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Mobile app to improve efficiency in Port of Vancouver supply chain

August 17, 2016

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority launched an innovative mobile app today that brings real-time monitoring of port operations to users across the supply chain.

Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, the PortVan eHub app offers insight into the operating status at the Port of Vancouver’s four container terminals, as well as road advisories, rail activity on Vancouver’s south shore, cruise terminal vessel embarkation windows at Canada Place, and the status of vessels in port.

“Over the past several years, we have been introducing innovative ways to provide transparent, real-time information to our port users and stakeholders,” said Peter Xotta, vice president, planning and operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “The PortVan eHub app is another way we can quickly share what is happening in the port to the people who need that information the most.”

The PortVan eHub app combines information collected from the mandatory GPS units on container trucks, live monitoring of port operations from the port authority’s 24/7 Operations Centre, and cross-agency information from organizations like the Regional Transportation Management Centre.

Notifications about terminal operating status, rail crossing activity on port property along Vancouver’s south shore, or traffic interruptions on major routes can now be received through immediate and automatic updates, allowing those travelling to or from the port to plan their routes accordingly.

The PortVan eHub app is available for free download on Apple iPhone with iOS 9.0 or above and on Android smartphones with version 4.0.3 or above. The app will also be made available for tablets in future version releases.

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About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The port authority manages the Port of Vancouver, which is Canada’s largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America, responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the Port of Vancouver is responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, and integrates environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods in 2015, the port sustains an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.

Media contact:

Emily Hamer
Manager, Strategic Communications
604.665.9267
[email protected]

 

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