b'1.12 Red flag raised onCanadas west coast port breakbulk capabilitiesJan-Ludwig Beringer, CEO of Rohde & Liesenfeld Canada Inc., says Canadas west coast ports ar-ent up to the task of handling project cargos.A veteran project forwarder based in Calgary, in the heartLeo Ryan, AJOTof western Canadas energy industry that in the past yearThis article was originally has been crippled by the severe downturn in world oil mar- published on March 11, 2019 in issue #684kets, Jan-Ludwig Beringer is well known among his peers for his sense of humourbut also for not mincing words when assessing difficult situations. This was borne out in a recent interview combined with emailed comments.Its time to call a spade a spade, said the president and CEO of Rohde & Liesenfeld Canada Inc. since 2001. The environment for new projects in western Canada has hit a low point, and the inefficiencies of our ports in handling project cargos is part of that equation.In recent years, he said, railways and terminal operators[image 1.12-1] - previous pageFraser Surrey Docks at thehave notably invested large sums for handling bulk com- Port of Vancouvermodities in west coast ports. For breakbulk cargo, Beringer qualifies things as a disaster.Major projects like LNG terminals, propane terminals, petrochemicalplants,polyethyleneplantsor WindEner-gy parks being planned or being built in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, are all negatively impacted by inadequate, costly and unpredictable project cargo break-bulk handling capabilities in Canadas west coast ports.The six deep-water project break-bulk terminals on the west coast, Fraser Surrey Docks, Lynnterm (in Port of Van-couver), Squamish, Prince Rupert and Stewart World Port, ranging in geographical locations from the mouth of the Fraser river to the BC Pacific border with Alaska, all lack proper break-bulk handling capabilities and capacity, ac-2019 Collection Breakbulk Shipping 27'