Port of Vancouver operations update

July 26, 2021

To Port of Vancouver’s valued customers and stakeholders,

The CN and CP rail lines from Kamloops to Vancouver are currently operating under Ministerial Order (MO) 21-06 requirements, which include targeted speed restrictions, increased equipment inspections, and fire prevention measures. Temperatures in the high 30s across southern B.C. are expected by the end of the week, keeping the risk of wildfires high. The evolving fire situation may result in temporary stoppages to rail operations.

The Port of Vancouver continues to experience a high level of on-dock cargo. Last week, import rail footage was at the highest level since rail closures began in early July. Processed railcar volumes to-and-from the coast remain lower than average, but consistent.

The provincial state of emergency effective July 21, 2021 will remain in place until August 4, 2021 and applies to the entire province of B.C. The initial 14-day period may be extended or rescinded as conditions require.

All anchorage class assignments continue to experience heightened demand and there is sufficient supply to accommodate existing requests. Vessels in port (at berth and at anchor) can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port”.

We continue to monitor the situation providing operational updates three days a week or on an as-needed basis.


  • Port import rail on-dock footage summary: Import Rail On-dock Footage (updated daily Mon-Fri)
  • PortVan eHub app: access real-time insights into Port of Vancouver operations via the port’s mobile app eHub.  Download from the port’s website (eHub) or through the App Store (search for “PortVan eHub” or “Port of Vancouver”)
  • Port dashboard: view updates on import rail performance, truck terminal turn times, and gateway vessel on-time performance through the port’s website (Performance Metrics).
  • Port operations updates: Operations Updates
  • Ministerial Order 21-06 (MO 21-06):  Ministerial Order MO 21-06 (issued July 11, 2021)
  • BC Wildfire Dashboard: BC Wildfire Dashboard

Please feel free to forward this update within your organization.

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