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SOURCE Transport Canada
Follows through on Joint Action Plan to support an enhanced common
reservation system at Port Metro Vancouver
VANCOUVER, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is
contributing $3 million to reduce trucker wait times by using new
technologies to better link operations across Port Metro Vancouver's
The Common Data Interface (CDI) project will help to better coordinate
and schedule container truck movements by providing the technological
collect data on gate and terminal activities, which will help to
coordinate multi-shift operations, especially necessary now given the
terminal's recently announced extended hours pilot;
develop an enhanced common reservation system (i.e. a centralized
appointment scheduler for container trucks), which will reduce wait
times and enhance efficiency of truck movements; and
measure operational performance and enforcement through the collection
of location data (via GPS technology), which will help the port develop
and enforce appropriate standards.
The project, which costs approximately $6 million, will receive $3
million over two years under Transport Canada's Clean Transportation
Initiative on Port-Related Trucking, with the port contributing the
The implementation of the CDI project was a commitment under the Joint
Action Plan with the Province of British Columbia, the port and other
partners, developed to bring stability to the container trucking
industry at Port Metro Vancouver. Today's announcement meets this
commitment and is expected to allow significant parts of the enhanced
common reservation system to be in place before next year.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest port. In 2013, the port handled
a record 135 million tonnes of cargo, an overall increase of nine per
cent over 2012.
Approximately 2,000 Port Metro Vancouver licensed trucks serve the port,
moving containers throughout the Lower Mainland.
The local trucking industry moves approximately 1.3 million TEUs* per
year through Port Metro Vancouver. Based on 2011 economic impact study
figures, the value of those goods is approximately $46 billion or
roughly $885 million per week.
"This federal funding demonstrates this government's ongoing commitment
to maintain long-term stability at Port Metro Vancouver. This project,
and all the measures we've taken under the Joint Action Plan, is
helping to ensure the reliability of Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and
the economic well-being of Canada as a whole."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport
*The twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) is a standard unit for describing
a ship's cargo carrying capacity, or a shipping terminal's cargo
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