Please be reminded that Civic Holiday on August 6th, 2018, Maritime-Ontario will be closed in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia.
- HOLIDAY REMINDER: SAINT JEAN-BAPTISTE JUNE 24TH, 2018 (QUEBEC ONLY): Please be advised that the Saint Jean-Baptiste holiday this year falls on Sunday June 24, 2018. As a result, our Montreal office and terminal will be closed on Monday June 25th, 2018, in respect of this provincial holiday.
- HOLIDAY REMINDER: CANADA DAY JULY 1ST, 2018: Please be advised with Canada Day falling on Sunday July 1st, 2018 all Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines offices will be closed on Monday July 2, 2018 in respect of this national holiday.
MAY 28th, 2018.
CP RAIL – LABOUR UPDATE- WESTERN CANADA.
Unions involved with CP labour negotiations have rejected CP’s final offer. The unions have provided the required 72 hours strike notice suggesting rail operations could be halted at 10:00P:M on Tuesday May 29th, 2018.
Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines have been monitoring the situation very closely over the last few weeks, and have already diverted some traffic to partner carrier, Canadian National Railway.
Maritime-Ontario will endeavor to manage existing customers traffic only, and will will refrain from taking on additional traffic from non Maritime-Ontario customers in order to maintain fluidity where possible.
Please continue to monitor our web-site for further updates, and or http://www.cpr.ca/en/media/news.
Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines limited.
TRANSPORT CANADA – MARINE PROTECTION SURCHARGE
Please be advised that Transport Canada announced on April 28th, 2018 a mandatory speed restriction for vessels sailing through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, due to an increase in the presence of North Atlantic whales.
Oceanex Inc., the principal marine service provider offering twice weekly service to the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador via the port of Montreal, has announced a “TEMPORARY MARINE PROTECTION SURCHARGE”. This surcharge became effective April 28th, 2018 and will remain in effect until November 15th, 2018.
Please find attached a copy of the Oceanex press release advising that all users of their Montreal service will be subject to the Marine Protection Surcharge. As a result, Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited have no alternative other than to cost recover these additional charges effective immediately. The cost recovery surcharge will be as follows.
Truck Load (FTL): $240.00 per unit. OCEANEX MARINE PROTECTION SURCHARGE 2018
Less Than Truck Load (LTL): 3% of freight charges.
Please be advised that service delays should be expected in the cities of Fredericton and Saint John (and vicinity) as these regions are currently experiencing severe flooding, causing closure to many roadways. Flooding is now also affecting numerous roadways in this region of southern New Brunswick.
Freezing rain is expected or occurring.
A prolonged period of freezing rain is expected later today and tonight.
A low pressure system currently east of the Great Lakes will intensify as it tracks across New Brunswick tonight. Snow will change to or become mixed with freezing rain and ice pellets this afternoon and into the evening. A period of freezing rain lasting 3 to 6 hours is expected over these regions.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break. Currently HWY 20 is closed do to the poor conditions.
There is also snowfall, with total amounts of 20 to 30 cm expected.
Significant snowfall expected over northern New Brunswick today and tonight.
A low pressure system currently east of the Great Lakes will intensify as it tracks across New Brunswick tonight. Snow is expected to change over to ice pellets and freezing rain this afternoon then back to snow or flurries tonight. Precipitation is expected to end overnight tonight.
Total snowfall accumulations of 20 to 30 centimetres are expected with this storm. Please note that Highway 20 North West of Moncton is closed down because of weather issues.
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.
Potential Weather Impact – 22/3/2018
Marine Atlantic advises our customers that due to impending weather conditions in the Cabot Strait we anticipate a potential impact to the following departures:
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1230
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 1145
•North Sydney to Port aux Basques Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2345
•Port aux Basques to North Sydney Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2345
NEW BRUNSWICK – A low pressure system will approach the Maritimes from the southwest today and is expected to track across eastern Nova Scotia Friday morning. Snow will develop ahead of this system beginning early Thursday morning and continue into Friday. At this time, southern and eastern parts of New Brunswick have 10 to 15 centimetres of snow forecast but may exceed 15 centimetres before the low pulls away. Snow will also be accompanied by strong northeasterly winds Thursday afternoon, which may bring visibilities down in blowing snow.
NOVA SCOTIA – A developing low pressure system south of Long Island will approach the Maritimes from the southwest tonight and track across eastern Nova Scotia Friday morning. Snow will develop ahead of this system Wednesday evening then change through ice pellets and to freezing rain overnight into Thursday morning. At this time as much as 10 to 15 cm centimetres of snow is expected over parts of Nova Scotia, with the highest amounts expected from the Valley through to northern Nova Scotia including the Cobequid Pass. Also, strong northeasterly winds giving reduced visibility in blowing snow can be expected. There is also a risk of a prolonged period of ice pellets and freezing rain over some areas overnight Wednesday and Thursday.
NEWFOUNDLAND – This storm is expected to continue the trend we have seen with the majority of storms this winter by bringing a variety of precipitation types to most areas. Snow is expected late Thursday and Thursday night over western and northern Newfoundland, and warnings may be required. Meanwhile, a combination of snow, freezing rain, and rain can be expected elsewhere across the Island as temperatures eventually rise above zero.
Please note that Maritime-Ontario offices and terminals will be closed on March 30, 2018 in recognition of Good Friday, and fully operational on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018
Snowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected in Alberta today
Heavy snowfall will spread northward across southern Alberta later this morning. The highest amounts of snow are anticipated to fall west of a line running from Rocky Mountain Hours to Milk River, including Lethbridge and the City of Calgary. Some areas may receive up to 20 cm locally before the snow tapers off by Friday morning.
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.