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Canada More than 60 shipping vessels stalled off B.C. coast due to rail blockades

15:20  15 february  2020
15:20  15 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

CN Rail: 'significant' parts of Canadian rail network will close if blockades remain

  CN Rail: 'significant' parts of Canadian rail network will close if blockades remain CN Rail: 'significant' parts of Canadian rail network will close if blockades remainCN says more than 150 freight trains have been halted since Thursday evening, when demonstrators set up blockades in British Columbia and Ontario in solidarity with opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project that crosses the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia.

A rail blockade of the main CN Rail line in northern B . C . has been taken down after the provincial and federal governments agreed to meet with the Gitxsan The blockade was set up on traditional Gitxsan lands that Spookwx oversees. The chief could not guarantee that other blockades won’t be set up on

Railway shippers called on the prime minister to “act decisively” to prevent a complete shutdown of Canada's rail system. Delays caused by the blockades will However, a B . C . Supreme Court judge granted the province an injunction on Thursday afternoon authorizing police to arrest and remove

Protesters against the Coastal GasLink pipeline Protesters against the Coastal GasLink pipeline

At least 66 shipping vessels are stalled in British Columbia's waters, according to the maritime shipping industry, as rail blockades continue in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs' opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C.

Robert Lewis-Manning, president of the Chamber of Shipping of B.C., says Canadians will eventually notice consequences from the backlog.

"It will hit in the pocket book, it will hit in necessary supplies for key industries and it will take a long time to recover," he said.

The vessels move commodities like consumer goods, food and raw materials between Canada and international destinations.

CN shuts down eastern rail network, Via service due to anti-pipeline blockades

  CN shuts down eastern rail network, Via service due to anti-pipeline blockades OTTAWA — Canadian National Railway Co. says it must shut down its entire train network in Eastern Canada due to protesters blockades. The company says that means stopping all transcontinental trains across its Canadian network and it may lead to temporary layoffs for eastern Canadian staff. Via Rail says that also means shutting all its passenger service in Canada, which mostly uses CN track. CN Rail says in a statement it has sought and obtained court orders and requested the assistance of enforcement agencies for the blockades in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

The blockade had been in place since Saturday, preventing shipments to the Port of Prince Rupert. As a result, B . C .’s TransLink announced Friday morning that the West Coast Express service will not run Pallister made the remarks after an anti-pipeline blockade of a major rail line west of Winnipeg

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The Chamber of Shipping, along with the B.C. Maritime Employers Association and the B.C. Marine Terminal Operators Association, issued a joint statement Friday calling on the province and federal government to de-escalate tensions and remove blockades.

The organizations say the blockades are creating unsafe work environments for their members and impeding the movement of goods.

Lewis-Manning says there are 48 vessels anchored in Vancouver and 18 in Prince Rupert waiting to get into those ports to either unload or pick up goods.

"Those line-ups are only going to increase, of course ships are continuing to arrive," he said. "Eventually there will be no space and they'll be waiting off the coast of Canada, which is a situation we'd like to avoid."

Rail blockades to lead to shortages of propane and consumer goods, 2 national groups say

  Rail blockades to lead to shortages of propane and consumer goods, 2 national groups say Two national organizations are warning that there could be shortages of propane and consumer goods in Canada if the current rail blockades continue. Spokespeople for the Canadian Propane Association and the Retail Council of Canada said on Sunday that they are concerned and frustrated in particular about the impact of the blockade near Belleville, Ont. on Tyendinaga Mohawk territory that has shut down train service across much of Eastern Canada. The blockade entered in its 11th day on Sunday. CN Rail has obtained a court injunction to end the protest, but the Ontario Provincial Police have not yet enforced it.

Two Hanjin Shipping container vessels are detained at anchor off the British Columbia coast with a list of creditors seeking at least .6 million in unpaid bills that the foundering 7 after terminal operator DP World and CN Rail struck a deal to move stranded cargo due to come off at the port.

More than 150 freight trains have been idled since the blockades and passenger services have been cut back in Ontario, Quebec and B . C . The protests have stopped Via Rail passenger trains as well as CN trains, cutting off routes between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Kingston.

A rail blockade near Belleville, Ont., continued into its ninth day on Friday, which has resulted in CN and Via Rail stoppages.

After four days, a similar blockade near Hazelton, B.C., ended after the federal and provincial governments agreed to set up a meeting between high level officials and hereditary chiefs.

Lewis-Manning applauded both sides for their efforts in finding a way to end the blockade that halted transport between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

"There's some positive signs," he said. "Obviously there is a lot of hard work that goes behind something like that."

Still, there is concern that other blockades could spring up.

'Everyday costs'

Rick Kantz, a farmer in Fort St. John and president of the B.C. Grain Producers Association, which has 300 members, says he and other farmers trying to move crops like wheat, canola and barley have been slowed by rail cars not showing up due to delays.

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He says the slowdown will result in farmers missing shipping dates, losing sales and having to store grain on farms.

"It's going to start affecting us relatively soon," he said. "A day or two a person can live with. Everyday costs, you sure don't want to extend much beyond that."

Farmers like Kantz, along with those in the maritime shipping industry, have already been affected by a trade slowdown due to the coronavirus and a ministerial order from the federal government requiring trains carrying a significant amount of dangerous goods on federal lines to slow down.

That order from Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau came on Feb. 6 after a CP crude oil train derailment in Saskatchewan.

On Thursday, CN Rail announced a shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada due to the blockades. It says it transports more than $250 billion worth of goods annually.

The CN shutdown in turn caused Via Rail to cancel most of its passenger services. The company says it transported five million passengers across Canada in 2019.

Meanwhile, a blockade of trains on Canadian Pacific Railway tracks in Port Coquitlam, B.C., resulted in a difficult commute for people in Metro Vancouver Thursday evening and Friday morning before trains were able to resume Friday afternoon.

Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters set up new Vancouver rail blockade, violating injunction .
The blockade is the latest act of solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through their traditional lands in northern B.C. In a statement, the group organized by Natalie Knight said it was not only protesting the actions of Coastal GasLink and RCMP, but also the various injunctions granted against solidarity protests themselves. “You cannot injunct justice," Knight said. "The use of overbroad injunctions to criminalize Indigenous land defenders and our supporters reveals the colonial foundation of Canadian law.

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