Flooding cuts off Port of Vancouver rail service

November 17 2021
port of Vancouver

[Advantage Logistics] Flooding and landslides in British Columbia have cut off the Port of Vancouver from all rail services as officials warned on Tuesday of forthcoming vessel delays and disruptions to terminal operations.

B.C. flooding cuts access to Port of Vancouver

Significant portions of CN (NYSE:CNI) and Canadian Pacific (NYSE:CP) rail lines serving the port — Canada’s largest — were shut down after heavy rain pounded the province and the Pacific Northwest. The consequences likely will be felt throughout the Canadian supply chain, adding delays for shipments of everything from containers to bulk commodities.

Flooding cuts off Port of Vancouver rail service

“Vessel delays and heightened anchorage demand are expected due to disruptions to terminal operations,” port spokesperson Matti Polychronis wrote in an email. “We are working closely with our terminal operators, railways, and all levels of government to understand the impacts of these delays on terminal operations and to develop a recovery plan.”

Canadian Pacific Railway

As of Tuesday night, the port reported 32 vessels at anchor. Over the summer, Vancouver was hit with another major disruption to rail service caused by wildfires. It led to significant backlogs that were felt for weeks.

Canadian National Railway

The disruption comes as Vancouver handles record amounts of cargo. Port of Vancouver reported a 24% increase in container volumes and a 7% increase in overall cargo volumes for the first six months of 2021.

Source: Freightwaves

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