Harbour Link Blog

Reflecting on the Cost Impact of TLS and the BCCTA

Posted 2017-11-14 by Harbour Link in opinion

November 2017 Harbour Link Container Services takes pride in its good reputation as an industry leader and for its adherence to high standards of business ethics and regulatory compliance, including ensuring our drivers, dependent contractors (owner operators) and staff are treated respectfully and receive fair compensation. Foremost, we are a company with a motto for being strong on servic...

Over-Supply of Ships and Trucks

Posted 2016-09-22 by Harbour Link in opinion

According to shipping pundits, the overcapacity of container shipping, which is reported to have put Hanjin into bankruptcy, is likely to claim another carrier before the market rebounds. Whether, this actually takes place remains to be seen, but it is reasonable to assume that if the container shipping sector continues to operate at unsustainable rate levels, further concentration within the ...

State of Affairs at the Vancouver Gateway

Posted 2015-09-22 by Harbour Link in opinion

It has been a while since writing our last blog. During the intervening period many positive developments have occurred at the Port of Vancouver Gateway. These include the actions taken by PMV and their terminal operators to improve gate turn times and the stability brought to the container drayage sector by the enactment of the Container Trucking Act by the BC Government in May 2015. By way...

Government Folly and Ineptitude

Posted 2014-11-14 by Harbour Link in opinion

The 26 day port dislocation in March that resulted from the withdrawal of services by UTA Owners Operators and the membership of UNIFOR seems to have caused Government to act irrationally in their efforts to address the issues pertaining to the drayage sector. The withdrawal of port services by members of UTA and UNIFOR was triggered to protest the worsening truck waiting and turn times be...

How is the Vancouver Gateway Progressing?

Posted 2014-07-28 by Harbour Link in opinion

Since writing our last blog, the Vancouver Gateway has weathered the turmoil created by a 26 day withdrawal of services in March 2014 by Owner Operators under the control of the United Truckers Association (UTA) and also UNIFOR, which led to all of the Port’s container terminals becoming seriously bottlenecked. Before the trucker disruption, the Gateway was already encountering a serious back...

Is T2 still needed?

Posted 2014-06-26 by Harbour Link in opinion

As a longstanding participant in Vancouver’s container business, including the operations, planning and expansion of the Port’s existing container facilities, the evolving trend by container shipping lines to concentrate their services through the formation of shared alliances with each other, raises the question whether T2 continues to be a valid and necessary expansion for the gateway. ...

Traffic congestion and Reservation shortages are hurting this Gateway

Posted 2013-11-29 by Harbour Link in opinion

We have spoken extensively about the growing challenges being encountered by container drayage carriers at the Port of Vancouver due to traffic congestion and reservation shortages. The congestion issue recently resulted in a “one day work stoppage” (withdrawal of services) by Owner Operator drivers (led by the United Truckers Association) to protest the lengthy waiting time to access the Po...

Gordon Payne's presentation to CILTNA, 18 September 2013

Posted 2013-09-24 by Harbour Link in opinion

Overview of Presentation - THE PORT AND TERMINAL TRUCK INTERFACE Transcript Good morning everyone and thank you for inviting me to present my views about the port interface and my perspective of where I believe the port is going. My association with the Port of Vancouver commenced in the late fifties when I was a seafarer and continued as an immigrant in 1962 when I started on the wate...

BRIEFING PAPER: Port of Vancouver Interface Issues

Posted 2013-02-18 by Harbour Link in opinion

We have written extensively about the interface issues at Port of Vancouver's container terminals that impede the ability to accommodate truck traffic efficiently. These include the trucking sector's inability to secure sufficient and timely reservations to pick-up and deliver containers, and when a reservation is secured, to be able to access the port without trucks encountering wait times w...

Port Interface Problems

Posted 2012-10-24 by Harbour Link in opinion

To Our Customers – 24th October 2012 For the past two years we have worked closely with the BCTA and all other stakeholders being affected by the deplorable port interface conditions at Port Metro Vancouver’s container terminals (FSD excepted). These conditions are preventing the trucking sector from being able to secure sufficient and timely reservations to pick-up and deliver containers, a...

Being Held Ransom by Reservation Issues and the Terminal Gate Container Initiative (TGCI)

Posted 2012-04-23 by Harbour Link in opinion

The purpose of this Blog is to discuss the service and operational issues that are preventing the container drayage sector to efficiently service the Port of Vancouver due to the constraints of the reservation systems and the impact of the Terminal Gate Container Initiative adopted by the container terminal operators. The severity of the above issues and the cost impact they are having on the ...

