MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and
Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGT), the operator of two
container terminals at the Port of Montreal, said today closer
collaboration and innovation are driving important supply chain
efficiencies in their operations that are improving customer service.
Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN executive vice-president and chief marketing
officer, said: "Since we first committed ourselves to a stronger
working relationship with key stakeholders at the Port of Montreal a
year ago in an effort to boost efficiencies and service, we, along with
MGT, have delivered continuous improvement in our performance. The goal
is to better serve our mutual customers and to increase the
competitiveness of the port."
Two key metrics underscore advances in performance. Since August 2010,
ocean terminal dwell -- the average time it takes for a container to be
placed on a rail car after being discharged from a vessel at MGT's CAST
terminal - has declined by almost 40 per cent. Another key metric - the
ratio of CN rail cars available at CAST compared with the number of
discharged containers awaiting rail shipment - has improved by more
than 200 per cent since August 2010.
Ruest said: "The performance gains are attributable to a stronger
relationship with MGT and a constant focus on detail. CN's
contributions to this success include timelier car supply, improved car
blocking and increased customer communication."
Kevin Doherty, chief executive officer of MGT, said: "Tight cooperation
with CN following the signing of our level of service agreement has
allowed the parties to take a proactive approach to increase efficiency
and productivity. CN is delivering cars in a timelier manner, allowing
us to better manage our terminal throughput.
"Together we are achieving superior reliability, consistency and transit
times due to unmatched dwell times, helping Montreal's competitiveness
as a superior route for containerized goods reaching the interior of
the continent. We are moving cars out of the terminal faster and
producing a more fluid operation. The result is a clockwork operation
in which 95 per cent of all cargo has been loaded onto a rail car and
is on its way to inland destinations within 72 hours."
Ruest said: "Early in this initiative CN appointed a ports manager
responsible for continually monitoring and controlling car supply to
the Port of Montreal's container terminals in cooperation with key
stakeholders. We also took steps to significantly beef up our customer
support team. These measures have, in turn, helped us to continue
delivering solid, consistent rail transit times to key markets in
Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and
David Cardin, president of Maersk Line Canada, a subsidiary of Maersk
Line, the global containerized division of the A.P. Moller - Maersk
Group, said: "Maersk Line is committed to providing our customers with
unmatched reliability through 95 per cent on-time delivery. We
encourage and support the efforts taken by CN and the Montreal Gateway
Terminals to improve the performance of the gateway. The improvement
over the past year has benefited our customers by providing increased
reliability and a better overall customer experience."
CN, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and the two companies that operate
the port's three principal container terminals announced in February
2011 two level-of-service agreements intended to drive a strong focus
on supply chain efficiencies.
The two agreements followed a framework agreement that CN and the MPA
reached in September 2010. Under that agreement, CN and the port
decided to develop a best-practices vision for the gateway's supply
chain, improve productivity, and leverage these gains to increase their
share of global container traffic.
About Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership
Strategically situated at the gateway to the vast and vibrant North
American markets, Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership's two
container terminals are in operation year-around. Gateway Terminals are
efficiently serviced by both CN and Canadian Pacific Railway, which
have direct links to major American rail carriers. This strategic
location is also connected to the network of highways that lead
directly to markets in Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada as well as the
United States. The direct access to train or truck transportation
services provides shippers with the advantage of reliable,
cost-competitive inland transportation to major North American markets.
For more information about the Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership,
visit MGT's website at www.mtrtml.com.
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Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points
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