Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Port Metro Vancouver Launches Truck Efficiency Program

Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest, busiest port, says it’s launching a six-month pilot program to review the way it’s accessed by container trucks, in order to improve efficiency and reliability.

The port says its news Container Truck Efficiency Pilot Program, or CTEPP, builds on several initiatives already underway, including a review of how container trucks currently access the port, a new decal program and a terminal operator gate compliance initiative.

The system’s designed to track and communicate routing, operational and congestion information with vehicle operators on a real-time basis. The information is expected to help drivers avoid congestion and reduce terminal wait time, according to the port.

“Port operations must keep pace with improved technologies that will save time, track movements and improve communication,” Peter Xotta, the port’s vice president of planning and operations, said. “Thanks to the volunteers from the local container drayage community, we will be able to determine how this technology will have a meaningful, positive impact on daily business operations on the terminal and for the trucking community.”

The port is inviting 300 volunteers from the local container drayage community that already are listed in its truck licensing system to take part in the pilot program. Participation includes the training, installation and the use of GPS communication devices at no cost to truck owners or operators.

The CTEPP is being launched in anticipation of an expected surge in regional trade over the next decade. Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030.

“With an anticipated increase in container volumes and a looming driver shortage, we need to use every tool available to ensure port intermodal operations are as efficient as they can be,” Louise Yako, President and CEO of BC Trucking Association, which is participating in the project, said. “We’re encouraged to see Port Metro Vancouver working in consultation with the container drayage sector, which is a vital link in the Asia Pacific Gateway.”