Finding a Workable Solution to the Impediments of the Port of Vancouver TLS Licensing System

Posted 2012-04-16 by Harbour Link in opinion

The purpose of this Blog is to discuss the service and operational issues that are impeding the container drayage sector’s ability to efficiently service the Port of Vancouver caused by the constraints imposed by PMV’s TLS licensing system. Before discussing the impediments of TLS it is important to define the meaning of a Full Service Operator ("FSO") and Owner Operator ("O/O): Full Serv...

Policy Question: Canada’s Ports

Posted 2012-01-18 by Harbour Link in opinion

We are often asked who is responsible to ensure that Canada’s Ports are cost and performance competitive and are operated in a manner to optimize the movement of Canada’s international trade for the benefit of all importers and exporters. Why the Question: The question flows from the ongoing challenges being experienced at the Port of Vancouver with respect to achieving the efficient and cost ...

Fourth Update of the Implementation of the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI) by Port Metro Vancouver Container Terminal Operators

Posted 2011-12-29 by Harbour Link in opinion

We are pleased to advise that on December 28, 2011 both TSI and DP World announced that they have incorporated a 1600 hour prior day cancellation of a reservation without penalty into the TGCI. If a reservation is not cancelled prior to 1600 hours the day before the reservation date, or is not utilized, only then will a penalty apply. TSI also reduced their reservation appointment window fr...

Third Update of the Implementation of the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI) by Port Metro Vancouver Container Terminal Operators

Posted 2011-12-29 by Harbour Link in opinion

Since our last update (issued in October) about the implementation of the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI), Harbour Link has continued to work closely with the BCTA and the stakeholder alliance (“the Alliance”) comprised of The Chamber of Shipping (representing shipping lines) and the Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition (representing forest products exporters). The Alliance has co...

Second Update of the Implementation of the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI) by Port Metro Vancouver Container Terminal Operators

Posted 2011-10-25 by Harbour Link in opinion

Since our last update (issued in August) about the implementation of the gate compliance initiative by the Vancouver container terminal operators, Harbour Link has continued to work closely with the BCTA to achieve an accord with the terminal operators that will help expedite the seamless flow of container truck traffic at the Gateway. Thanks to the BCTA, who are working in association with th...

Solutions For Mitigating Growing Traffic Congestion

Posted 2011-09-17 by Harbour Link in opinion

Port of Vancouver’s present annual container volume of 2.5 million TEU is forecast to double by 2020 to 5 million TEU per annum. Most of this growth will occur at Roberts Bank where Deltaport is located. In this context, Roberts Bank is presently being planned by PMV to accommodate a second terminal (T2) to raise the container traffic volume at Roberts’s Bank to between 4 & 5 million TEU per ...

Progress of Changes To Implementation of the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI) by PMV Container Terminal Operators

Posted 2011-08-25 by Harbour Link in opinion

This is a follow up to our previous blog regarding the announcement by Port Metro Vancouver’s container terminal operators to implement reservation fees and penalties for missed and/or cancelled reservations. Thanks to the collective efforts of port stakeholder groups, which resulted in direct dialogue with Port Metro Vancouver’s container terminal operators to discuss our collective concern...

Container Terminal Operators at Port of Vancouver to Impose Reservation Fees & Penalties - Effective September 1, 2011

Posted 2011-07-15 by Harbour Link in opinion

How will this impact you and the cost of doing business at the Port of Vancouver? “Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway” On June 3rd 2011 Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Terminal Operators announced the implementation of reservation fees and penalties for missed and/or cancelled reservations. The new initiative is referred to as the Terminal Gate Compliance Initiative (TGCI) and its stated goal is...

The Growing Challenges of Port of Vancouver's Reservation System

Posted 2011-07-15 by Harbour Link in opinion

Our Thoughts Regarding Improvements to the Current Reservation System The limitations of the reservation systems at the Port Metro Vancouver Gateway are creating growing challenges for the trucking sector to secure timely reservations to facilitate the seamless flow of containerized cargo in and out of the port. The challenges include: 1. The frequent inability to secure reservations t...

Container Trucking Specialists

Posted 2011-04-10 by Harbour Link in none

Harbour Link specializes in providing the best and most reliable container transport services within the regional area of the Port of Vancouver. We champion a focused commitment to using “Industry Best Practices” to achieve superior customer service, on time service reliability and the seamless integration of our services within the shipment chain to improve service performance and econom...

Harbour Link Provides the Solution to Achieving Seamless Supply Chains

Posted 2011-04-10 by Harbour Link in opinion

Harbour Link is the only truck carrier with its own container terminal that enables customers to pre-stage import cargo to coincide seamlessly with their production/cargo flow requirements. By integrating container terminal and trucking services, Harbour Link is able to provide the solution to prevent disruptions to supply chains caused by the limited days and hours the Port’s container t...