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Promising year for commodities on Great Lakes despite late start

2014-06-23

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

2014-06-23

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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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

    2014-06-23

    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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