Inside Logistics

Feds to fund data project at Port Vancouver

New program to help create gate reservation system


June 16, 2014
by MM&D Online Staff

Government of Canada announces funding to improve trucking efficiency at Canada’s busiest port
Follows through on Joint Action Plan to support an enhanced common reservation system at Port Metro Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC—The federal government is contributing $3 million to reduce trucker wait times by using new technologies to better link operations across Port Metro Vancouver’s four terminals.

The Common Data Interface (CDI) project will help to better coordinate and schedule container truck movements by providing the technological capabilities to:

  • collect data on gate and terminal activities, which will help to coordinate multi-shift operations, especially necessary now given the terminal’s recently announced extended hours pilot;
  • develop an enhanced common reservation system (i.e. a centralized appointment scheduler for container trucks), which will reduce wait times and enhance efficiency of truck movements; and
  • measure operational performance and enforcement through the collection of location data (via GPS technology), which will help the port develop and enforce appropriate standards.
  • The project, which costs approximately $6 million, will receive $3 million over two years under Transport Canada’s Clean Transportation Initiative on Port-Related Trucking, with the port contributing the other half.

The implementation of the CDI project was a commitment under the Joint Action Plan with the Province of British Columbia, the port and other partners, developed to bring stability to the container trucking industry at Port Metro Vancouver. Significant parts of the enhanced common reservation system are expected to be in place before next year.