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Date: 09/15/20 06:55
CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: Lackawanna484

in cooperation with Maersk.  The key takeaway is it will apparently reduce the use of drayage trucks in the port area, replacing them with rail.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cp-and-maersk-reach-agreement-that-will-benefit-north-american-customers-and-the-environment-301130651.html



Date: 09/16/20 09:24
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: rob_l

Actually, the key takeaway is that here we have an ocean carrier and a railroad partnering to jointly promote trans-loading supply chains instead of inland movement of marine containers.

About four years ago, I presented to Maersk management that trans-loading is the supply chain most large importers want. There is great value in being able to re-allocate imports across different regions rather than having to commit what goes where a month or more earlier. And there is great value in being able to allocate the contents of each container across all regions rather than having to commit a whole containerload to just one region. Maersk was going in a different direction and had spun off its North American logistics subsidiary. I am glad to learn that they reversed course.

On the railroad side, this is a great intiative for CP to take market share away from CN.

Best regards,

Rob L.



Date: 09/18/20 08:27
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: RRTom

Press release says CP will "shuttle" containers to the transloading facility.  So is this a short-distance rail move within the Vancouver area from the port to the facility?  That would be unique.



Date: 09/18/20 09:51
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: Lackawanna484

RRTom Wrote:
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> Press release says CP will "shuttle" containers to
> the transloading facility.  So is this a
> short-distance rail move within the Vancouver area
> from the port to the facility?  That would be
> unique.

That was my reading of the story, but the additional info is very helpful in Understanding context.

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Date: 09/18/20 09:55
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: rob_l

RRTom Wrote:
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> Press release says CP will "shuttle" containers to
> the transloading facility.  So is this a
> short-distance rail move within the Vancouver area
> from the port to the facility?  That would be
> unique.

The key is that CP will get the long-haul outbound domestic container shipments from the facility. CP does not have to load the marine boxes at the marine terminals, so the short-haul to the transload facility is not so costly and therefore a small price to pay to get the lucrative outbound traffic and keep it out of the hands of CN.

Best regards,

Rob L.



Date: 09/18/20 10:07
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: sarailfan

There is an existing transfer job from Deltaport to VIF, I wonder if the shuttle in the release refers to taking marine boxes from Deltaport to be restuffed into domestic cans at this newly upgraded facility?

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Darren Boes
Lethbridge, AB
Southern Alberta Railfan



Date: 09/18/20 12:35
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: rob_l

sarailfan Wrote:
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> There is an existing transfer job from Deltaport
> to VIF, I wonder if the shuttle in the release
> refers to taking marine boxes from Deltaport to be
> restuffed into domestic cans at this newly
> upgraded facility?
>

I expect this new facility will be all dry freight and the imports will be all or almost all in dry boxes.

Best regards,

Rob L.



Date: 09/18/20 17:02
Re: CP to expand Vancouver Intermodal Facility
Author: railsmith

sarailfan Wrote:
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> There is an existing transfer job from Deltaport
> to VIF, I wonder if the shuttle in the release
> refers to taking marine boxes from Deltaport to be
> restuffed into domestic cans at this newly
> upgraded facility?

There are also marine container transfers to Coquitlam Yard and VIF from the two container terminals in the downtown area of the port. 



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