COMPETITION WATCH: New Contrans, CP partnership focuses on multimodal flatdeck containers

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WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Canadian Pacific is set to become the exclusive Canadian rail transportation provider for Contrans Group, using Raildecks multimodal flat rack containers.

Canadian Pacific has been testing Raildecks’ 53-ft, collapsible, multimodal carriers over the summer at its Toronto Intermodal Facility in Vaughan, Ont. Officials say the testing proved the concept, as pipe and other industrial products moved seamlessly on CP’s long-haul intermodal trains.

“Raildecks’ innovative product extends the efficiencies of intermodal rail to industrial products shippers,” said John McBoyle, vice-president intermodal at Canadian Pacific. “We believe industrial product customers will be attracted to the consistency, efficiency and, reliability of our long-haul intermodal network.”

“The Raildecks solution provides a viable option to convert some of the industrial freight that is moving over the road to be transported on intermodal rail,” said Rick Jocson, CEO of Raildecks. “By converting a traditional over-the-road commodity to rail, Raildecks are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, freeing up major roads and highways, and reducing costs for shippers.”

“We are excited to be able to provide shippers with a brand new service offering,” said Stan Dunford, Contrans’ chairman and CEO. “This will revolutionize the long haul flatbed market and will result in substantial efficiencies and savings for shippers.”

To see a video of the Raildecks technology in action, watch for an upcoming episode of Transportation Matters on

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