CP: Building Capacity in Vancouver, MontrealWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Canadian Pacific Railway and Maersk will build and operate a transload and distribution facility that will expand CP’s existing Vancouver Intermodal Facility. It is slated to open in 2021. In Montreal, CP has opened a new transload facility.
With Vancouver warehouse space tight this year and ports highly utilized, there is pressure on supply chain performance. “So we applied our global integrator strategy to simplify the current situation and create more end-to-end supply chain solutions by reducing multimodal handoffs,” Maersk Canada President Omar Shamsie said. “We can now offer more responsiveness to the pace of business by giving supply chain leaders more control of order timing/fulfillment through inland routing flexibility, better velocity gained from one-day savings of rail vs. truck, and cost savings through seamless transload operations into domestic 53-foot trailers.”
In another move to build capacity, CP has opened a new 118,000-square-foot transload facility in Montréal, with more than 4,000 feet of existing and adjacent track. It offers transloading services and supplementary intermodal transportation and distribution services from CP’s Côte Saint-Luc yard, plus an additional 50 acres of expansion capacity. CP is operating the facility with TYT Group, a Québec-based freight transportation services provider.
In related news, CN has joined Canadian Pacific, BNSF and CSX Transflo in partnering with Commtrex to boost transloading business.