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January 2019

Oji Fibre Solutions and Port of Tauranga renewal Operating Agreement for further 10 years

January 21, 2019 - 05:53
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Oji Fibre Solutions is New Zealand’s major manufacturer of market kraft pulps, container board and packaging products. The company has committed to consolidating the majority of its import and export cargo volumes through Port of Tauranga for the next decade. The agreement reflects the long and productive relationship between the two companies, dating back to the 1950s.

Transportation: Forest products rail freight up slightly in 2018; four carriers show p&p up 4%

January 21, 2019 - 05:51
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Volume in 2017 was 1.7% lower from 2016 at 912,295 carloads, including pulp and paper, lumber and wood products, and primary forest products, such as woodchips and logs. Some Class I carriers showed mixed results for the year with two reporting 9-10% increases in pulp and paper volumes. Among four carriers reporting separate forest products categories, pulp and paper freight was 4.4% higher to 484,695 carloads, and lumber/wood products freight was 2.4% higher to 441,889 carloads.

New president of Tarragona Port Authority

January 21, 2019 - 05:48
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Josep Maria Cruset i Domènech became the president of the Tarragona Port Authority in November 2018 Source Port of Tarragona

Josep Maria Cruset i Domènech (born Riudoms, 1975) became the president of the Tarragona Port Authority in November 2018.

Josep Maria Cruset has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rovira i Virgili University Higher School of Chemical Engineering (ETSEQ) and an MBA from the same university. He specialises in Process and Quality Management and worked as a Quality Specialist for the Tarragona Provincial Government, a body in which he is a civil servant currently on leave of absence.

Canada forest sector applauds government’s decision to proceed with supply chain investigation

January 21, 2019 - 05:40
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Canada’s forest products sector relies on an efficient and reliable transportation system to move our products through Canada to global markets. Over the past two years, system congestion through the Lower Mainland of B.C. has created real challenges for Canadian forest products companies. Last year alone, rail delays and bottlenecks cost the forest products sector over $500 million dollars. FPAC has supported calls for the federal government to complete a comprehensive diagnostic around these transportation system failures.

UPM takes part in international public tendering process to build 2 million tonne/yr pulp terminal in Montevideo deep sea port in Uruguay

January 21, 2019 - 05:36
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The scope of the concession tender is the building and operation of a port terminal specialized in the storage and shipping of pulp, chemicals and other inputs related to pulp production with a capacity to handle approximately 2 million tonnes of pulp annually. The tender includes the design, financing, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the pulp terminal. The tenure of the concession would be for 50 years.

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Valmet and Kemira sign partnership agreement to develop wastewater and sludge treatment customer applications in Europe

January 21, 2019 - 01:07
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ESPOO, Finland, Jan. 21, 2019 (Press Release) -Valmet and Kemira have signed a partnership agreement in developing wastewater and sludge treatment customer applications for municipal and industrial plants in Europe. Reliable real-time measurement data will increase the water treatment process visibility and enable predictive and proactive process management. The target is to bring significant savings and efficiency improvements to customers.

Nova Scotia says it's not budging on Northern Pulp mill waste treatment deadline in 2020

January 18, 2019 - 19:23
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HALIFAX, NS, Jan. 18, 2019 (CBC) -The Nova Scotia government will not relax its January 2020 deadline to close the Boat Harbour wastewater effluent treatment facility, even though regulatory issues have delayed the start date for the massive cleanup project by months and perhaps even a year.

The delay is significant because Northern Pulp has asked the province to keep Boat Harbour open beyond the scheduled closing in order to continue treating 75 million litres of effluent daily from its Pictou County pulp mill.

Unite accuses government ministers of ignoring needs of lorry drivers in their planning for potential over Brexit

January 18, 2019 - 04:31
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LONDON, Jan. 18, 2019 (Press Release) -Unite has accused government ministers of ignoring the needs of lorry drivers in their planning for a potential no deal Brexit.

While the government has begun planning to stack lorries at locations such as Marston Airfield and on the M3 in Hampshire, Unite is concerned that the needs of the lorry drivers are being ignored. As well as basic welfare facilities such as toilets, if delays are extended then food and sleeping provisions will be needed, in order to ensure drivers are fit and alert when required to eventually drive.

CLECAT expresses disappointment over outcome of vote in the UK parliament against Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

January 18, 2019 - 03:57
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BRUSSELS, Jan. 16, 2019 (Press Release) -CLECAT, the European association for Freight Forwarding, Logistics and Customs services, is disappointed with the outcome of the vote in the UK Parliament last night against the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement which leaves the industry in further doubt. 

DS Smith orders 110-in corrugator for new Indiana box plant

January 17, 2019 - 13:25
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OAKLAND, CA, Jan. 17, 2019 (RISI) -DS Smith North America plans for the installation of a 110-in corrugator at its new Lebanon, IN, box plant. The plant is to be operating by yearend.

It is to be a full-line corrugated operation and include pre-print press capability, and span almost 550,000 ft2. The groundbreaking for construction of the plant began this month.

The project cost is about $106 million, according to estimates.