Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Port Metro Vancouver Reveals Trucking Efficiency Plan

Port Metro Vancouver announced Feb. 21 that it has come up with what it calls the Smart Fleet trucking strategy, a three-year plan to improve the efficiency and reliability of the container truck sector and reinforce the supply chain.

Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. The port says the projected increase in Canadian international trade was the impetus for the planning, so as to meet future demand.

“In 2012, container traffic at Port Metro Vancouver reached a new record of 2.7 million TEUs and that number will continue to grow,” Robin Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement.

“Given that a large proportion of container traffic moves to and from the terminals by truck, improvements to reliability and efficiency are vital,” Sylvester said. “Smart Fleet sets out our action plan to ensure we are maximizing existing capacity and improving operational efficiencies as the Gateway grows to service our nation’s trade requirements.”

The key initiatives in the plan include expanded use of GPS communications to track the supply chain; the funding of research to identify technology-based solutions to improve sustainability; and the introduction of a Container Vessel On-time Incentive Program to encourage container vessel operators to arrive on schedule and thereby contribute to overall supply chain consistency.

The port is also conducting a review of truck licensing system that it expects will lead to enhanced performance, safety and environmental standards.

British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak said that the provincial government’s investing $300,000 toward installing 700 GPS units in trucks calling at the port to support the new ‘Smart Fleet’ trucking strategy.

“Data collected from these GPS units will provide valuable information to improve truck routing and improve terminal operations, helping our trucking sector improve its competitiveness while also reducing greenhouse emissions and making the port greener and more efficient,” she said.