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"Callsign Connie: 44 Tragic Days" - July 2008

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"Where The Trade Winds Blew" - Oct. 2006

"Maersk Montevideo Melee!" - M/V Leda Maersk - Oct. 2006

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"Vine Ripened Tires" - M/V Saga Spray -- May 2006 -- Amazing !

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"General Motor Increases Training"

On The Scene At The General Motors Assembley Plant, Oshawa, Canada

October 29 2009 March 28 2006


Oshwa Assembly Plant - In Better Days

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: October 29 2009 March 28 2006

The Time: Morning

The Place: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

 It is A Normal Day At The General Motors Truck Assembly Plant At Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Editor Note - The Wrong Date
This photo feature began with timely news of an Oct. 29 2009 incident about the the General Motors Truck Assembly Plant At Oshawa -- which General Motors was not wanting you to see.

While the facts of this incident remain true, we now know the actual incident day was March 26 2006.

General Motors still prefers you not see these photos -- but the General Motors Truck Assembly Plant At Oshawa closed last year.

Even though this feature was found to be a couple of years old -- we decided to show it to you -- for reasons which will become evident.

It's all about protecting cargo. The dangers often proceed actual transit. There are threats at the factory door.

Michael McDaniel

GM Canada Has It's Loading Facilities For The Canadian National Railroad (CN)

The Canadian National Railway
The Canadian National Railway is a Canadian Class I railway operated by the Canadian National Railway Company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec.

CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia.

New GM Cars & Trucks Are Loaded Here

But Note -- These Car Carriers Seem To Be Missing Something

No Tracks!

A Set of Car Haulers Was Unhooked -- Without The Brakes Set.

The Yard Is Inclined ......

....... So The Car Haulers Rolled Down The Hill ......

.......Through A Fence -- And To A GM Parking Area.

The "Stop Block" Did Not Live Up To It's Name

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For resons outlined below, General Motors was not eager to make the details of this event public.

The photographer will remain anonymous, but here is his description at the time:

".......It happened on the Sleepy rail. CPR is known by us at CN as Sleepy R. It happened March 28/06. I had looked at the carnage and just left for Belleville for my staff's 3000 day Safety presentation and was called back to take pictures for the boss.

"Train crew 'bottled their air'. It means they closed the anglecocks on both ends of their cut of cars. A cardinal sin. With the air trapped in the brake pipe the brakes can release.

"Sleepy R has since put in measures to prevent a recurrence including installing a de-rail so run away cars will derail before they hit the GM yard."


Parking Seems Tight For These Chevy Pickups

Perhaps Parking Has Become Too Tight

The Scene Reminds of A Cattle Herd

The Pickup Trucks Appear Herded Toward Cattle Cars

The Herd Mentality Is Damaging!

A Stray Impala Has Joined The Herd

Along The Car Hauler Trail

These Pickup Trucks Are Victims of Improper "Training"

Still Has That New Car Smell

"Training" Is Tough On The Product

This Pickup Is Just As Long As Beffore ......

...... But The Pickup Is No Longer As Wide.

"Training" -- Only The Train Wins

 Estimated "Training" Losses:

1. Over 300 Vehicles Damaged

2. Over US$300M In Damages

Cargo Insurance:

The cargo in this feature was damaged after leaving the factory door, prior to being loaded aboard the conveyance (ie, train, ship or aircraft).

Would cargo insurance normally provide coverage before transit commenced?

Yes, most cargo policies are written to provide coverage on the basis of "Warehouse To Warehouse." In othere words, from door to door.

Where these GM trucks are concerned the issue would likely be more complex if the new vehicle parking area was for storeage, not transit. We would expect the issue to be spelled out in the special cargo policy covering these GM products.

Workers At GM Canada Protest Announced Closure of Oshawa Plant -- June 26 2008

Shippers Must Have Quality Marine Cargo Insurance ........ Because......... "Ship Happens! ©"

To Repeat -- No Matter How Careful You Are -- Or Who You Hire ....... "Ship Happens! ©"

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The CN Rail and the GM Oshawa families.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.

INDEX TO OUR "General Motor Increases Training" PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:

Important Links To Our Feature:
CN Rail

Generall Motors Oshawa Plants

Oshawa Car Assembly

Oshawa Truck Assembly

Our Daily Vessel Casualties - stay informed

"Singles Only" - visit our individual moments of transport crisis for more.

The Greatest Container Losses Of All Time - these are the grand fathers -

M/V OOCL America

M/V APL China

M/V APL Panama - The EPIC

"Great Misfortune"- M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. 

It's very dangerous out there.

Thanks To Our Contributors For The "General Motor Increases Training" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature is greatly appreciated:
Michael Emm - CEO, EBC Group, Whitby, Ontario L1N 4P2
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EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

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