Promising year for commodities on Great Lakes despite late start


By Alex Binkley

The 2014 shipping season on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway will likely be remembered as the year carriers spent playing catch up because of a massive ice buildup...

Bumper wheat crop taxes transportation systems


By Keith Norbury

Canada’s total wheat production ballooned to 37.5 million tonnes in 2013, according to Statistics Canada figures. That’s 10.3 million tonnes, or 37 per cent higher...

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  • Uranium caught in tug-of-war over future of nuclear power


    By Keith Norbury Three years after a massive tsunami wiped out Japan’s Fukushima Diichi nuclear power facility, the world uranium industry is still reeling from depressed prices, reduced...

  • Versatile copper is the master of base metals


    By Keith Norbury Among base metals — usually defined as non-ferrous, non-precious metals — copper is the master of them all, says Toronto-based mining analyst Stefan Ioannou. Not only...

  • Reawakening lumber market faces fibre crunch


    By Keith Norbury A decade after the mountain pine beetle devastated the interior forests of B.C., the most accessible of that dead wood has already been turned into marketable lumber. The...

  • Conversion of European coal-fired generating plants drives demand for wood pellets and solid biomass


    By R. Bruce Striegler The theme that emerged from the Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s (WPAC) November 2013 conference and annual meeting in Vancouver was that the future of the...

  • CN key to success of many wood pellet plants


    By R. Bruce Striegler The staggering North American growth in wood pellet production, due to exports to Europe, has opened significant opportunities for Canadian rail companies. With 42...

  • Rentech acquires New England Wood Pellet


    Los Angeles-based Rentech, Inc. announced that it has acquired New England Wood Pellet (NEWP), the largest producer of wood pellets for the U.S. heating market. NEWP, established in 1992,...

  • Roger Carré to retire from Termont


    Roger Carré, General Manager of Termont Montréal Inc. has chosen to take his well-deserved retirement as of November 14, 2014, after a career of over 40 years in the industry. Mr. Carré...

  • Airfreight sector still sees signs of growth, but data clashes cloud market visibility


    By Alex Lennane Conflicting market data is skewing visibility in the airfreight sector. April saw the second consecutive month of airfreight rate increases, according to Drewry’s...

  • Scrapping and more charters account for 30-month low in idle containership fleet


    By Mike Wackett The number of laid-up container ships has fallen to a 30-month low, according to Alphaliner, which recorded just 146 ships of over 500 TEUs idled as of May 19 – equating...

  • Montreal Gateway Terminals completes migration to Navis N4 Terminal Operating System


    Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT) announced successful implementation of its Navis N4 terminal operating system. The new system will help MGT optimize terminal productivity and enable...

  • Richardson re-opens Thunder Bay terminal and doubles capacity


    Richardson International Limited has more than doubled its capacity at Port of Thunder Bay by re-opening the Current River terminal, which was part of the Viterra acquisition last...

  • P3 Alliance gets EU green light, despite shipper worries, and looks to China next


    By Mike Wackett The east-west P3 vessel-sharing agreement between the world’s three biggest container carriers has cleared its second regulatory hurdle, the EU Competition Commission....

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