Port Metro Vancouver launches six-month GPS communication pilot program that aims to benefit port terminal operations, truckers and trucking companies; container traffic through port expected to double over next 10 to 15 years, nearly triple by 2030

VANCOUVER, British Columbia , February 13, 2012 (press release) – New GPS communication units aimed at improved outcomes

Port Metro Vancouver businesses move more than $200 million of cargo every day, and efficient operations are a key to continued success at Canada’s largest gateway. The new Container Truck Efficiency Pilot Program is a six-month GPS communication pilot program that will benefit Port terminal operations, truckers and trucking companies.

As part of the Port’s ongoing efforts to work in collaboration with industry partners to improve efficiency and reliability, this new pilot program builds on several initiatives already underway, including a review of how container trucks currently access the Port, a new decal program and the terminal operator gate compliance initiative.

An efficient and reliable supply chain is an important part of Canada’s economy. The local container drayage truck sector represents a key part of Port Metro Vancouver terminal operations.

“Port operations must keep pace with improved technologies that will save time, track movements and improve communication,” said Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Port Metro Vancouver. “This is an exciting new program. 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.”

Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. This projected increase in Canadian international trade necessitates planning now to meet future demand.

“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”, said Louise Yako, President and CEO, BC Trucking Association. “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.”

We are inviting 300 volunteers from the local container drayage community, currently with an Approved Licence or Permit in Port Metro Vancouver’s Truck Licensing System (TLS), to participate in the six-month pilot program, which will include the training, installation and the use of GPS communication devices at no cost.

Benefits of the Container Truck Efficiency Pilot Program:

The system will help track and communicate important routing, operational and congestion information with vehicle operators on a real-time basis
There is no cost to participate in the pilot program
Timely traffic information will help avoid congestion i.e. incident management
Validation of turn time (gate in/gate out) and wait time at the terminal

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