VANCOUVER, Dec. 29 /CNW/ -
1. We are reducing air emissions: We have reduced the Port's carbon footprint with 100% compliance of container trucks meeting tough new air emissions standards, the launch of shore power at Canada Place, operating in a carbon neutral way during the 2010 Olympic Games, and our new Blue Circle Award that rewards vessels that reduce emissions. 2. We are collaborating: Working with partners in rail, trucking, and terminal operations, the Port has led the way in information sharing practices that save time and improve efficiency. In May, the Port and CN signed a collaboration agreement that reinforces reciprocal accountability and improves services for customers. 3. We are investing in infrastructure: With unprecedented infrastructure investments from the Port, industry and the Federal and Provincial Governments, the Vancouver Gateway's $9 billion infrastructure program is underway and will benefit port users, tenants, transportation, and communities more than ever before. 4. We are increasing capacity: In January, the Port and Global Container Terminals announced the official opening of the Deltaport Third Berth, a $400 million project that increases the container handling capacity at Roberts Bank by up to 50%. 5. We are improving efficiency: Working closely with terminal operators and railways, Port Metro Vancouver has been measuring and monitoring wait times, and making important service improvements that support increased efficiency and reliability in the Vancouver Gateway. 6. We are reaching out: Ramping up engagement with all levels of government, First Nations, industry and stakeholders, we are showing that the Port is interested in working together to achieve the best outcomes. 7. We are increasing volumes: On the heels of the economic downturn, the Port has shown resilience and is seeing a return to increased cargo volumes in 2010 and anticipates growth in cruise passenger volumes for 2011. Cargo volumes are on track to outpace 2009. 8. We are supporting communities: This year alone, we have hosted 52 community events, funded 42 community sponsorships, expanded Harbourview Park in North Vancouver, and provided 18 scholarships in the Lower Mainland. Port Metro Vancouver invests one percent of net income to its Community Investment Program and focuses on education, community enrichment and environmental initiatives. 9. We are strengthening the Canadian economy: As Canada's major gateway for international trade, Port Metro Vancouver trades $75 billion in goods annually with more than 160 trading economies. Port activities generates an estimated 129,500 jobs across Canada that pay $6 billion in wages. 10. We are tweeting: Follow us on Twitter @portmetrovan.
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