GCT Deltaport in the Port of Vancouver has handled a 13,200 teu vessel, the largest ship to visit Canada.
The Hapag-Lloyd “Antwerpen Express” was deployed as part of THE Alliance’s Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service.
The vessel is the first of a progressive ship upsizing for the service, which also offers an improved environmental footprint according to a statement from the terminal.
GCT Deltaport is the Antwerpen Express’s first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo- Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).
The facility has recently completed major construction on its C$280m (US$204m) intermodal yard reconfiguration project that increases rail capacity by over 50% within the existing footprint.
Wolfgang Schoch, senior vice president of Hapag-Lloyd (Canada), said: “Our dedicated PN3 shuttle service is a competitive East West product with short transit times.
“Working together with our supply chain partners, through this facility our cargo reaches more than 20 destinations across Canada and the US Midwest.”
John Brooks, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer at Canadian Pacific (CP), a transcontinental railway in Canada and the US, stated that the improvements at GCT Deltaport could help to unlock future international intermodal growth.
The railway offers the “fastest service from Vancouver to Minneapolis, Chicago and beyond,” he added.
JJ Ruest, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Canadian National Railway Company (CN), said: “We welcome THE Alliance’s new import service to Vancouver.
“We provide truck and rail options to efficiently move freight from the port and GCT facilities to final destinations from Toronto to Detroit to Chicago to Memphis and beyond.”