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REGIONAL REPORTWEST COAST NORTH AMERICA


with drayage, then add heavy haul.” Ports are ramping up their capabilities,


too. The port of Longview is expanding the rail corridor to the main line from two to six tracks, a USD70 million project. “We see more and more project cargo moving by rail,” remarked Nelson-Cooley. The port is also looking to add to its


equipment fleet. “We need longer trailers to handle the blades. They are getting larger,” she said. The port of Vancouver, USA, is planning


to add another gate for wind energy shipments with fewer sharp turns than the existing one. Together with preparation of laydown areas, this is one of the plans to prepare for what is expected to be a record year for wind energy traffic coming through the port. Crane Worldwide has been using the port


of Hueneme in southern California as a gateway for incoming project shipments. “The Hueneme gateway has been a great success for us. It takes away from the congestion at Long Beach and Los Angeles. We get out of southern California smoothly,” said Palmer. Last summer the port embarked on a


terminal modernisation project, which will double the cargo handling area.


Pipe handler Canada’s Stewart World Port acquired a pipe handler for large diameter pipe sections. A larger investment is in the pipeline. Last summer the Canadian government pledged CAD13.1 million (USD9.86 million) for the port to install a bulk loading conveyor system and power and control facilities. This will get under way once the port has signed up a partner in the mining or wood industry, said Pettit. “We have to put in the other half,” he


said, adding that he expects the system to be ready for operation by the end of 2021. He is also eager to improve access to the port. One positive development there has been the replacement of a bridge some 75 km (46.6 miles) from the port that had weight restrictions. Now he is looking to establish a rail link. “We are actively


The Hueneme gateway has been a great success for us. It takes away from the congestion at Long Beach and Los Angeles. We get out of southern California smoothly. – Chris Palmer, Crane Worldwide Logistics


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Omega Morgan is expanding its fleet in preparation for a busy year.


Impact Transportation, based at the port of Oakland, has been active with housing construction developments.


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