In recent years, supply chains have experienced extraordinary pressures and volatility due to a combination of factors, including geopolitical and economic challenges, coupled with extreme weather events induced by climate change that have overwhelmed the system. As trade continues to grow, there is an urgent need for enhanced visibility into, and resiliency and recoverability of supply chains, which are essential to moving Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver.
Today’s supply chains rely heavily on data, which presents an opportunity to leverage technology and information sharing to provide insights and analytics that will result in greater operational reliability, predictability, and sustainability for goods movement through the Port of Vancouver. Reliable data will also help maximize capacity across the trade network and enable forecasting and long-term planning across rail, marine, and road transportation.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is partnering with industry and stakeholders to advance Connect+, a program that consists of several collaborative initiatives focused on optimizing the planning and coordination of goods movement at the Port of Vancouver. This includes the development of new tools and initiatives, including predictive analytics and forecasting tools, digital dashboards and new data sharing and reporting tools to support informed decision making throughout the supply chains.
The success of supply chain optimization initiatives led by the port authority under the Connect+ banner requires strong collaboration and participation from stakeholders. The initiatives are designed to meet the following short- to long-term needs:
- Performance: collaborating to deliver increased performance by measuring what is most impactful and relevant in a timely manner
- Visibility: working together to create a primary source of information for the movement of goods in the port with an aim to understand the complete flow of goods to enable deeper collaboration with industry
- Insight optimization: collaborating to provide industry with critical insights that will optimize supply chain operations and increase competitiveness
- Foresight/planning: Working together to create a shared view of future operations that will inform long-term investment and support trade growth
Benefits of the program
With a federal mandate to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver, the port authority is leading Connect+ initiatives that will:
- Increase capacity and operating efficiencies and reliability across the supply chain
- Eliminate operational bottlenecks
- Maximize the performance of existing infrastructure and available network capacity
- Enable information sharing between supply chain stakeholders
- Inform decision-making, individually and collectively for infrastructure investments, policy decisions, and day-to-day operations
- Enhance transportation planning and modeling to support future supply chain infrastructure improvements
- Support the short- and long-term growth of economic activity through the gateway
- Ensure Canada’s supply chains remain competitive
- Reduce the impacts of trade activity on local communities and the environment
Collaboration with industry
The port authority continues to widen and deepen its collaboration with industry partners and stakeholders to expand the range of supply chain data available to develop the analytical tools to build an insight-driven gateway.
This includes working together to develop data governance and security frameworks and data sharing agreements to support Connect+ projects and initiatives.
The transformative benefits of Connect+ will be driven and shared by the many industry partners, stakeholders and communities who make up the port ecosystem, through improved coordination and by leveraging technology to unlock the full economic potential of the region.
Connect+ projects and initiatives
There are several Connect+ initiatives underway to optimize goods movement at the Port of Vancouver, and more are planned that will build on program outcomes and successes.
|The Active Vessel Traffic Management (AVTM) Program is a new, multi-part system developed to enhance marine safety, enable the efficient flow of goods to and from the Port of Vancouver, and help manage environmental and social impacts of commercial ship traffic in the region, such as ambient noise and light pollution. The AVTM system is designed to:
Another project on the marine transportation side, the Container Visibility System project, provides real-time visibility into container movements through the Port of Vancouver. Cameras and computer visioning equipment will be used to capture data by identifying containers and merging this information with key modal data elements. This new visibility tool will support improved operational decision-making by providing advanced notification to terminal operators of incoming containers, allowing them to adjust equipment and labour. This technology will also enable reporting of key performance indicators that can be shared as a basis for discussions with industry partners around operational improvements.
|The Supply Chain Visibility Program is a near real-time digital dashboard that monitors supply chain performance across all commodities and allows users from railways, major shippers, and terminals to improve fluidity and planning by identifying operational constraints and capacity bottlenecks. The centralized and visualized data is:
This project is being developed by the port authority in collaboration with Transport Canada, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and other Pacific Gateway partners with funding received in 2019 from Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund.
|Over the last decade, we have continued to build on drayage truck reporting programs that help provide insight into the movement of containers at the port. Through the port authority’s Truck Licensing System, all container trucks that are registered and approved to serve the port’s marine container terminals are equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) units. The GPS data is used to calculate average terminal turn times and supports the Wait Time System that pays out the Gate Efficiency Fee to eligible trucking companies and independent operators on behalf of container terminals. Insight from GPS data showed that the Port of Vancouver has some of the best turn times in North America since 2014.|
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