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September 8, 2008
Maersk Product Tankers, a unit of shipping firm A.P. Møller-Maersk (Copenhagen), has made a SK3.62-billion ($564 million) bid to buy tanker operator Broström (Gothenburg...
August 26, 2008
ACC, the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington), and other groups joined together recently to file a petition asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) to authorize...
August 22, 2008
Consumers United for Rail Equity (Cure; Washington), a coalition of freight rail shipper groups including chemical and ethanol producers, are calling on Congress to pass railroad...
August 11, 2008
Borouge (Abu Dhabi), a petrochemicals joint venture in which Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. holds 60% and Borealis 40%, says it has awarded a $220-million service contract to Agility (Abu...
July 1, 2008
The upper Mississippi River flood zone continues to cause shipment delays and force some carriers to declare force majeure or embargo traffic. Railroads and barge operators say that...
June 24, 2008
The upper Mississippi River flood zone, created by storms and severe weather that started in May, continues to cause shipment delays and force some carriers  to declare force...
June 3, 2008
Rail shipper group Consumers United for Rail Equity (Cure; Washington) says it has asked the Senate to reject the Bush Administration’s recent nomination of Husein Cumber as a...
May 6, 2008
The rail industry’s common carrier obligation is not absolute and consideration of what is a “reasonable” shipper request should take into account the...
May 6, 2008
Supply of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in Europe is expected to increase by more than 330,000 m.t. between 2007 and 2010, according to a recently released report by consulting firm Harriman...
April 29, 2008
Rail shippers urged lawmakers last week to pass legislation that would increase competition in the rail sector and government oversight of railroad practices. “Rail customers...
April 28, 2008
Rail shippers stressed a critical need to retain railroads’ legal obligation to carry chlorine and other hazardous materials, at a Surface Transportation Board (STB; Washington)...
April 25, 2008
The rail and chemical industries remain at odds over the interpretation of the rail industry's common carrier obligation. The Surface Transportation Board is holding hearings to explore the issue....
April 23, 2008
Major railroads, rail shippers, several U.S. state governments and lawmakers, and other interested parties are lining up to testify at the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB; Washington) two-day hearing that starts Thursday on the obligation of railroads to carry chlorine and other hazmats....
April 18, 2008
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued its long-awaited interim final rule calling for railroads carrying chlorine, anhydrous ammonia, and other poison by inhalation (PIH)...
April 8, 2008
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA; Washington) has introduced its long-awaited proposal to improve the “crashworthiness protection” of tank cars carrying poison by...
April 2, 2008
The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD; Alexandria, VA) says that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
April 2, 2008
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has sued five major U.S. railroads charging them with fixing fuel surcharges. The suit alleges that the defendants—BNSF, CSX Transportation, Kansas...
March 31, 2008
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA; Washington) has introduced its long-awaited proposal to improve the integrity of tank cars carrying poison by inhalation (PIH) materials, a...
March 25, 2008
The Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington) told a House panel last week that the chemical industry should be required to use inherently safer technologies (ISTs) wherever...
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