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CN Celebrates “Nation Builder Award” & 100th Anniversary

CN Celebrates “Nation Builder Award” & 100th Anniversary

Canada’s largest nonprofit supply chain association, SCMA, honored CN this week with the “Nation’s Builder Award” at the SCMA National Conference and Fellow Awards Gala at Le Sheraton Hotel in Montreal. The recognition serves as the first for the leading company, responsible for transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods each year across its 20,000 route-miles throughout Canada and parts of America.

“The 100th anniversary of SCMA served as the catalyst for this award, but the selection of CN was guided by the company’s unrivaled legacy of economic and innovative contributions to building Canada’s supply chain infrastructure,” said Christian Buhagiar, President and CEO, SCMA. “As beautiful as our country is, the variety of terrains and population density pose unique challenges for the safe, secure movement and tracking of goods and raw materials. Without leading edge infrastructure, the integrity of Canada’s supply chains is compromised and Canada’s positioning in global trade is at risk. CN has and continues to provide the investments and leadership needed to ensure that Canada is recognized for having one of the safest supply chains in the world.”

“On behalf of all CN railroaders, I am honoured to have CN recognized with the SCMA’s Nation Builder Award,” said JJ Ruest, President and CEO, CN. “As with SCMA, this year marks our centennial, and while we are proud of the company’s heritage, our focus is on the future of the supply chain and how we can play an active role in moving Canada’s natural resources and our customers’ goods to market safely and efficiently. We are focusing on investing in infrastructure, technology and solutions to increase our role in Canadian supply chain and across our international markets.”

Source: CN

Record Transit Times Reported for Davies Turner’s Express

Record transit times were reported for the UK’s leading independent freight forwarder, Davies Turner’s Express China Rail. The record numbers come shortly after the company completed the upgrade to its fixed-day, weekly rail import service for LCL cargoes.

“The record transit time achieved by our overland rail service, when ocean freight shipments were being delayed by inclement weather, showed another advantage of rail over ocean freight,” commented Philip Stephenson, chairman of Davies Turner.

The container paths coming to Davies Turner’s begins with Wuhan rail, going through Duisburg to be trucked to the Port of Rotterdam and ferried to Purfleet for its final destination at Davies Turner’s distribution centre, for discharging, customs clearance and delivery.

“While Storm Gareth caused havoc recently, causing the closure of ports and delays to ocean freight shipments, our Express China Rail service has been suffering no such problems, arriving several days ahead of schedule,” said Tony Cole, head of supply chain services at Davies Turner. “Last week, our consol box arrived and was unpacked after just 19 days, which was a record time. The scheduled transit time from the Wuhan rail hub to our Dartford depot is 22 to 24 days.”

“Since we launched the dedicated weekly consol service from Wuhan in November 2018 we have seen it go from strength to strength. Bookings have increased by 195 percent.”

Florida East Coast Railway Acquires New GE Locomotives

Jacksonville, FL – The Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) has completed the inaugural run of its first two new GE ES44C4 locomotives.

The new engines provided state-of-the-art Tier 3 locomotive power to the company’s most expedited through-freight train, transporting automotive, carload and intermodal freight from Jacksonville to Miami.

Part of GE’s Evolution Series, the ES44C4 locomotives are designed using advanced engine technology that lowers fuel consumption while also controlling NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions. The company will receive a total of 24 ES44C4 locomotives from GE Transportation before the end of the year.

“As we continue to grow and expand, it is critical that we have dependable and efficient horsepower to support the transportation of intermodal, carload, auto and port business,” said James R. Hertwig, FECR President and CEO. “With these new Tier 3 locomotives, we are well positioned to handle current and future customer needs.”

The Florida East Coast Railway is a 351-mile freight rail line located along the east coast of Florida and serves as the exclusive rail provider for Port Miami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach.

The FEC connects to the national railroad network in Jacksonville, Florida, and provides carload and door-to-door intermodal solutions across North America.