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Canadian Pacific yesterday officially launched its international intermodal service through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick.
The inaugural train carried containers from the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Detroit Express bound for intermodal terminals on CP's network in Canada and the United States, CP officials said in a press release.
A CP westbound train left yesterday morning for the Montreal region at Brownville Junction, Maine, with the first Port of Saint John containers on connection from the New Brunswick Southern (NBSR) and Eastern Maine (EMRY) railways. From Montreal, the train will move containers from the Detroit Express on connecting trains to destinations that include Toronto; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; Chicago; and Minneapolis.
CP gained access to the Port of Saint John through connections with EMRY and NBSR via its acquisition of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway (CMQ), which was completed in June. CP has committed to investing $90 million over three years into the CMQ property.
"CP has been without access to a deepwater Atlantic Ocean port for a quarter century," said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. "I'm pleased to deliver a simple message: We're back."
By year's end, CP officials anticipate the Class I will be able to offer 24-hour service between Saint John and Montreal.
"The Port of Saint John connection gives us the rare opportunity to offer shippers a truly new and extremely compelling service to reach North American markets," said Jonathan Wahba, CP vice president of sales and marketing for intermodal and automotive.