Port Metro Vancouver launched its new Container Truck Efficiency Pilot Program, a six-month GPS-based  communications pi­l­ot program that will benefit port terminal operations, truckers and trucking companies. The system will help track and communicate important routing, operational and congestion information to vehicle operators on a real-time basis. It will provide timely traffic information, validation of turn time (gate in/gate out) and wait time at the terminal.

The 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.

 “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. “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 at 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.

“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, British Columbia 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.”

The port is inviting 300 volunteers from the local container drayage community 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 training, installation and use of GPS communications devices at no cost.