Vancouver flooding: supply chain aims for mid-week service return

Gantry Cranes at Container Terminals Vancouver, BC

Work to restore links into the Port of Vancouver has continued throughout the weekend and transporters are aiming for a mid-week service restoration.

In a 19 November update, Canada Pacific (CP) wrote that work to repair damaged infrastructure between Kamloops and Vancouver “continues around the clock.”

At the time of writing the update, some 20 separate sections of the track were already cleared or repaired – with CP noting that estimations will be restored mid-week.

“We are working closely with local and B.C. authorities to coordinate the delivery of critical materials, equipment, food and fuel as CP crews work to safely restore service,” CP noted.

 “That includes with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to assist in getting highways reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Shipping line Maersk added in a 19 November update that all rail services coming and out of the Port of Vancouver have been halted – as well as constraints to traffic inbound to Vancouver east and north of Kamloops continuing to be affected.

“It is anticipated that regular flow in and out of Port of Vancouver will be impacted for the next few weeks. We will see increased congestion at terminals and expect vessel delay,” Maersk wrote.

“We are working closely with different stakeholders to understand the impacts of the delays on terminal operations and to develop a contingency plan.”

The government of British Columbia has declared a provincial state of emergency to protect those affected by flooding and landslides.

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