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 From our friends at the Freight Management Association of Canada:


The 2016 Supply Chain Executive of the Year Award goes to...


NEWS RELEASE: November 7, 2016

Ottawa, ON: The Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA) is pleased to announce that Jaime DeKelver, CCLP, Vice President of Logistics for NSC Minerals, has been chosen as the 2016 Supply Chain Executive of the Year.

Ms. DeKelver has helped build and maintain strong relationships within the transportation industry for NSC Minerals and it is through many of those relationships that the company has been able to grow and provide customers exceptional customer service. In granting the award, FMA’s Board of Directors were impressed by DeKelver’s commitment to the industry and involvement in the community. This is evident in her current level of volunteerism within Saskatchewan’s transportation groups. DeKelver established NSC’s ‘Carrier Appreciation Days’, which coincides annually with Transportation Week and allows NSC to give back to the drivers picking up loads at its facilities. “This event would not be possible without her involvement”, said Neil Cameron, President of NSC Minerals.  Further, DeKelver initiated NSC’s involvement with many charitable organizations such as 18 Wheels of Christmas, Movember and also coordinated corporate donations for those affected by the wild fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

In the Fall of 2015, DeKelver took on the daunting task of Project Coordinator on a company-wide supply chain software upgrade.  Drawing on her years of experience in the industry, her thorough knowledge of supply chain management, and her ability to inspire teamwork across all divisions at NSC, Jaime brought the vision for an operating system to fruition when the system went live in the Fall of 2015.

“Jaime’s achievements on the job and in the community are outstanding and she is a worthy recipient of the Supply Chain Executive of the Year award” said Bob Ballantyne, President FMA. “She is one of the key organizers for the FMA Saskatchewan Region’s annual event in Prince Albert National Park, which is now in its 60th year and it is a pleasure to work with her and her Saskatchewan colleagues on this event each year”.  

During the recent award presentation at the CITT Canada Logistics Conference in Saint John, New Brunswick, Jaime encouraged fellow attendees to never stop learning and growing and to “get involved and volunteer.  Volunteer for whatever you are passionate about – whether it is within your community, or your industry, just give your time.” She promised that the rewards are great and long lasting.

The Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA), The National Voice of the Shipper, promotes policies and legislation through advocacy focusing specifically on freight transportation issues. FMA represents the interests of the Canadian shipper community to help achieve positive change that will directly affect a company’s bottom line. The primary role is advocacy on behalf of the buyers of freight transportation with all levels of government, carrier groups and with foreign governments and agencies.


The FRA Announces New Regulations For Rail Inspections

Please see the below News Release from the Federal Railroad Administration:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced new regulations governing rail inspections that will help identify rail flaws and further eliminate the risk of derailments. The new regulations require performance based inspections, a process designed to minimize rail defects that will generally result in an increase in tests performed over a designated area of track.

“Safety is our highest priority, and this new rule will make rail transportation even safer for everything from passengers and rail employees to crude oil and other freight shipments,” said Secretary Foxx.

The final rule published in today’s Federal Register strengthens existing Federal Track Safety Standards by:

  • Requiring the use of performance-based rail inspection methods that focus on maintaining low rail failure rates per mile of track and generally results in more frequent testing;
  • Providing a four-hour period to verify that certain less serious suspected defects exist in a rail section once track owners learn that the rail contains an indication of those defects;
  • Requiring that rail inspectors are properly qualified to operate rail flaw detection equipment and interpret test results; and
  • Establishing an annual maximum allowable rate of rail defects and rail failures between inspections for each designated inspection segment of track.

The Federal Track Safety Standards require railroads to regularly inspect track conditions, and to also conduct separate rail inspections with specially equipped hi-rail motor vehicles that operate over rail tracks. This equipment employs ultrasonic technology to identify internal rail defects that could potentially lead to an accident. Data is collected in real-time.

The current rail inspection standards include a maximum number of days and tonnage that can be hauled over a stretch of track between tests. The new regulations establish internal rail flaw defect standards for each railroad while the technology used will continue to drive down the number of known rail defects over time.

“Our goal is to drive continuous safety improvement and further reduce the risk of broken rails and derailments,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo. “While track-caused accidents have declined by 40 percent over the past decade, these new standards will better advance the use of technology and achieve the next generation of safety.”

The final rule implements Section 403(b) of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA). FRA has now completed 30 of the approximately 42 RSIA-mandated final rules, guidance documents, model state laws, studies, and reports. Today’s final rule also builds upon decades of FRA-sponsored research focused on enhancing rail integrity, and addresses recommendations by both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

The final rule can be viewed here.

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