Today, gas was selling at $1.53 per litre in Montreal, a price that was unfathomable only a few months ago. These rocketing fuel costs have certainly led many of us to reevaluate how we travel — our speed, our vehicles and our access to public transportation. I’m glad to have a seat in a car pool with some of my coworkers, and I know many others are parking their vehicles and opting for a bus pass. Transportation accounts for a growing portion of our monthly household expenses, and we’re seeking ways to keep those costs down.
The same rings true for our operations, where transportation costs can be formidable challenges to a healthy balance sheet. The remote locations of many sites, combined with infrastructure needs, the bulk size of our supplies and commodities to be moved, and never forgetting the mounting fuel costs, result in transportation amounting to a major part of any business plan. Companies are continuously working with suppliers to find ways to ease the transportation of their supplies, people and products, while keeping an eye on the bottom line.
This issue of CIM Magazine includes a feature section focused on transportation in our industry. This series of articles highlights the challenges faced and some of the insightful solutions at operations in Canada and around the globe. It’s an engineering and planning conundrum that will remain a key focus for our industry and is sure to drive innovation well into the future.
In the meantime, I think I’ll go shopping for a bicycle, while awaiting the day that getting from A to B is as easy as saying “Beam me up, Scotty!”