A three-year action plan to drive efficiency, reliability and long-term
METRO VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 long-term 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
fast-growing 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
is 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.
PMV, industry and government are jointly funding research, through the Clean Transportation Initiative, to identify technology-based 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.
PMV 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
Container capacity improvement projects continue with the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project and the
South Shore Corridor Project
GPS Implementation: Backgrounder
On February 21, 2013, Port Metro Vancouver announced the 'Smart Fleet'
trucking strategy, the Port's three year action plan to achieve
excellence in the local container trucking sector. Smart Fleet is a
plan that will guide work with industry and government to drive
performance, accountability and sustainability within the container
drayage supply chain.
As one of the identified Smart Fleet initiatives, Port Metro Vancouver
is pleased to announce changes to the current GPS pilot program that
will expand the program and make it mandatory. The new GPS program,
funded by Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure and Port Metro Vancouver will increase the number of
trucks equipped with GPS units from 300 to 1000, approximately half of
the local fleet.
In 2012, the Container Drayage Efficiency Pilot Project saw
approximately 16% of the TLS fleet outfitted with GPS transponder units
in order to test the operational benefits of a GPS tracking system. The
pilot project has resulted in greater transparency of container drayage
truck movement, specifically within Port Metro Vancouver's
Port Metro Vancouver's plan to increase the number of trucks with GPS
transponder units will provide an even more accurate, real-time base of
data enabling greater insight to routing, operational and congestion
information. The data collected will allow supply chain participants to
better plan for their operations. This initiative will support
increased efficiencies and ensure that Port Metro Vancouver, industry
and supply chain partners can strengthen our competitive advantage as a
world-leader in sustainable port operations.
In support of this initiative, the 700 newest model year TLS-approved trucks (as of February 28, 2013) will
be required to receive a GPS Transponder Unit to be installed in the
truck. These GPS transponders will be provided by Port Metro Vancouver at no
cost to the truck owner/company and installations will take place on
the South Shore of Vancouver's harbour at 2901 Commissioner Street,
just outside of Port Metro Vancouver's VACS Security Gate.
As part of its commitment to the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor
Initiative, the Harper government is investing approximately $31
million into the $75-million South Shore Corridor Project.
The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is contributing
$300,000 towards installing 700 GPS units in trucks calling at the port
to support Port Metro Vancouver's Smart Fleet trucking strategy.
Details on how to schedule an appointment booking for the GPS
installation will be sent to selected individual truck owners at the
beginning of March.
SOURCE: Port Metro Vancouver
For further information:
Port Metro Vancouver