Ports & Rail Transportation

Peace Region Access to Container Transportation (Northern Alberta Development Council)

PROLOG provided its client, the Northern Alberta Development Council, with an assessment of the prospects for extending rail-based container service into the Peace Region.

Potential users and providers of containerized transportation services were identified, primarily for off-shore export through West Coast Ports. Comparative cost and service characteristics of truck, rail car and container transport were provided.

Long range demand and supply scenarios for Peace Region containerized transportation were developed in forecasts. Specific opportunities and constraints for rail container service extended from the mail line rail network were identified. Improved attractiveness for export expansion and identity preservation of specialty agri-food products was specifically determined.

Major Resource Development Project Cargo Assessment (Vancouver Fraser Port Authority)

One of a series of studies by PROLOG for the Port Authority relating to Western Canadian resource project impacts on export and import freight traffic through B.C. Lower Mainland terminals. Included were identification of transportation characteristics and constraints, and long term export and import forecasts for petrochemicals, petroleum products and crude oil; and most recently - construction materials, equipment and process modules for pipelines, oilsands bitumen and upgrader projects, renewable energy projects, and the mining industry.

The latest project also included the port's two main terminals offering break bulk cargo handling services, Fraser Surrey Docks and Lynterm. The assessment provided port management with a description of the break bulk cargo potential associated with resource projects planned for Western Canada; volumes, and handling peculiarities.

PROLOG also provided the terminals with strategies for offering resource project developers with "value-added" services designed to attract new business.

Rails to Resources to Ports - The Alaska Canada Rail Link Project Phase 1 Feasiblity Study (State of Alaska and government of Yukon)

The Alaska Canada Rail Link initiative considered a continental rail connection through Alaska, Yukon and Northern B.C. providing a new trade corridor between North Asia and North America as well as linking remote resource producers to North Pacific Ports.

The Phase 1 Feasibility Study, jointly sponsored by Alaska and Yukon, was governed by an international Advisory Committee comprised of government, industry and aboriginal leaders.

PROLOG was requested to provide the project manager to oversee both the Alaska and Yukon sides of this $5 million study.