that Cory Paterson will be joining its team as Director of Policy as of Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Mr. Paterson will be responsible for, among other duties, advancing BCTA’s policy positions and the interests of its members with governments, the business community and key stakeholders. He brings to this role more than 15 years of extensive policy, research and advocacy experience along with an established network within government, the BC business community, and many other organizations with which BCTA regularly interacts.

His policy, research and advocacy experience comes through a diverse work background that includes two provincial governments (BC and Alberta), the federal government (based in BC), and industry – such as Devon Canada, a major oil and gas producer, and Enbridge, where he has spent the past four years in the company’s Vancouver office.

Mr. Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from eCornell University.

BCTA looks forward to Mr. Paterson’s contribution as he applies his experience in working with governments and public policy development to the varied and challenging issues he’ll face on behalf of BC’s road transportation industry.

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ to allow Cummins truck engines to operate on natural gas

Agility Fuel Solutions introduces Blue iQ, its newest natural gas fuel product, at the American Trucking Association’s TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. The proprietary technology was developed through Agility’s partnership with Cummins to give natural gas vehicles the same tools diesel trucks use to optimize fuel consumption and maximize uptime.


Truckers bite into the rail operators’ share of North American intermodal traffic

By Alexander Whiteman

Intermodal traffic on North America’s railways lost out to cheaper trucking alternatives last year. More haulage capacity opened up, pushing full-year revenues at intermodal operators down across the board. Of the six major North American railroads, only Norfolk Southern (NS) and Canadian National (CN) reported volume growth. Warren Buffet-owned BNSF does not report its numbers.