Pipeline protests cripple rail and port operations across Canada

Supply chains have come under pressure in Canada after three weeks of demonstrations against a proposed pipeline. Operations at ports and rail lines in Quebec remain troubled.

Hapag-Lloyd said this week that the blockades of key rail track and port infrastructure facilities throughout Canada were continuing, but that CP Rail tracks remained comparatively clear and the port of Prince Rupert was now clear, with recovery underway.

“The blockade in Ontario remains in place, and CN’s Eastern Canadian network is more or less shut down. A limited number of trains are operating in the Halifax/Montreal corridor. Various options to move /divert cargo out of Halifax are being explored,” Hapag-Lloyd reported.

The protests were led by indigenous communities angry at a planned gas pipeline that had been proposed for northern British Columbia.

The port of Vancouver has reported the demonstrations have led to a growing ship backlog, with 48 vessels at its anchorage earlier this week.

On the Atlantic side of the country, the port of Montreal has warned it might have to suspend operations as containers pile up due to the rail blockades.