VANCOUVER, B.C. – CN and Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI) say that the backlog of import containers at Deltaport terminal has been cleared and that the two companies have forged an improved working relationship. They note a combination of factors, including severe winter weather in western Canada and an unexpected surge in container imports early in the New Year, caused congestion at Deltaport.
In response, CN says it added more car capacity and there was a temporary 25 per cent reduction in vessel discharges at the terminal, pending clearance of the backlog.
“We believe it’s important that our customers and wider Port of Vancouver constituency know that Deltaport today is fluid and operating at normal levels. In tackling a series of challenges this winter, TSI and CN concluded that a better relationship should help the two parties successfully manage increased flows of container traffic through the terminal, now and in the future," says Morley Strachan, TSI’s vice-president, business development and strategic planning.
“We now have a four-week rolling forecast of expected import traffic to Deltaport that will allow all stakeholders to anticipate incoming container volumes. There is also a new working committee, with representatives from CN – which chairs it – TSI and the steamship community, that will give terminal players an important forum in which to address current and emerging issues," says Paul Waite, vice-president, IMX (Intermodal Excellence), for CN.
In March, TSI announced a series of initiatives to improve the efficiency and capacity of Deltaport and Vanterm terminals, including the investment in new cranes, rubber tired gantries, support equipment and expansions.
Earlier this year, CN introduced its IMX Reservation System for export container traffic destined to Vancouver from CN terminals in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg. The new system aims to provide a more consistent supply of cars to Vancouver terminals, says the company.
“CN believes strongly in taking a collaborative approach in the market place. We think that by working together better, the railways, ports and steamship companies could effectively increase capacity of the intermodal system by 15 per cent to 20 per cent – and reduce costs," says Waite.
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