Thursday, October 2, 2014

Metro Vancouver Incentive Program Wins Award

By Mark Edward Nero

Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest seaport, has won an award for its “Container Vessel On Time Performance Incentive Program,” which rewards container vessel operators that arrive within eight hours of their berth window start.

The incentive program took home the “Forwarders Celebrating Associates” award for Excellence in Innovation on Sept. 26 during the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association’s annual awards program, which this year focused on industry’s contribution to the marine community.

Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Vessel On Time Performance Incentive Program, through a combination of transparency reporting and wharfage reductions, recognizes container vessel operators that arrive within eight hours of their berth window start, which contributes to overall supply chain consistency. In 2013, the program resulted in a ten-percent increase in vessel on time performance on aggregate, according to the port.

In 2013, five shipping lines achieved an on-time performance of more than 85 percent of their annual Metro Vancouver vessel calls: APL, CMA CGM, Maersk Line, Mitsui OSK Line and OOCL. The Vessel On Time program paid out $2.8 million in wharfage reductions to ten qualifying carriers in 2013.

“The noticeable increase in operational efficiency speaks to the success of the program and the willingness of our carriers to cooperate with other supply chain partners and service providers,” Peter Xotta, Port Metro Vancouver’s vice president of planning and operations said. “This award belongs to all of us.”