Port of Vancouver Operations Update as of November 18
British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, declared a provincial state of emergency effective November 17. The state of emergency applies to the entire province for an initial 14-day period and may be extended or rescinded as conditions require. The state of emergency enables federal, provincial and local governments to allocate resources and deliver a coordinated response to protect the public, mitigate impacts on transportation networks and movement of essential goods and supplies, and to support the province-wide response and recovery.
Rail lines between Kamloops and Vancouver remain closed, as both CN and CP crews and engineering teams continue to clear debris and conduct repairs at multiple locations. A timeline for the resumption of rail operations to the west coast is currently unavailable.
Vessel delays and heightened anchorage demand due to disrupted terminal operations are expected. Vessels in port can be viewed on the home page of the PortVan eHub app by selecting “Vessels in Port”.
In addition, Delmar International has been advised by carriers that vessel diversions to alternate ports are being reviewed. This option is under investigation. As changes occur, clients will be informed.
Flooding impacts on highways remain severe and widespread throughout southwestern BC. The intermittent opening of one highway route allowed some passenger traffic to flow out of the impacted areas towards Vancouver. All highways remain closed to non-essential traffic as work crews continue with reconstruction and repairs. Damage assessments of roadway infrastructure are ongoing.
Source – Ciffa
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