Port of Vancouver operations update

December 1, 2021

To Port of Vancouver’s valued customers and stakeholders,

Heavy rains are expected to continue through Wednesday with lighter precipitation across southwestern B.C. forecast for Thursday and Friday. Evacuation orders for multiple communities impacted by flooding remain in place.

Rail operations:  CP and CN eastbound and westbound trains continue to transit on CP’s mainline between Vancouver and Kamloops. Enhanced track inspections and maintenance are ongoing and low-speed restrictions remain in place.  Engineering teams continue to undertake repairs on CN’s mainline between Kamloops and Boston Bar at a site impacted by heavy precipitation. A timeline for restored rail operations through the site is currently unavailable.

Port of Vancouver rail production (December 1):

  • Grain unloads:  244
  • Container terminal rail production:
    • Dec 1 = 8,482 ft
    • Nov 30 = 12,191 ft
    • Nov 29 = 39,761 ft
    • Nov 28 = 10,988 ft
    • Nov 27 = 26,358 ft
    • Nov 26 = 27,565 ft
    • Nov 25 = 13,039 ft
  • Container import on-dock footage:  387,448 ft

Truck operations:  Container terminal truck activity remains steady. Restored highway routes include detours, intermittent closures and essential traffic-only restrictions. Proactive closures may occur when heavy rainfall is forecast. Reconstruction and repairs continue on major roadways across the region.

Port of Vancouver truck activity (December 1):

  • Container truck reservations:  2,238

Marine operations:  Demand for anchorages currently exceeds capacity. Anchorages are assigned in a manner that ensures fluidity across all ship types and maintains essential services. Vessels in port can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port”.

Port of Vancouver anchorage occupation (December 1):

  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (English Bay, inner habour, Indian Arm):  89%
  • Southern Gulf Islands:  78%

The provincial state of emergency declared by the British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General has been extended to December 14, 2021. The state of emergency effective November 17, 2021 applies to the entire province of B.C.

An initiative is being undertaken to provide additional container storage capacity to ease supply chain constraints and bottlenecks in the Lower Mainland areas exacerbated by extreme weather disruptions. The project includes preparation of a 40-acre site for the temporary handling and storage of empty containers. Work to prepare the site for storage services and contract an operator will occur over the coming weeks.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed on any new developments as they arise.


  • Port import rail on-dock footage summary: Import Rail On-dock Footage (updated daily Monday-Friday)
  • PortVan eHub app: access real-time insights into Port of Vancouver operations via the port authority’s mobile app eHub.  Download from the port authority’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 authority’s website (Performance Metrics).
  • Port operations updates: Operations Updates
  • State of Emergency Declaration:  State of Emergency Declaration (issued November 17, 2021)
  • State of Emergency Extension: State of Emergency Extension (issued November 20, 2021)
  • Government of Canada storage project news release: Supply Chain Container Storage Project

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