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Port of Montreal Partners with Canada National for Contrecœur Terminal


Port of Montreal Partners with Canada National for Contrecœur Terminal

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Canadian National Railway (CN) have reached an agreement to integrate rail transport at the MPA’s new container terminal in Contrecœur.

The Contrecœur terminal is located in the main pool of consumers and importers in Quebec and Eastern Canada, close to major rail and road routes.

The CN rail line is already in place in the area covered by the Contrecœur terminal, but both parties will now cooperate to define the technical aspects to maximise the terminal’s efficiency and ensure a competitive commercial offering.

The partnership aims at placing the new terminal into a strategic position with port users to allow greater access to the key markets in North America, especially in Ontario and the US Midwest.

“The Contrecœur container terminal is a strategic project for Quebec’s economic development, which will make it possible for local businesses to be more resilient and keep growing,” said Martin Imbleau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MPA.

“This partnership with CN will ensure optimal integration of rail-related intermodality for strategic, competitive and enhanced access to key markets such as Ontario and the US Midwest, to the benefit of Port of Montreal user companies and the ultimate client, the consumer.”

“Teaming up with the Montreal Port Authority and future partners allows us to design an efficient rail served terminal to provide customers with a high quality, consistent and safe intermodal service on our network,” added Tracy Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CN.

Last July, the MPA launched a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain procurement process to expand its Contrecœur terminal.

The project for the new 1.15-million-TEU terminal was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada after a five-year consultation period.

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Fire Breaks out in Port Klang Container Yard

Earlier this week, a fire broke out in the container yard at the Westports terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia.

According to Westports Holdings, on 4 April at around 4.45 pm, the Port Police Control Centre (PPCC) received a call regarding a fire in the container yard.

Following the call, the PPCC called the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) from Port Klang, who shortly after deployed two fire engines to combat the flames.

The FRD will soon be commencing an investigation as to the cause and source of the incident. The Royal Malaysian Police has also been notified. They too will be investigating.

“At this point in time, we are unable to ascertain the extent of the damaged containers. All the affected box operators will be notified in due course,” said Westports in a statement.

“There were no damages to port equipment and infrastructure. We are also pleased to inform that there were no injuries or disruption to our operations.

“We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to everyone involved in helping us to put out the fire particularly FRD from various stations.”

Last month, two separate fires also broke out at the Durban Container Terminal in South Africa.

On Saturday afternoon 5 March, a fire broke out inside a container which was situated in the stacking area at the Durban Container Terminal (Pier 2).

A separate fire then broke out on Monday morning 7 March.

The cause of the incidents is still unknown.

Case Study Reveals Bulk Terminal Pest Challenges

Information released in a case study by bulk terminal operator, HSE at Terminales Marítimos de Galicia (TMGA), is urging other terminal operators to reconsider their approach to effective pest control, as cargo fumigation isn’t making the cut and leaving too much risk for infestation. One of the causes identified is the presence of Weevils left behind long after lots have been shipped.

“We are finding that the pupae and larvae inside maize kernels in various consignments, and which were subjected to in-transit fumigation, are not affected by phosphine or phosphine generating fumigants and growing into weevils while cargoes are in storage,” said Javier Quintero Saavedra, head of HSE at Terminales Marítimos de Galicia (TMGA).

“Bulk terminals need to implement a fully integrated pest management plan. Operators must monitor silo temperatures and moisture and be able to spot insect and larvae infestations in large storage premises. They should also carry out regular cleaning of empty stores and better understand the use of different pesticides and their effects,” Saavedra added.

Balancing pest management while ensuring safety measures are in place is another challenge identified in the case study – which will be presented by Saavedra at this year’s  Association of Bulk Terminal Operator’s (ABTO) conference – Bulk Terminals,  in October.

“While grain cargoes are usually fumigated at origin or in-transit if larvae survive and evolve it can be a real issue for terminal operators,” ABTO CE Simon Gutteridge said. “It can write-off the whole consignment. There is obviously a strong case for fumigating cargoes stored in silos at discharge ports, especially where maize kernels are stored, but this is not without its own problems.”

As phosphine and methyl bromide are known as top chemical choices for fumigation, both are linked to high-risk health hazards including acute intoxication, hypoxia, asphyxiation, seafarer fatalities, and run the risk of leaks to other facilities. This risks and more will be discussed in detail during Saavedra’s presentation covering port-side fumigation.

“There are IMO guidelines for the use of pesticides in-transit, but the rules governing their use in storage facilities ashore is at national level. Although the European Commission oversees the approval of active substances, it is the individual state that decides whether to allow their use or not,” said Saavedra. “What the bulk terminals industry needs is more globally-focused best practice guidelines, an initiative supported both by ICHCA and ABTO.”