Pinpointing B.C. port infrastructure priorities

Written on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Published originally in Business Vancouver, November 2017 Written by Timothy Renshaw

Coming soon to a B.C. port near you: more container cargo in bigger ships.

That’s the upbeat script the province’s ports and container terminals are following for their infrastructure expansion plans.

But have they got their investment priorities right?

The biggest roll of the dice on that front is also the biggest source of controversy for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA): the proposed three-berth Terminal 2 expansion at Delta’s Roberts Bank.

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Ashcroft Terminal: one of five inland ports in Western Canada

Written on Friday, September 29th, 2017

Published originally in Canadian Sailings, September 2017 Written by by R. Bruce Striegler

Kleo Landucci, Managing Director of Ashcroft Terminal explains that history plays a part in the formation of the 320 acre, privately-owned inland terminal in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia. “The town is located along the Thompson River and when the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in the late 1800’s, Ashcroft became a transportation centre for goods and people travelling north to the goldfields. Canadian Pacific built on what it felt was the easier side of the river, and then CN came along a few years later, which built on the other side of the Thompson River, but encountered difficult terrain just south of what’s now Ashcroft Terminal, forcing it to build a bridge from the north to the south side, putting both railways on the same side.”

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Infrastructure Report Stuck in Traffic for 10,000 Years: Canadian Problems that Infrastructure Investment Can Solve.

Written on Friday, September 1st, 2017
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Infrastructure Report Stuck in Traffic for 10,000 Years: Canadian Problems that Infrastructure Investment Can Solve.

Published originally by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Ten thousand years is how much additional time commuters in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver spend stuck in traffic every single year as a result of road congestion from key bottlenecks in those cities. This severe congestion is an issue not just for businesses and residents of those cities, but for the entire Canadian economy. Highly focused infrastructure investments can help solve this problem and other major economic challenges that Canada faces.

In 2013’s The Foundations of a Competitive Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce identified key principles of sound public infrastructure investment. The Chamber’s 2016 report, The Infrastructure That Matters Most, made the case for increased trade infrastructure investment to drive Canada’s international competitiveness.

What follows is an outline of seven problems in Canada that strategic public-private infrastructure investment can help solve.

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B.C. cargo terminal boss extols Interior opportunity

Written on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Published originally in Gateway Magazine, June 2017

Behind the reception desk at Ashcroft Terminal’s administrative office in Vancouver is an inspiringly Canadian painting.

Created by artist Jan Kasparec, the work depicts a lone, stationary train on a track through an alluring natural environment like that of British Columbia’s Interior.

The painting is an eloquent pairing of two interconnected themes: the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape and the importance and reliance on movement across that landscape.

Movement and transportation help define Canadians’ way of life, and, says Kleo Landucci, managing director of Ashcroft Terminal, it’s time for the efficiency of goods movement within Canada to be elevated to a more sophisticated level.

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Kleo Landucci Heads a Key Inland Link in Asia-Pacific Gateway Logistics Chain

Written on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Published originally in Gateway 2017 (pg. 44-45), April 24, 2017

Behind the desk at Ashcroft Terminal’s administrative office in Vancouver is an inspiringly Canadian painting. Created by artist Jan Kasparec, the work depicts a lone, stationary train on a track through an alluring natural environment like that of British Columbia’s Interior.

The painting is an eloquent pairing of two inter-connected themes: the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape and the importance of and reliance on movement across that landscape.

Movement and transportation help define Canadians’ way of life, and, says Kleo Landucci, managing director of Ashcroft Terminal, it’s time for movement of goods within our country to rise to a more sophisticated level of efficiency.

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