Posts Tagged ‘chemical shippers’

Chemical Shippers See No Meaningful Improvements in Rail Freight Service

August 17, 2022

The American Chemistry Council last week said that efforts by Class 1 railroads to improve their freight service have yet to yield any “meaningful service improvements.”

The trade group said it reached that conclusion after surveying its members. It shared results of that survey with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

Nearly half of the respondents (46 percent) said that during July “rail delays/service challenges had gotten worse since the fourth quarter of 2021.”

Just 7 percent of respondents said service has improved. When the ACC asked the same question of its members in March, 39 percent said service has worsened.

In the most recent survey, 90 percent of respondents said they had experienced “longer transit times for rail service” while 66 percent reported having experienced missed switches, 64 percent said they had experienced reduced service days, 59 percent said they had incurred increased demurrage charges and 59 percent said they had seen increased rates.

64 CSX Shippers Receive Chemical Safety Award

May 30, 2018

Sixty-four CSX shippers were honored by the carrier for their commitment to the safe transportation of hazardous materials by receiving the railroad’s annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award.

CSX singled out two shippers who successfully reached 10 consecutive years of Safety Excellence:

They are part of a select group of customers with impressive safety records, including Azko Nobel Chemicals Inc. (14 years) and Kemira (16 years).

Shippers with five or more years of Safety Excellence improved upon their safety records in 2017, including  Cargill (9 years), Celanese (6 years), CHS (7 years), ExxonMobil Chemicals Co. (6 years), Linde LLC (6 years) and SABIC Americas Inc. (9 years).

Additional honorees for 2017 include: Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Americas Styrenics LLC; Arkema Inc.; Arlanxeo Canada Inc.; Ascend Performance Materials; Ashta Chemicals Inc.; BASF Corp.; Blue Cube Operations LLC; BP Products North America Inc.; Cardinal Ethanol LLC; CF Industries; Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.; Chevron Corporation; Covestro LLC; Crestwood Services LLC; DAK Americas LLC; Delaware City Refinery LLC; Dominion Transmission Inc.; Dow Chemicals; Granite Falls Energy LLC; Iroquois Bio Energy; U.S. Ecology; Gibson Energy; Green Plains Renewable Energy; Hess Corp.; Huntsman International LLC; Husky Energy; INEOS Styrolution America LLC; Ingredion Inc.; International Chemical Co.; INVISTA; Kinder Morgan; Koppers; Kraton; Lyondell Bassell; Marathon Petroleum Corporation; Mosaic Company; Nan Ya Plastics Corp.; NGL Energy Partners LLC; NorFalco LLC; NOVA Chemicals Inc.; Pacific Ethanol Pekin Inc.; Pembina Pipeline Corporation; Philadelphia Energy Solutions; Phillips 66 Co.; RPMG, Inc.; SABIC Innovative Plastics; Shintech; Louisiana LLC; Southern States Chemical; Bunge North America; Stepan Co.; The Chemours Company FC LLC; The United States government, and Valero Marketing & Supply Co.

NS Gets Chemical Shippers Award

May 2, 2018

Norfolk Southern has been awarded the Responsible Care® Partner of the Year Award for Class 1 railroads by the American Chemistry Council.

In a news release, the carrier said the award was for an exemplary performance and safety record in transporting chemicals.

NS was one of the three companies and the only freight railroad to receive the award, which is given to companies involved in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment, disposal, and sales and marketing of chemicals.

Since 1996, NS has participated in the voluntary Responsible Care Partner program, which is the chemical industry’s environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative.

As a program participant, NS must achieve third-party certification of its business management systems every three years, which includes reviews of the railroad’s safety, environmental stewardship and security.

“Our partnership with the council and its member shippers represents a strong commitment across business sectors to ensure the safety and security of our employees, communities and environment while delivering the quality service that our customers expect,” said NS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Wheeler in a statement.