Service improvements, efficiency and reliability underscored
METRO VANCOUVER, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver and industry
partners in the container drayage sector have announced a new
collaboration initiative aimed directly at improving productivity and
performance through Canada's Pacific Gateway.
Through the efforts of the newly formed Container Drayage Leadership
Team, including Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI), DP World (DPW), Fraser
Surrey Docks (FSD), Port Metro Vancouver, BC Trucking Association
(BCTA), BC Chamber of Shipping (CoS) and the Western Canadian Shippers
Coalition (WCSC); an agreement in principle has been reached that sets
out a new approach to an integrated container drayage sector with
increased coordination between container terminal operators and Port
The collaboration initiative sets the framework for the Port, container
trucking community and container terminals to develop benchmark service
standards and the mechanisms to define, measure, monitor and evaluate
performance of each participant against the established benchmarks. The
initiative will also establish processes to proactively communicate on
service-related matters and resolve disputes between the container
terminals, container trucking community, Port Metro Vancouver and
supply chain partners, on a commercial basis.
"Thanks to the Container Drayage Leadership Team for their commitment to
tangibly improve the supply chain. PMV has seen a sustained increase in
container volumes, representing great news for container terminals, the
container drayage sector and the economy; but with growth comes the
need to improve our business with efficient transactions at each point
along the supply chain," said Peter Xotta, Vice President Planning and
Operations, Port Metro Vancouver. "Today's agreement marks a new
beginning; by working collaboratively, we will see better outcomes that
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and North America's most
diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods with more than 160
trading economies annually. Port activities generate 129,500 total jobs
across Canada, $10.5 billion in GDP and $22 billion in economic output.
Support for New Collaboration Initiative for Container Drayage Sector
Metro Vancouver: Port Metro Vancouver and industry partners in the container drayage
sector recently announced a new collaboration initiative aimed directly
at improving productivity and performance through Canada's Pacific
"PMV has seen a sustained increase in container volumes, representing
great news for container terminals, the container drayage sector and
the economy; but with growth comes the need to improve our business
with efficient transactions at each point along the supply chain.
Today's agreement marks a new beginning; by working collaboratively, we
will see better outcomes that benefit everyone."
- Peter Xotta, Vice President Planning and Operations, Port Metro
"As the federal government deepens Canada's trade and investment ties
throughout the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, continued growth of
container volumes is proof of the competitive advantages of the
Asia-Pacific Gateway. This collaboration between Port Metro Vancouver
and the container drayage sector is a positive step that will further
strengthen these advantages and ensure Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway
remains the gateway of choice between North American and Asian
- Minister Ed Fast, Canada's Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
"I am pleased to see all the partners working collaboratively to seek
system-wide solutions that maximize port operations and ensure the
efficient and rapid flow of goods through our Pacific Gateway."
- Hon. Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
"By working together with Port Metro Vancouver, industry partners, and
the BC Trucking Association, I am confident that the work of the
Container Drayage Leadership team will lead to real operational
- Matthew Hoag, General Manager, DP World Vancouver
"As the largest container terminal operator in Port Metro Vancouver, TSI
is committed to working with all supply chain partners to ensure
efficiency and reliability. We support the growth and productivity of
this gateway and will continue to work with the Port, the BCTA, and our
industry partners towards operational improvements. I believe this type
of collaboration will achieve great success for our industry and our
- Eric Waltz, President, TSI Terminal Systems Inc.
"It is very promising to see how the port industry's stakeholders are
collaborating to implement sustainable solutions. By improving services
within the supply chain, we can ensure our success in achieving gateway
growth and expansion."
- Jeff Scott, President, Fraser Surrey Docks Inc.
"Each supply chain partner is accountable for their actions. The work of
the Team involves creating a better understanding of how the actions of
one supply chain partner affect another. On the ground, drayage
carriers and drivers should realize consistent, reliable and reasonable
turn times that will address long-standing concerns about productivity
- Louise Yako, President & CEO of the BC Trucking Association
"The ocean going container carrier sector fully recognizes the important
role of the container drayage sector and marine terminals as fully
interdependent supply chain partners. We will succeed together or fail
together, and the formation of the "Container Drayage Leadership Team"
is intended to ensure that we not only succeed, but set high and
sustainable standards of performance for the long term. We embrace the
timely opportunity of this challenge."
- Captain Stephen Brown, President, BC Chamber of Shipping
"In order for our members to be able to compete internationally, an
efficient, reliable and productive port container network is
essential. We believe the potential for improvement exists and that
better communication and a greater awareness of the collateral affects
generated by the actions of each member of the supply chain are keys to
that improvement. The Western Canadian Shippers' Coalition is pleased
to be part of a group that shares those beliefs."
- Ian May, Chair, Western Canadian Shippers' Coalition
SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver
For further information:
Read the news release.
Barbara Joy-Kinsella, Media Relations
Port Metro Vancouver