Port of Vancouver operations update – Ministerial order halts train movements between Kamloops and Boston Bar, B.C., for 48 hours

July 9, 2021

To Port of Vancouver’s valued Customers and Stakeholders,

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued a Ministerial Order ceasing all train movement, with the exception of emergency fire response and maintenance and repair work, between Kamloops and Boston Bar, B.C. for 48 hours. The Order took effect at 12:01 am PDT on July 9, 2021 and applies to both CP and CN rail lines routing through the B.C. interior area affected by the wildfires. Trains already located in the restricted area are permitted to continue to operate for the purposes of exiting. The Ministerial Order was issued in the interest of safe railway operations, and to protect public safety for the temporary return of residents to inspect their homes and properties in Lytton.

A copy of the Ministerial Order can be found here:  Transport Canada Ministerial Order.

Large vessel anchorage demand continues to exceed capacity. All anchorage class assignments are experiencing heightened demand. Vessel operators are slow steaming to delay arrival in Vancouver. 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.