VANCOUVER, B.C.–Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Vessel On Time Performance Incentive Program took home the CIFFA “Forwarders Celebrating Associates” award for Excellence in Innovation on Friday, September 26. This year, the awards focused on industry’s contribution to the marine community.
Through a combination of transparency reporting and wharfage reductions, Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Vessel On Time Performance Incentive Program recognizes container vessel operators that arrive within +8 hours of their berth window start, thereby contributing to overall supply chain consistency. In 2013, the program resulted in a ten percentage point increase in vessel on time performance on aggregate across the Gateway, said the port.
“The noticeable increase in operational efficiency speaks to the success of the program and the willingness of our carriers to cooperate with other supply chain partners and service providers,” said Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Port Metro Vancouver. “We appreciate the support of our container line customers for their commitment to on time performance. This award belongs to all of us.”
In 2013, five shipping lines achieved an on-time performance of more than 85 per cent of their annual vessel calls: APL, CMA CGM, Maersk Line, Mitsui OSK Line and OOCL. The Vessel On Time program paid out $2.8 million in wharfage reductions to ten qualifying carriers in 2013.