British Columbia has state-of-the-art deep sea ports that are ice-free all year round with the shortest transportation times between North American and Asian markets – saving shippers over two days, compared to other west coast ports. The Port of Vancouver
is Canada’s largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America with 27 major marine cargo terminals; it is responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 170 world economies.
The Port of Vancouver ranked 45th in Alphaliner’s
2017 list of the top 110 container ports in the world; that’s up from 48th in 2016. Vancouver is the only Canadian port in the list’s top 50. With the most diversified cargo range of any port in North America, the port operates across five business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk, container and cruise. In 2017, 142 million tonnes of cargo moved through the port, valued at $200 billion. Almost 95% of the port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.
In the first half of 2018, the Port of Vancouver hit record container volume
with a record 1.64 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) – a 5% increase in volume over 2017, export traffic rose 6.6% and imports were up 3.7%. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority predicts that there are no signs container growth on Canada’s west coast will slow down any time soon.
Along with this, British Columbia’s transportation sector is dedicated to reducing fuel consumption and its impact on the environment. The Port of Vancouver has adopted a holistic approach to protecting the water, land and wildlife within their jurisdiction. Its air, energy and climate action programs promote air emissions reductions in key sectors of the port supply chain such as ships, trucks, terminals and rail locomotives. Green infrastructure guidelines were developed and applied to seven port authority-led projects, incorporating economic, environmental and social considerations. Through shore power, 2,185 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions were reduced. The Low Level Road Project
in North Vancouver received an international Envision Platinum certification in 2015, recognizing the highest levels of sustainability in project design, construction and operation.
In 2016, the Port of Vancouver adopted a vision
to be the world’s most sustainable port. Sustainability has been integrated into the port’s strategic planning process to help identify where to focus their attention, efforts and resources and bring their vision to life. The port plans to integrate sustainability throughout business processes and culture, and to work with industry, government, Indigenous peoples and communities in order to balance priorities.
What the Port of Vancouver is striving to achieve ties in closely to the Government of British Columbia’s commitment to environmental sustainability. British Columbia is an established thought leader in the sustainability community, with organizations making their mark in North America and around the world. To learn more, connect with us on LinkedIn