Port of Vancouver operations update

July 31, 2023

To Port of Vancouver’s valued customers and stakeholders:

Last night, July 30, The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) negotiated a collective agreement with the assistance of the Canada Industrial Relations Board. Both parties are recommending ratification of the tentative agreement to their members.

The ILWU will meet with membership at 0800 PST, Wednesday, August 2, to recommend the Terms of Settlement of the tentative agreement reached with the BCMEA. ILWU labour will return to work effective 1630 PST, August 2. Voting by ILWU membership is anticipated to occur on Thursday, August 3 and Friday, August 4.

Regular operations at the port continue and recovery plans remain in effect.

Auto sector:

Regular operations in effect.

Breakbulk sector:

Regular operations in effect.

Bulk sector:

Regular operations in effect.

Container sector:

Regular operations in effect. As of July 31, six container vessels are at berth, three are at anchor, and two are awaiting entry into the port’s jurisdiction. For the Container Vessel Line-Up Report that includes vessels at anchor and dwelling outside of port authority jurisdiction, please visit our port dashboard here.

Cruise sector: 

Regular operations in effect.

Marine operations:  The port authority continues to manage vessel arrivals and anchorage assignments to maintain port fluidity, ensure the safe movement of vessels and manage anchorage capacity for terminals.

Port of Vancouver anchorage occupation (July 31, 2023 – 0600 am PST):

  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (English Bay, inner habour, Indian Arm):  56%
  • Southern Gulf Islands:  54%

Vessels in port can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port” via the port authority’s mobile app. Download from the port authority’s website (eHub) or through the App Store (search for “PortVan eHub” or “Port of Vancouver”).

Rail operations:

Port of Vancouver rail production (July 31):

  • Container terminal rail production: 
    • Jul 31 = 51,352 ft
    • Jul 30 = 50,841 ft
    • Jul 29 = 59,244 ft
    • Jul 28 = 48,659 ft
    • Jul 27 = 62,478 ft
    • Jul 26 = 43,830 ft
    • Jul 25 = 60,276 ft
  • Container import on-dock footage: 419,220 ft

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


  • Information BulletinsOperations Updates
  • 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, gateway vessel on-time performance, and container vessels at anchor/berth through the port authority’s website (Performance Metrics).