Rick Robertson, General Manager of M-O COLDChain, a division of Maritime Ontario Freightlines Limited (M-O) announces the following management change.

Maria Botelho has been promoted to the role of Manager, Safety and Compliance.
In her role, Maria will oversee all aspects of Driver & Fleet Compliance & company Health and Safety practices.
She will manage, develop and monitor standards, processes, communications, training and systems to ensure all responsibilities associated with SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE within Maritime Ontario are adhered to.

About Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines.
Established in 1962, Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited is a fully integrated transportation company providing multi-modal services throughout Canada. The M-O brand is well known for providing sustainable transportation solutions to its customers backed by a wealth of more than 50 years of experience. Services include less-than-truckload, truckload and dedicated services for both dry and refrigerated cargo. Maritime-Ontario also celebrates its 15th year as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, nine of which have been at the Platinum Club status.

CARBON LEVY – April 12, 2019

To our Valued Customers:
The Federal government has implemented a new National Carbon Tax that applies to fossil fuels starting April 1, 2019. This charge will directly impact our fuel costs related to transportation, the impact of which we will not be able to sustain under your current rate structure.
Therefore, effective April 1, 2019 we will be implementing a Carbon Levy for all Road and Rail shipments moving throughout Canada at the rate of 1.0% of the freight charge.
For your convenience, this surcharge will be listed as a single line item on the invoice reflecting the application above.


Please note that Maritime-Ontario offices and terminals will be closed on Friday April 19th, 2019 in recognition of Good Friday, and fully operational on Easter Monday, April 22, 2018


Due to high winds and weather issues, Oceanex postponed Saturday April 6th, sailing to April 9th. However, because of the snow storm that is currently going trough the Montreal area, the sailing has been cancelled. Next one will be Saturday April 13, 2019

Spring Thaw

The Province of Quebec Transport Ministry is once again reminding heavy vehicle users and shippers who authorized load limits are reduced during the spring thaw period in order to take into account the weaker load bearing capacity of the road network.

The forecasted spring thaw period for Zone 1 is March 11 to May 10; Zone 2 is March 18 to May 17; and Zone 3 is March 25 to May 24, 2019. The starting and ending dates of the load restriction period may be adjusted by the Ministry depending on weather conditions.














Poor weather conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Cabot Strait over the next 48 hours will impact the Oceanex Avalon sailing schedule. As such, we will not be departing this evening as scheduled; our ETD will now be Thursday, February 28th at 16:00h, with arrival into St. John’s on Sunday morning, March 3rd.

CN RAIL DELAY February 25, 2019

CN RAIL terminals in Brampton, and Mississauga were closed from 1900 Sunday, until 0700am Monday because of the high winds. This will cause container release delays, so we appreciate your patience.


As previously communicated, the Oceanex Avalon has experienced severe weather conditions during transit back to Montreal this week. Furthermore, we’ve recently been notified that the St. Lawrence River is temporarily closed due to ice build-up, with the Canadian Coast Guard advising that it will re-open this evening. As a result of these ongoing delays, all freight scheduled to move this week from Montreal will do so on the Oceanex Connaigra, which is scheduled to depart Montreal this Saturday, February 16th as per our normal operating schedule.