Disruption of rail services: the Port of Quebec deems “urgent” to resolve the situation

Interruption de services ferroviaires: le Port de Québec juge «urgent» de régler la situation

The interruption of rail services, by reason of the occupation of some commercial lines, will have impacts at the Port of Quebec. The management believes that it is “urgent” to resolve this situation. A ship has already been forced to change its route.

Thursday, at the end of the day, CN has announced the phasing of the movement of freight in eastern Canada and the carrier, VIA Rail has also suspended all its routes across the country.

Since last week, more than 400 trains were cancelled due to demonstrations of solidarity with the First Nation Wet’suwet’en, who opposes the pipeline project Coastal GasLink, in British Columbia.

At the Port of Québec, it states that this situation deprives currently citizens and businesses of essential supplies.

Until now, a ship has been forced to review its route, as it would not have been able to obtain its cargo. And there could be others.

“This situation disrupts the supply chain, in particular for exports of agricultural products, and becomes urgent to resolve for the free movement of raw materials and goods,” said the vice-president, public affairs, interim Stéphane Michaud.

At Olymel, owned by La Coop fédérée, we qualify as “special concern” and this interruption of services, especially if it lasts for several days.

In terms of consequences for the company, what are the exports of pork, which could hurt, since it is a perishable product.

“We are trying to find alternative ways to ensure our deliveries”, responds to the Newspaper the spokesperson Richard Vigneault.

The Association québécoise du propane (AQP) is also the fear a new shortage of gas. Recall that, last fall, a strike at CN had caused a shortage of propane across the province.

“Rail transportation is extremely important for the many Quebecers who every day use propane for their homes, businesses, farms and fleets of vehicles”, underlined this week the management of the AQP in a press release.

Orléans Express adds links

In addition, following the termination of services of VIA Rail, the carrier Orléans Express has decided to expand its connections between Quebec city and Montreal.

The company has added 11 additional buses Friday morning.

– With the collaboration of the QMI agency

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