A few components of federal transport plans are taking shape

By Alex Binkley

A railway service bill, and action on a budget proposal to track transportation trends appear to be the federal government’s first initiatives connected to its Transport 2030 action plan. Meanwhile it’s moving ahead with proposals from last year’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan to acquire icebreaking and ship-towing assistance. Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said he’ll introduce legislation this spring to implement seven key measures recommended by the report on the Canada Transport Act review released last year.

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Emerson urges big-picture view of trade corridors

By Alex Binkley

Don’t let discussions of improved trade and transportation corridors become mired in debates about which infrastructure projects are most important, says David Emerson.

The former federal cabinet minister and head of the group that produced a sweeping review of Canadian transportation policy released last year, says it would be a mistake to focus solely on the state of railways, bridges, pipelines and power transmission lines.

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Minister Marc Garneau points to Seaway’s pivotal role as 59th Seaway season begins

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, joined by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Development Corporation, marked the opening of its 59th navigation season with a special tribute to marine shipping’s substantial contribution to Canada’s economic development and quality of life. CSL St-Laurent, the first ship to transit the St. Lambert lock in 2017, featured a monumental work of art work commissioned by Montreal-headquartered Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group, as a tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 375th of the City of Montreal.

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Technology driving freight industry swiftly up the on-ramp

By R. Bruce Striegler

By July of this year, the world’s first passenger drone aircraft will be transporting individuals over Dubai. Chinese-based Ehang unveiled the world’s first self-flying, electric aircraft prototype, or more accurately, passenger drone, at the 2016 Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. The drone can carry one passenger, weighing up to 100 kilograms, and can stay airborne for 30 minutes on one charge, and fly at a maximum speed of 100 kph. Although Ehang claims it can reach altitudes of 3,500 metres, the vehicle flies quite low, between 300 to 500 metres. The passenger uses a touchscreen to select a destination, and the drone is then “auto-piloted” by a command center.

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A wave of optimism with Seaway opening

By Alex Binkley

When it comes to the prospects for a new navigation season on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes, Terence Bowles and Craig Middlebrook have to sound optimistic. This year might justify upbeat comments the President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the Deputy Administrator of Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation offer in separate interviews.

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Madeleine Paquin talks about future opportunities for Logistec

By Brian Dunn

Logistec has enjoyed a proud history since the company was founded 65 years ago by Roger Paquin, father of current President and CEO Madeleine Paquin, including 47 consecutive profitable years since listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1969. Much of the company’s success can be attributed to management’s philosophy of embracing innovation, Ms. Paquin told a recent luncheon meeting of the Canadian Club of Montreal. “This approach has directly contributed to our growth over the years and enables us to have a positive long-term impact on the communities we serve.

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Capacity crunch on box ships to Asia: Maersk first to stop taking bookings, as air freight awaits boost

By Mike Wackett and Alex Lennane

On March 1, Maersk Line stopped booking export containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, according to market sources, while capacity is said to be extremely tight for other lines. Air freight could feel the benefit, if the capacity crunch continues, according to one forwarder.

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Zim and THE Alliance to offer joint Mediterranean-US east coast services in 2017

By Mike Wackett

THE Alliance and Israeli carrier Zim are to combine Mediterranean-US east coast services in April. Subject to regulatory approval, the co-operation involves THE Alliance dropping calls at Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia and the transhipment hub of Algeciras from its AL6 service, which will be served by Zim’s flagship ZCA service, branded AL7 by THE Alliance.

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UK Institute agrees to fund development of wind-power systems to cut cargo ship emissions

By Alexander Whiteman

Britain’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) will fund development of flettner rotor systems for cargo vessels, arguing that wind power represents the only credible way to cut shipping’s CO2 emissions. A flettner rotor system uses a spinning cylinder to convert wind force into thrust that helps propel a ship.

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Anti-dumping and countervailing duties – and their role in softwood lumber sector

By Alan M. Field

Like peanut butter and jelly, countervailing duties and antidumping duties go hand-in-hand. Explains Susan Kohn Ross, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, a Los Angeles international law firm. Dumping occurs when you are charging a lower price in a foreign market than you are charging in your domestic market, or you are charging less in a foreign market than it costs you to make that product.

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