b'ly be avoided if rail car loading couldtheSouthernborderstateof Washing-be performed cost effectively on the portton with entry ports like Seattle, Tacoma, terminal property. Vancouver,Everettandothersmaller ports in Washington state, also do not Challenges for Project Own- haveanyestablishedhighwidecorri-ers dors for project cargos. With all these project cargo handlingRoutesfromanyoftheseports, limitations, how do project owners plancontinuedBeringer,requireextensive and budget for the movement of all theirbridge surveys and route surveys to be capital equipment from off-shore manu- completedandindividualpermitsap-facturing locations to final destination inplied for on each heavy-lift or over-di-the three main project destinations: BC,mensional cargo moving through those Alberta and Saskatchewan? The answerjurisdictions.Evidenceofaprevious is that they find it very challenging com- move of similar weight or size does not pared to other areas in the world, affirmswaive the requirement for going through Beringer. the whole bridge engineering and road survey process again for a new permit.ProjectownersburnthroughhugeIn conclusion, Beringer said: Overall, upfrontlogisticshourswithEPCs,there needs to be an initiative to improve Freight Forwarders, Asset Based Heavy- thebreak-bulkprojectcargohandling haul companies and Consultants to trycapabilitiesinWesternCanadasdeep and a) understand the cost componentswater sea ports if we want to encour-thatmakewesternCanadianportssoage project owners to invest in building expensive, and limited in their capabili- major projects in western Canada. The ties, and b) in finding any possible work- currentenvironmentofforeignfunded around solutions. protestgroupsoperatingagainstnew The Houston Factor developmentsinthefossilfuelenergy sector,thehighcostsanduncertainty Are there some current work-aroundofnewplannedconstructionprojects solutions?Here,Beringerisskeptical.due to excessive government permitting There are none that are cost effectiveand environmental impact studies, and andwouldeverbringcostsdowntoon top of all of that, the high costs and the level of Houston. Western Canadi- constraints of delivering break-bulk proj-an ports are quite simply put, both ex- ect cargos through to construction sites, pensiveinhandlingheavy-liftandoutplaces WesternCanadaintoadistinc-of gauge project cargos and difficult totive disadvantage over U.S. competitors, circumvent, outside of bringing projectparticularly in the Gulf states. Govern-cargos in from the Gulf on the well es- ment, private industry and the waterfront tablished high-wide road corridor up tounions need to work together to improve western Canada destinations. Somethingour ports in order to compete with our that currently does not exist on any high- southernneighborsinattractingnew way routes from the Great Lakes ports ofproject investments.Thunder Bay or Duluth and certainly not from any B.C. ports of entry. B.C. and 2019 Collection Breakbulk Shipping 29'