The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority works with supply chain partners and port stakeholders to build future capacity through increased efficiency. The port authority’s emphasis on data visibility and transparency, as well as efficiency improvements aimed at optimizing land and marine operations across the supply chain, help improve overall supply chain performance.
Collecting, analyzing and reporting on data allows the port authority to assess how well the gateway is operating. Early warning indicators derived from reporting can help initiate discussions and support major capital decisions and future planning. Leveraging supply chain data can help optimize the Vancouver-area gateway’s existing infrastructure. Customers and users also benefit from several real-time monitoring programs and digital platforms to help keep them informed and enable them to anticipate, plan and respond effectively to operational matters. (more…)
Mandated to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is continuing to build on a successful legacy of collaborative infrastructure funding. With its long-term strategy in mind, the port authority works collaboratively with government and industry to fund and deliver trade-enabling infrastructure projects to position the Vancouver gateway for the future.
Between 2009 and 2025, more than $17 billion will be invested in transportation and terminal infrastructure in the Vancouver region, more than double that of the recent Panama Canal upgrades. Working closely with industry and government, approximately $7.5 billion has already been invested to-date in port infrastructure to support port activities, a strong signal indicating confidence in the continued growth in Canadian trade. (more…)
Overall cargo volume through the Port of Vancouver reached a record high of 142.1 million metric tonnes (MT) in 2017, up five per cent from 2016. Cargo diversity and strength of the Canadian economy provided a boost to annual volumes. Sectors experiencing strong growth included containers and bulk grain, both of which hit new records in 2017.
“The record year for cargo movement and healthy growth across the port reflects the strength of the Canadian economy in 2017, as well as the Port of Vancouver’s ability to accommodate the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. (more…)
By Ian Putzger
Panalpina is looking to play a leading role in international e-commerce logistics. The European logistics behemoth claims to have an edge over its competitors on flows between Asia and Europe that results in a solid reduction in transit times. Panalpina has tackled one of the major lanes for international e-commerce, the sector between southern China and Europe, through improved clearance conditions in Hong Kong and Amsterdam. According to Lucas Kuehner, global head of air freight, the ability to perform bulk customs clearance in both locations sets his company apart from the competition. (more…)
By Ian Putzger
Aeronaves TSM, the aviation arm of Mexican expedited trucking firm Grupo TSM, is turning into the largest operator of Bombardier CRJ200 freighters in North America, if not the world, according to Grupo TSM President Hugh Cutler.
The carrier is poised to receive its sixth CRJ200F in October, with more likely to follow. (more…)
By Ian Putzger
The much-discussed lack of maindeck capacity in air cargo has given a new lease of life to aging freighters that seemed headed for oblivion. However, not every viable cargo plane is being rushed back into action.
Amid a growing shortage of widebody freighters, one aircraft type seems to attract little interest: while operators and forwarders alike lament the lack of large freighters – especially B747s, and passenger 747-400s are a target for conversion into all-cargo configuration – nobody seems to be in a hurry to snap up A330-200Fs. Witness Etihad’s five-strong A330-200F fleet that has been parked since January; nobody has stepped forward so far with an offer the cash-strapped Middle East carrier can’t refuse. (more…)
By Ian Putzger in Toronto
Canada’s Pacific port of Prince Rupert is looking to stay ahead of the demand curve to avoid a repeat of the problems that bogged down container flows last winter. It has officially kicked off the next phase of the expansion of its Fairview container terminal, which will take port capacity to 1.8 million TEUs, a 33 per cent increase from its current capabilities.
The project is due for completion in 2022 and will expand the container yard from 32ha to 41ha and add three gantry cranes, two rubber-tired units and an eighth dock gantry crane. Additional container storage space will be created by the relocation of the buildings that house maintenance and administration. (more…)
By Mike Wackett
Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming has signed long-term charter agreements for five 11,000 TEU and five 12,000 TEU newbuild ships for delivery between 2020 and 2021.
The carrier said the new eco-friendly ships were part of its “ongoing fleet renewal programme”, replacing older vessels with higher fuel consumption. It currently operates a fleet of 103 containerships, with a capacity of 632,000 TEUs. It charters 63 vessels and is ranked seventh in the carrier league table. (more…)
By Mike Wackett
Alphaliner’s bellwether containership idle tonnage data has recorded a big spike in vessels being consigned to lay-up, shifting the supply-demand balance back in favour of the charterer. The consultant said the capacity of the idle tonnage fleet had risen to 341,000 TEUs by the end of July, representing 1.6 per cent of the total global cellular fleet.
This is a worrying increase for shipowners, not least because this has happened in the middle of the peak season. Indeed, with the slack season not normally expected until October, Alphaliner said the amount of unemployed tonnage could reach 750,000 TEUs, or more, by the end of the year. (more…)
To realize its vision of becoming “the world’s most sustainable port,” the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority continues to collaborate with industry to maintain a healthy environment. The port authority has a number of programs and strategies in place, including those that encourage and incentivize vessel and terminal operators, as well as other port users, to reduce air and noise emissions and to conserve electricity. Consistent industry participation in these initiatives serves as an example of collaborative leadership contributing to a more sustainable port. (more…)
Port of Valleyfield received a commitment of a grant of almost $3.5 million grant from the government of Québec under its Support Program for Marine Transportation Infrastructure Investments.
The Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Regulatory Reduction and Regional Economic Development, Stéphane Billette, who is also the MNA for Huntingdon, made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Sustainable Development, Electrification of Transport, Mr. André Fortin. The total cost of this project is estimated at $ 7,251,780. (more…)
Ocean Dredging DS signed its first long-term suction dredging contract with Empressa Generadora de Electricidad Itabo of the Dominican Republic. This multiyear agreement signed in the presence of the Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Shauna Hemingway, supports Ocean’s development plan and its latest steps in the Caribbean.
“The government of Canada is committed to advocating responsible business practices that promote inclusive economic benefits for both the host country and Canada. As such, it expects and encourages all Canadian companies, of any size and in all sectors, to respect all applicable laws, to meet or even exceed international standards, to operate transparently and to conduct their activities in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner “said the Ambassador.
The maintenance work to be carried out annually with the crews of the dredge Ocean Traverse Nord will facilitate access to the port and ensure safety of the vessels. This will help support and sustain the economic growth of the country, the ports being a key element of international commerce.
“In recent years, we have continued to increase our presence in the Caribbean through our service offering and the renewed confidence of our customers. The signing of this agreement with Empressa Generadora de Electricidad Itabo, with which we have been doing business for several years, reinforces this approach. At Ocean, we build our relationships in order to be a trusted partner for all our customers, “said François Lessard, General Manager, Marine Works and Dredging.
Ocean’s local partner in the Dominican Republic is E&M International Consulting.