The possibility of setting up a truck ferry between northern New Brunswick and western Newfoundland is one step closer to becoming reality.The Belledune Port Authority has asked for a shipping company...
The possibility of setting up a truck ferry between northern New Brunswick and western Newfoundland is one step closer to becoming reality.
The Belledune Port Authority has asked for a shipping company to supply and operate a roll-on, roll-off truck ferry to transport trailers between Belledune and Corner Brook.
The service to and from Newfoundland would provide trucking companies with an alternative to travelling highways through New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia, across Cape Breton Island and up the west coast of Newfoundland.
A call for proposals from the Belledune Port Authority is seeking a vessel to ferry in excess of 100 trailers two to three times a week, year round, for a distance of 310 nautical miles.
Proposals will be accepted until mid-September. Officials would like to see the service realized by May 2002.
Call out for improving BC’s Sea to Sky Corridor
The Multi-Modal Corridor Trans- portation Study, produced for the B.C. Ministry of Transportation by Reid Crowther and Partners, indicates that a number of improvements are necessary on the route from Horseshoe Bay to Cache Creek.
Some of the recommendations include upgrading the well-traveled Hwy. 99 between Horseshoe Bay and Whistler to four lanes, with six lanes running through Squamish.
The study says that the corridor has some of the most difficult road building terrain in Canada, which will prove to be a challenge when it comes time to expand. Other problems in the area are heavy congestion, poor average travel speeds and a high rate of accidents on Hwy. 99 where it curves along Howe Sound.
CN Hamilton facility will compete for long-haul freight
Canadian National Railway (CN) has opened a new $6-million distribution plant in the Hamilton, Ont., looking to siphon freight away from motor carriers.
CN says it will use the east-end steel transfer centre to ship freight to and from local mills and markets in the US – a market currently dominated by long-haul fleets.
“We were guilty of not having the products and services to induce anyone to do business with us,” said CN’s Jerry Boland, vice-president of metals and minerals. “We are competing with trucks. I think trucks have had a lot of the (market) share over the years that should have been rail share … but our service hasn’t been good enough.”
The new CN facility sits beside the Dofasco central shipping department operation, but Boland insists the railway is not looking to simply serve Dofasco and Stelco. It hopes to also go after truck-loaded steel coming to southern Ontario from US mills and service centres.
Until recently, said Boland, CN did not have the insulated rail cars and expertise to go after steel-carrier business. But rail cars now have the 100-tonne capacity necessary to handle large sheet coils of steel.
CN hopes to use its reach to exploit that north-south corridor all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Fleets to discover cost saving measures at Expocam 2001
Expocam 2001, a national trucking exhibit to be held in Place Bonaventure in Montreal October 18-20, will be providing a forum to show drivers and fleet managers how to make their fuel, and their trucks, go further for less.
A number of Expocam 2001 exhibitors will be showcasing innovations that will equip fleets to become more fuel-efficient. Michelin, Clral, Natural Resources Canada and Webasto Thermosystems all have something new to help reduce fuel costs.
Mexico, US Senate battle it out over access to US highways
The US Senate has approved transportation appropriations including 22 new safety provisions Mexican trucks will have to meet before being permitted to travel in the US. The new provisions approved by the Senate are tougher than those approved by the House earlier in the summer and could potentially stall President Bush’s plan to give full access to US highways by Jan. 1.
The Bush administration, however, says the president will veto the bill over the issue of Mexican trucks. The Senate Bill gives Mexican trucks access, but sets the safety bar higher than it is for new entrants in the US trucking industry.
Mexico meanwhile is threatening to close the border to U.S. trucks if their trucks are not granted access to US highways.
“If there continues to be resistance and there is no agreement, it will simply mean Mexican trucks will not go over there because they are not permitted or wanted,” Fox said. “But neither will there be American trucks here.”
Mexico’s Congress passed a measure calling for the Fox administration to close the border to US trucks if Washington fails to comply with NAFTA rules.
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