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20 The Journal of Commerce | October 15 2018 www.joc.com Ports of the Americas Special Report to 2.4 million TEU, Waltz said. In addition to handling larger ships, the expansion and densifica- tion project will facilitate a faster recovery from disruptive events, such as last winter's snow and cold weather that resulted in terminal congestion and a doubling of con- tainer dwell times to six days or more. Dwell times recovered to three days or less this spring, but an early start to the peak shipping season in the eastbound Pacific caused dwell times to increase beginning in July. For the week of Sept. 21, dwell times at GCT Deltaport returned to the "red zone" of five to seven days, according to the port of Vancouver website. The reconfiguration project has increased GCT Deltaport's surge capacity so it can recover quickly from seasonal or unexpected events. GCT Deltaport handles about 34,000 feet of intermodal train movements a day. If there is a spike in volume during peak season, or a container capacity. It was limited by rail," said Eric Waltz, president of GCT Canada. Volume in the first half of 2018 rose 5 percent to a record 1.64 million TEU, according to the port. By increasing surge capacity and making the transfer of containers between ships and trains more effi- cient, the $300 million, semi-auto- mated operation will allow GCT Del- taport to handle growing container volumes, and to recover more quickly from events such as the disruptions from severe weather that compro- mised performance at Canada's Pacific Coast ports last winter. About 70 percent of Vancouver's imports and 55 percent of total con- tainer volume move by rail. By boost- ing the efficiency of the rail facility with the installation of eight semi- automated cranes and expanding rail- yard capacity 50 percent to 1.9 million TEU a year, the project will increase GCT Deltaport's overall container throughput capacity by 30 percent, Completed GCT Deltaport rail project deepens Vancouver's reach By Bill Mongelluzzo GCT DELTAPORT WENT live with its intermodal yard expansion project designed to improve productivity, increase safety, and expand the capacity of rail operations at Vancou- ver's largest container terminal at GCT Deltaport. Vancouver, Canada's largest con- tainer port, until now has been limit- ed in its capacity to grow because of a shortage of surge capacity at its rail operations, which serve eastern Can- ada and the US Midwest. "Deltaport has the berth and container yard The project will increase GCT Deltaport's overall container throughput capacity by 30 percent to 2.4 million TEU. Port of Vancouver/ William Jans

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