Port of Vancouver operations update

July 11, 2021

To Port of Vancouver’s valued customers and stakeholders,

The Ministerial Order suspending rail service for 48 hours between Kamloops and Boston Bar, B.C. effective 00:01 PDT on July 9, 2021 ended at 00:01 PDT July 11, 2021.

A new Ministerial Order has been issued by the Minister of Transport to enact precautionary safety measures to further protect against wildfires during extreme weather conditions. The Order places operational restrictions on CN and CP rail lines routing between Kamloops and Boston Bar (Ashcroft Subdivision) and Kamloops and North Bend (Thompson Subdivision) when the fire hazard rating is listed as “extreme”. Restrictions include reduced speed limits and fire mitigation measures. Additionally, the Order requires risk mitigation action by all Class 1 railways throughout Canada when the air temperature is 30° C or above and the fire hazard level is listed as “extreme”. The Ministerial Order took effect at 00:01 PDT on July 11, 2021 and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021.

A copy of the July 11, 2021 Ministerial Order can be found here:  Ministerial Order – July 11, 2021

Anchorage demand continues to be high and nearing capacity. Anchorage assignments are made to ensure fluidity across all ship types and essential services. Vessels in port can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port”.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on any new developments as information becomes available.

Real-time insights into Port of Vancouver operations can be accessed through the PortVan eHub app. The PortVan eHub app can be downloaded at https://www.portvancouver.com/port-dashboard/ehub-app or through the App Store (search for PortVan eHub or Port of Vancouver). Additionally, daily updates on import rail performance and weekly updates on truck terminal turn time performance are available through the Port’s website at https://www.portvancouver.com/port-dashboard/.

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Thank you for your continued support of the Port of Vancouver.