Increased Dwell Times are Expected to Persist at Canadian West Coast Ports


Ongoing delays and increased dwell times are expected to persist at Canadian west coast ports for the next several weeks, partly due to increased volumes during this year’s peak shipping season.

Terminal dwell times at Deltaport and Prince Rupert are currently running from 6 to 7 days on average, while problems with rail transit can add an additional and unexpected number of days.

CN is addressing the situation at Vancouver’s Deltaport and recognizes that terminal dwell has increased since July and that their level of service is not where it should be. They advised that increased dwell time has been caused by a combination of factors including:

➢ Operational constraints at Deltaport caused by the Deltaport Terminal Road and Rail
Improvement project, resulting in lower rail production

➢ Fluctuating rail production targets
➢ Crane failures
➢ Shortage of car supply

CN informed CIFFA that its commitment to Global Container Terminals Deltaport has been to truck units to its Vancouver Intermodal Terminal to make up the deficit in production caused by the abovementioned project.

In Prince Rupert, a hazardous incident over the Labour Day weekend saw an evacuation at the terminal and a lost day of operations. This, combined with the public holiday on September 4th resulted in higher than normal dwell times.

DP World Prince Rupert told CIFFA it has successfully completed the marine portion of their Phase 2 North expansion, which was the largest and most complicated part of the terminal expansion. Dwell times are expected to temporarily be higher than normal until the middle of this month and will then start decreasing, returning to normal by mid-October.

COSCO today advised that the Port of Prince Rupert currently has more than 200,000 on-dock footage. CN is able to move around 20,000 daily and it would take approximately 10 days to clear what they have on the ground right now. As a result COSCO is taking the extraordinary measure of diverting containers destined for all Canadian inland points, including Montreal & Toronto, from Prince Rupert Terminal discharge to Vancouver Centerm Terminal discharge.

This will be a temporary measure, which will be applied only to the below mentioned four CPNW service voyages:


Given the above Delmar will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure all shipments are delivered to their final destination in the most time efficient manner, however some delays should be expected.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar representative.

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