Highway H2O: hitting the high-water mark

By Jack Kohane

The St. Lawrence Seaway is a cornerstone of Canada’s trans­portation and trade strategy, bolstering the country’s trade potential with

growing markets overseas. But how does the Seaway/Great Lakes system stack up against its North American gateway competitors? That question dominated most discussions during the 2-day Hwy H2O seaway summit held in Toronto in the fall of 2015.

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Coverage of Logistics Institute’s Risk and Resilience Conference

By Jack Kohane

Why things go wrong in today’s supply chains and how to make them right topped the agenda at The Logistics Institute’s first national conference held in April in Toronto. Themed “Risk and Resilience in Global Supply Chain Logistics,” more than 50 delegates, most with P.Log. certifications, gathered to listen and learn about what many call the horns of the supply chain dilemma in the 21st century.

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Highway H2O: The new Suez Canal Project

By Jack Kohane

In the ancient land of the pyramids and Nile River, are there still wonders to see? Behold the coming of the new Suez Canal Area Development project, an undertaking of Biblical proportions that could strengthen East/West commercial links.

This mega-development scheme, which will carve 72,000 square kilometres out of the Egyptian soil and shorelines, and the first large-scale expansion project of the Suez Canal since its opening in 1869, was launched last August by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The goal: to increase the role of the Suez Canal region to international trade and to develop the three canal cities: Suez, Ismailia, and Port Said. The newly expanded Suez Canal, initially planned to be completed three years hence, has recently been fast-tracked to open for vessel shipping this August.

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Highway H2O: Building on commodity success

By Jack Kohane

Capturing more commodity commerce, connecting with markets around the world, and tapping into an improving North American economy, these were the themes marking last year’s Highway H2O, the premier marine industry conference, hosted by The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), the business development platform for the Great Lakes-Seaway System. Great Lakes/Seaway stakeholders heard messages boosting the Seaway as the route of the future. Optimism prevailed over the 2-day event.

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Duisport: a world-class act

By Jack Kohane

Innovation, infrastructure improvements and strategic partnerships have enabled Duisport to become the world’s largest inland port. Located in the hinterland of Germany, hundreds of miles from open sea, Duisport has grown into an international transportation hub, most of that achieved in the last decade.

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Highway H2O 2013 spotlights innovations

by Jack Kohane

Adapting to changing times and adopting new strategies are musts in building business these days. Just ask David S. Gutheil, who wants to accelerate the pace of his harbour port’s revenues by looking beyond the obvious. As VP, Maritime and Logistics for Port of Cleveland, a Green Port on the Great Lakes and a transportation gateway into the North American heartland, he oversees 13 million tonnes of cargo flowing through his port each year, generating $1.8 billion in local economic activity. Now the Port is tapping into the global market.

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Thunder Bay Terminals looking to a promising future

By Jack Kohane

Hilary Goldenberg, President of Thunder Bay Terminals Ltd. (TBTL), isn’t a geologist but she knows tonnes about coal, an age-old fossil fuel that is been getting some bad press of late. But when Goldenberg talks up the merits of coal, people listen. “Canada’s coal business is bright,” she says firmly. “Canada has lots of excellent coking coal and the world wants it.” Metallurgical coal is an essential ingredient for steel production and drives the steel industry on a global scale. In addition, thermal coal that is produced in North America is also in growing demand in Europe and Asia where government policies have not undermined its use. As a result of strong pricing overseas, these products are moving in ever greater volumes into the export market.

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Report on JOC’s Canada Maritime Conference

By Jack Kohane

“When world markets look to Canada, they see a trading partner that can be counted on, meaning that our shipping systems can be relied on to move people, goods and services across land mass and waterways quickly, smoothly and reliably.” Those remarks by Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Labour, launched her keynote address, encapsulating the theme of transportation labour at the Canada Maritime Conference held recently in Toronto.

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