The Province of British Columbia, in collaboration with key port system stakeholders, Canada and other levels of government, developed a BC Ports Strategy. This work resulted in the adoption of a shared statement of vision for British Columbia’s ports systems:
British Columbia’s geographic location gives us a tremendous natural advantage as the Pacific Gateway to North America. By 2020, Asia-Pacific container traffic is projected to increase by 300%, from the current level of two million TEUs to nine million TEUs. When successful, this increase in volume will provide benefits to many British Columbians: workers, importers, exporters, truckers, shipping companies, port terminals and railways, to name a few.
Reliability is Essential
In the summer of 2005, container truckers shut down most road transport to Lower Mainland port facilities. As a consequence, port container traffic was halted and our worldwide reputation as a reliable gateway was affected.
Stakeholder Solutions Required
The work stoppage of summer 2005, along with a previous stoppage in 1999, were symptoms of a complex array of problems in the lower mainland port container logistics system. Key problems include:
The development and implementation of logistics solutions that improve the reliability, productivity and efficiency of the land-side container logistics system involving trucks, inland terminals and port terminals will be key to this success.
An approach that addresses both individual interests and system wide efficiency objectives is required to solve these and other problems.
A Venue for Action
The Province has concluded that a stakeholders’ forum—given the correct mandate and support—is capable of developing innovative solutions.
The forum mandate is: Develop and implement logistics and tactical solutions and identify strategic long term solutions that improve the reliability, productivity and efficiency of the land side container logistics system involving trucks, inland terminals and port terminals.
Under this mandate, information will be developed on the cost and operating performance of the components of the system for the following reasons:
This will enable individual stakeholders to make better decisions for the benefit of their organizations and the system as a whole and enable the identification, monitoring and implementation of actions needed to benefit the whole system.
Following are the terms of reference for the forum:
The forum will address and may make recommendations regarding management, planning, operations, processes, or any other matters involving landside logistics affecting container trucking regarding:
As part of the work undertaken by the Forum, the Ministry of Transportation developed a business costing tool for use by container truck owner operators. The tool is intended for informational purposes only.
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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s report out on the Business Mapping Project – May 21, 2009
BC Ministry of Transportation Container Trucking Forum, Container Simulation Project, Final Report - December 17, 2007
Subsequent to the work stoppage in the summer of 2005 (June 27 - August 4, 2005), the federal and provincial governments appointed a three-person Task Force to provide recommendations to prevent a recurrence and promote more harmony in the sector. The final report was issued October 26, 2005 and is provided for reference.
Task Force Final Report - 1.5 MB PDF