G3 Morinville, north of Edmonton, and G3 Carmangay, about 150 kilometres south of Calgary, will feature the same high-efficiency infrastructure as G3's other elevators in Western Canada, the company said in a June 25 news release. | G3 photo

G3’s new facilities expected to boost grain-handling speed

Canadian grain export company G3 has added two more pieces to its state-of-the-art grain handling network in Western Canada. This week, the company announced the official opening of two new high-throughput elevators in Alberta. G3 Morinville, north of Edmonton, and G3 Carmangay, about 150 kilometres south of Calgary, will feature the same high-efficiency infrastructure as […] Read more

Frigid winter temperatures on the Prairies combined with rain-related loading delays on the West Coast are contributing to growing vessel lineups at Canada’s busiest marine port. | File photo

Concerns mount about grain flow

Frigid winter temperatures on the Prairies combined with rain-related loading delays on the West Coast are contributing to growing vessel lineups at Canada’s busiest marine port. As of early February, the number of ships waiting to be loaded with grain at the Port of Vancouver was around 30, according to Canada’s Grain Monitoring Program (GMP). […] Read more

The latest country elevators like this G3 terminal at Leader, Sask., with looped tracks, coupled with new high capacity hopper cars and longer trains, are designed to move more grain rapidly to port.  |  File photo

Shipping efficiency key goal

Faster, taller, shorter, longer, fewer and bigger. Those are the attributes of the future western Canadian grain logistics system, transportation system players told the Grain World conference. “The role of our primary elevator system has completely changed and has to focus on shifting velocity,” said Karl Gerrand, the president of G3 Canada. A number of […] Read more


The Crop Logistics Working Group, which comprises grain supply chain representatives, discusses challenges and offers recommendations to Ottawa to improve Canada’s grain handling system.  |  File photo

Retention of advisory group draws praise

The Crop Logistics Working Group allows industry players to discuss transportation issues without the politics, says official

An industry group that has been advising Ottawa on issues related to grain transportation since 2011 will remain in place for now. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced May 16 that the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) would be re-established for a fourth mandate. The CLWG consists of representatives from across the grain industry. It […] Read more

The Huxley elevator will be similar to GrainsConnect's other facilities, such as this one at Maymont, Sask., with state-of-the-art 35,000 tonne grain storage and the ability to load 134 rail cars in less than 14 hours. | GrainsConnect Canada photo

GrainsConnect announces new build at Huxley, Alta.

Grain handling company GrainsConnect Canada plans to build a high-throughput grain terminal in Huxley, Alta. It would be the company’s fourth high-throughput concrete grain terminal in Western Canada. GrainsConnect said June 1 that it will build at Huxley, about 120 kilometres northeast of Calgary. Similar to GrainsConnect’s other facilities, the Huxley terminal will have 35,000 […] Read more


A pair of prairie wheat organizations are offering up different views on how the Canadian grain handling system should treat American-grown wheat that is trucked across the international border and delivered to western Canadian elevators. | File photo

Wheat groups grapple with cross border sales issue

A pair of prairie wheat organizations are offering up different views on how the Canadian grain handling system should treat American-grown wheat that is trucked across the international border and delivered to western Canadian elevators. The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) urged Ottawa this week to launch public consultations before making any changes to […] Read more

Columbia Containers will spend approximately $26 million to build a new transloading facility on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. | Screencap via columbiacontainers.com

Columbia to expand West Coast transloading facilities

A west coast transloading and logistics company that specializes in containerized grain and pulse crops is rebuilding its facilities at the Port of Vancouver. Columbia Containers will spend approximately $26 million to build a new transloading facility on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. Construction started earlier this month and is scheduled for completion […] Read more

Tim Heney, chief executive officer at the Port of Thunder Bay, said the port welcomed its first vessel of the 2017 shipping season on March 24. | File photo

Thunder Bay shipping season starts early

Eastbound grain shipments through the Port of Thunder Bay are off to a good start in 2017, thanks to an early break-up of winter ice and ample grain stocks in storage at the port. Tim Heney, chief executive officer at the Port of Thunder Bay, said the port welcomed its first vessel of the 2017 […] Read more


Canada's G3 Global Holdings LP announced December 21, 2016 it will build a grain terminal at Port Metro Vancouver by 2020, increasing the flow of the country's wheat and canola to Asia and Latin America. | Screencap via www.g3.ca

G3 west coast terminal on track

Canadian grain companies continue to pour money into new or expanded export terminals at the Port of Vancouver. G3 Global Holdings, the parent company of G3 Canada Ltd., announced Dec. 21 that it will go ahead with plans to build a state-of-the-art grain export terminal in North Vancouver. Construction of G3 Terminal Vancouver will begin […] Read more

The Comtrax proposal is a departure from standard elevators like this. Farmers are being asked to invest in a commodity hub that would handle grain, oil, aggregate and fertilizer.  |  File photo

Commodity hub awaits decision

Comtrax Logistics Solutions hopes farmers will contribute to the feasibility study to get idea off the ground

MILESTONE, Sask. — They’ve made their pitch, and now proponents of a commodity hub near Weyburn, Sask., say it’s up to producers to decide if they will help build it. Comtrax Logistics Solutions held 11 public meetings in southeastern Saskatchewan to see what producers think of a grain handling facility combined with a 260-car loop […] Read more