News in transportation


Port Congestion Continues to Create Major Pinch-Points in the Supply Chain

According to Freightwave.com and American Shipper, as of Tuesday (9-21-21) there were approximately 70 container ships loaded with cargo waiting at anchor or drifting off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. While the numbers fluctuate from day to day, there were 70 container ships in the queue on Monday with total capacity of 432,909 twenty-foot equivalent units.

Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern Lines Officially Announce Merger Plans

With the Canadian National Railway (CN) bid’s withdrawn, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and the Kansas City Southern Lines (KCS) have jointly announced today (9-15-21) that they have entered into a merger agreement. Under the terms, the CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately USD$31 billion, which includes the assumption of $3.8 billion of outstanding KCS debt.

U.S. Regulator’s Rejection of Canadian National Railway’s Bid to Purchase Kansas City Southern Railroad Opens Door, Again, for Possible Canadian Pacific Railway Take Over

With U.S. regulators rejecting a key part of the Canadian National Railway Co’s (CN) bid, the Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) has approached the Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS) board asking them to reaffirm the CP’s interest in taking over the railway. CP Rail has maintained that its $31-billion offer, while worth less than CN’s $33.6-billion proposal, has less regulatory risk.

U.S. Regulators Reject Canadian National Railway’s Voting Trust to Buy Kansas City Southern Railroad

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, the U.S. rail regulator rejected a voting trust structure that would have allowed the Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) to proceed with its $29 billion proposed acquisition of U.S.-peer Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). The regulator said that the decision was based on antitrust concerns and is a major setback to the deal that would have created the first direct railway linking Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern Railroad Agree to Merge – Creating North America’s First Railroad Network to Connect Canada, the U.S. and Mexico

The Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) and the Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced on Sunday, March 21, 2021 that they have entered into a merger agreement under which CP has agreed to acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing an enterprise value of approximately USD $29 billion, which includes the assumption of $3.8 billion of outstanding KCS debt.

Huron Central Railway Issues Layoff Notice to all Employees

While still working with and waiting on Ottawa and Queen’s Park to put together a $40 million package for track maintenance and safety upgrades to the 288-kilometer line, which would avert a system wide shutdown, the Huron Central Railway has issued a notice to all 43 employees that their positions will be terminated at the end of December should the railway cease operation.