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Port Metro Vancouver Announces Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy

Mar 26, 2013 - 6 years ago

By Supply Post

Port Metro Vancouver is pleased to announce the results of its extensive industry and stakeholder engagement with the container truck sector, with the introduction of the Smart Fleet trucking strategy.

Smart Fleet sets forward a three-year action plan to improve the efficiency and reliability of the container truck sector and reinforce the Port’s ongoing collaboration with supply chain partners to deliver supply chain excellence.

“In 2012, container traffic at Port Metro Vancouver reached a new record of 2.7 million TEUs and that number will continue to grow,” said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver. “Given that a large proportion of container traffic moves to and from the terminals by truck, improvements to reliability and efficiency are vital. 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.”

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.

“Our Government is investing in the ‘Smart Fleet’ initiative in order to promote job creation, economic growth and longterm prosperity for all Canadians,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “The expanded use of GPS technology will improve supply chain efficiency and help Canadian exports grow in dynamic and fastgrowing markets overseas. By providing accurate, real-time traffic and routing information, this technology will reduce congestion around the port and ensure Canada’s world-class exports get to where they are in demand all over the world.”

Port Metro Vancouver businesses move more than $200 million of cargo every day and efficient operations are a key to continued success.

“Our government is investing $300,000 towards installing 700 GPS units in trucks calling at the port to support Port Metro Vancouver’s new “Smart Fleet” trucking strategy,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak. “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.”

“On behalf of Port Metro Vancouver, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the container truck sector as we have worked together to shape our new strategy,” said Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Port Metro Vancouver. “Smart Fleet is the result of a year-long collaboration aimed at demonstrating this Gateway as a world leader in supply chain excellence. Change is underway and we are seeing better outcomes for customers, container terminals and port service providers. We look forward to sharing more detail about each of the program areas in the coming months.”

Smart Fleet Key Initiatives:

• The expanded use of GPS communications to track supply chain excellence will move forward in 2013.
• Port Metro Vancouver, industry and government are jointly funding research, through the Clean Transportation Initiative, to identify technologybased solutions to improve sustainability.
• The Container Drayage Leadership Team (CDLT) provides a forum for terminal operators and industry leaders to work openly to solve drayage challenges.
• The Port has introduced a Container Vessel On-time Incentive Program to encourage container vessel operators to arrive on schedule and thereby contribute to overall supply chain consistency.
• A Truck Licensing System (TLS) review that will lead to enhanced performance, safety and environmental standards.
• Container capacity improvement projects continue with the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project and the South Shore Corridor Project.

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