CN and Canadian Pacific (CP) announced an agreement allowing the Deltaport Division of a jointly owned rail subsidiary to manage rail switching operations for CN’s and CP’s intermodal trains at Deltaport, a marine container terminal located at Roberts Bank, 40 kilometers south of Vancouver’s inner harbor.

‘Deltaport Division will streamline the logistics chain at the terminal, generating greater efficiencies in the overall rail and port Operation,’ said Keith Creel, CN executive vice- president, operations. ‘These service and productivity gains support Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway Initiative, which aims to bolster the competitiveness of the nation’s west coast ports.’

CN and CP move approximately 70,000 teus (twenty-foot equivalent containers) into and out of Deltaport each month. Container cars must be switched into the terminal tracks for loading and unloading.

Kathryn McQuade, CP’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, said: ‘More specifically we expect Deltaport Division will enhance the fluidity and capacity of both railways calling at Deltaport and deliver better service to our port and terminal partners within the Pacific Gateway.’

The railways’ Deltaport switching agreement represents another positive development in CP’s and CN’s directional running zone in the Fraser Canyon and Co-Production operating agreements in the greater Vancouver area.