June 20, 2018 – The Port of Prince Rupert and DP World have agreed on terms of a project development plan that outlines the next phase of expansion for the DP World Prince Rupert Fairview Container Terminal. The Phase 2B expansion will increase annual throughput capacity at Canada’s second largest container terminal to 1.8 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) when complete in 2022.
June 18, 2018 – Italy’s incoming government has given notice that it intends to not ratify the much heralded CETA agreement. If Italy is allowed to follow through with this threat then this would derail the CETA agreement in its entirety as it is currently still a provisional agreement. We will keep our customers informed of the latest information on this front.
June 13, 2018 – Maersk Line is launching a weekly all-water service from the Far East to Montreal and Halifax.
The AE6 service will connect ports in China and Southeast Asia to Maersk’s new Med/ Montreal Express (“MMX”) at its terminal in Algeciras. Maersk’s facility at Tanjung Pelapas, from which the AE6 sails non-stop to Algeciras, will receive cargo from the widest southeast Asia scope. From Algeciras, the MMX sails to Montreal, followed by Halifax. At Montreal, Maersk Line is using the Cast terminal.
June 9, 2018 – The Trudeau government has told U.S. President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders’ summit, which wrapped up Saturday. Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canadians "particularly did not take lightly the fact that it’s based on a national security reason" and held firm to the government’s threat of retaliation. But Trump appeared to take Trudeau’s criticism personally, and denounced the prime minister hours after he departed the G7 summit on Saturday. Canaan Transport urges both countries to work together to ensure that a mutually beneficial trading relationship will continue.
June 4, 2018 – Canada has officially responded to the US tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum by crafting its own list of retaliatory measures. A partial list of these items can be found in this insightful article. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/steel-tariff-maple-syrup-toilet-paper-1.4686833.
May 30, 2018 – Canaan Transport is pleased to announce that the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have both reached tentative agreements with the CP Rail. Normal operations will resume by tomorrow morning, May 31. All CP Rail shipments will move on their originally scheduled routes. Impact on cargo delivery timing is anticipated to be minimal.
May 30, 2018 – More than 3,000 conductors and locomotive engineers at Canadian Pacific Rail are on strike. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says the workers walked out at 10 p.m. EDT but adds negotiations with the company are ongoing with the help of federal mediators. CP Rail said a tentative three-year contract agreement had been reached with the union representing its 360 signalling workers yesterday night, which is only one of the groups affected. We will continue to keep you updated.
May 28, 2018 – Canadian Pacific (CP) has received notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC) representing locomotive engineers and conductors, and from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) representing signals and communication employees that employee members of the respective unions will be withdrawing their services to operate freight and passenger trains and to maintain CP’s signaling systems in Canada, effective 2200 EST, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
As such, an embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is in place effective 0001 EST Wednesday, May 30, 2018. During the embargo, intermodal terminal gates will remain open, in so far as practicable and so long as capacity permits, in order to reduce the impact of the work stoppage by CP’s unionized employees represented by the TCRC and IBEW. Canaan Transport will continue to monitor the situation for our customers.
May 26, 2018 – This afternoon, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), representing the running trades, has reported that they and the IBEW, representing the signal maintainers, has issued the 72 hour strike notice to the CPR. Canaan Transport estimates that the earliest a strike could start is 2200 hours EDT, Tuesday, May 29. The union also states that they are committed to continuing to bargain with CP even though the 72 hour notice has been issued.
May 25, 2018 – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. is set to resume talks with its train operators and signalling workers after they overwhelmingly rejected the company’s contract offer, leaving its already disgruntled customers fearing a labour disruption that could further affect their businesses. About 3,000 members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference voted 98.1 per cent against the company’s final offer Friday. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents 365 signal and communications workers, voted about 97 per cent against the offer.
The results comes after the government intervened last month to force union members to vote on the company’s offer just before a strike deadline, ending mediated talks between the railway and two unions. The unions said they will work with federal mediators, but are prepared to exercise their right to strike if talks fail or the company does not wish to bargain. They could issue a 72-hour strike notice at any time
Talks were set to resume Friday afternoon in Calgary in an attempt to achieve an agreement and avoid a work stoppage. Canaan Transport will keep our customers updated. CP Rail train crews have engaged in two strikes in the past few years. In 2015, they ended a brief walkout and agreed to arbitration after the Harper government warned of back-to-work legislation. Three years earlier, federal back-to-work legislation was enacted to end a 10-day strike.
The next 10 days will be crucial as to whether a strike will be called.