Company looks to upgrade railway

Southern Railway hopes to bring trains back the Alberni Valley if the Raven coal mine gets approval ERIC PLUMMER / ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES FEBRUARY 7, 2014 A railway company operating in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley is considering reviving the line that extends to Port Alberni if the Raven coal mine is approved by provincial …

Southern Railway hopes to bring trains back the Alberni Valley if the Raven coal mine gets approval ERIC PLUMMER / ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES FEBRUARY 7, 2014 A railway company operating in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley is considering reviving the line that extends to Port Alberni if the Raven coal mine is approved by provincial …

Island rail proponents upbeat on revived E&N

ROB SHAW / TIMES COLONIST  DECEMBER 25, 2013 E&N rail service between Victoria and Courtenay was halted in 2011 because of poor track conditions. The return of passenger rail on Vancouver Island is inching closer to reality amid positive negotiations with Via Rail, say Island proponents. “I’m feeling really good about it,” said Mary Ashley, co-chairwoman …

ROB SHAW / TIMES COLONIST  DECEMBER 25, 2013 E&N rail service between Victoria and Courtenay was halted in 2011 because of poor track conditions. The return of passenger rail on Vancouver Island is inching closer to reality amid positive negotiations with Via Rail, say Island proponents. “I’m feeling really good about it,” said Mary Ashley, co-chairwoman …

Alberni Port considers Containers and Short Sea Shipping

A great Article from @PAPortAuthority on Short Sea Shipping opportunities for #alberni #VI appeared in the AV Times today.

Check it out!

So, what is a Container Trans Shipment and Short Sea Shipping Terminal? The basic premise of such an operation is to attract a significant percentage of the approximately 20 Million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit containers) – and growing annually – sailing within reach of the Alberni Inlet along the Great Northern Pacific Sailing Route destined to Vancouver, Seattle-Tacoma, Portland, LA-Long Beach and points in between.

Ships’ containers would be offloaded in the Alberni Inlet at a new, modern terminal facility, sorted and barged directly to their specific distribution hubs in the Fraser River, for example, or directly to the next transportation mode, such as rail, in the logistics chain. Let’s not also forget the great sense it makes to receive cargo from Asia on Vancouver Island for Vancouver Island destinations as the population of “our little island” is projected to rapidly increase towards one million residents.

This project has excellent potential to reshape the face of transportation for not only the Alberni Valley but Vancouver Island as a whole. It would be doubly interesting if TEUs destined for Vancouver Island actually got here first and did not need to ever set foot in the Lower Mainland, but that is perhaps asking too much.

Either way though, a revitalized and vibrant rail connection could be greatly enhance the possibilities of this venture even if the Terminal itself is located far from the rail terminus. Indeed it is far from any highway as it sounds as though it will be somewhere down the Alberni Inlet.

Supplies and logistics would need to come to Port Alberni first to get to the Terminal.

Clearly this service would be using links with Seaspan and Southern Railway of BC to get these containers to their distribution points in the Lower Mainland and to connect to the Continental rail network, these companies are part of the Washington Group of Companies as is Southern Railway of Vancouver Island.