Canadian Pacific (CP) and Hapag-Lloyd AG on April 25 reported an additional call, via a seasonal extra loader, at New Brunswick’s Port St. John. This follows their inaugural service call in May 2021.
CP regained access to the port in June 2020 with its acquisition of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway—Railway Age’s 2016 Regional Railroad of the Year—which has connections with the Eastern Maine and New Brunswick Southern. This expansion of CP’s network more directly links Atlantic Canada to Montréal, Toronto and the U.S. Midwest (Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City).
Port Saint John is Eastern Canada’s largest port by volume; it handles an average of 28 million metric tons (MT) of cargo annually, including dry and liquid bulks, break bulk, and containers. For 2021, overall cargo tonnage reached 28,822,218 MT, an 11% increase over 2020.
“We are thrilled to see Hapag-Lloyd add a second solution into Port Saint John, further unlocking the port’s potential for CP customers and the North American supply chain,” CP Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer John Brooks said. “Port Saint John offers a congestion-free gateway to Canadian and U.S. markets. In combination with DP World, CP’s East Coast Advantage provides the fastest and most reliable transit into Montréal, Toronto and Chicago.”
“This seasonal product will be particularly beneficial in connecting customers in inland locations in the U.S. Midwest and throughout Canada with key North European ports,” Hapag-Lloyd Americas President Uffe Ostergaard said.
“Together with our partners across the supply chain, we are pleased to welcome this additional seasonal service from Hapag-Lloyd to DP World Saint John,” said Matthew Leech, CEO and Managing Director, Americas Region for DP World. “As an end-to-end logistics solutions provider, DP World Saint John has ample capacity [56 acres of terminal area] to provide reliable, congestion free service for carriers and shippers.”