CN, CPR strike West Coast switching deal

Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) plan to jointly manage rail switching on intermodal trains at the Deltaport marine container terminal at Roberts Bank, B.C.

Deltaport, about 40 km south of Vancouver’s inner harbour, handles about 70,000 intermodal TEUs (20-foot equivalent containers) off CN and CPR trains each month, the two railways said in a joint release Friday.

Container cars need to be switched into the terminal’s tracks for loading and unloading. The railways have agreed to allow the Deltaport division of a jointly-owned subsidiary to manage both railways’ switching operations there.

“Deltaport division will streamline the logistics chain at the terminal,
generating greater efficiencies in the overall rail and port operation,” said
Keith Creel, CN’s executive vice-president of operations, in the release.

“These service and
productivity gains support Canada’s Asia-Pacific gateway initiative, which
aims to bolster the competitiveness of the nation’s West Coast ports.”

“More specifically, we expect Deltaport division will enhance
the fluidity and capacity of both railways calling at Deltaport and deliver
better service to our port and terminal partners within the Pacific gateway,” said CPR chief operating officer Kathryn McQuade in the same release.

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