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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Container volume at Port Metro Vancouver up 8 percent

Port Metro Vancouver had record container traffic in 2012, up 8 percent year over year, moving a total of 2.7 million TEUs.

Three years ago, lack of cooperation between the railroads and terminal operators led to the Vancouver port writing a letter to Transport Canada, their federal transportation agency, cautioning them about the delays in cargo movement. Relations between the stakeholders soon improved.

Further performance enhancement is largely due to an eight-year labor contract between longshoremen and terminal employers, penned nearly two years ago, which virtually ended the risk of port shutdowns.

"It's a really pleasing story," said Robin Silvester, port president and CEO. "To the credit of both railways and all the terminals, the working relationships we're seeing there have effectively taken two days out of the time it takes to get a container to Toronto, Montreal, Chicago from the ship arriving in Vancouver."

For more of the Vancouver Sun story: vancouversun.com/business


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