July 20, 2021 – The Port of Vancouver issued the following update yesterday. Temperatures in the southeastern part of the province will continue to be hot and above seasonal numbers. Wildfire activity in the B.C. interior is expected to continue, with impacts to rail operations. Over the weekend (July 17), a fire at Tremont Creek shut down CN and CP traffic briefly, for an hour and half.
At the time of this update, reports indicate that both CN and CP lines are operational, with an increase in rail activity over the past few days. Operations may be subject to temporary stoppages due to spot fires. Both lines continue to operate under Ministerial Order (MO) 21-06 requirements, which include targeted speed restrictions, increased equipment inspections, and staging and deployment of additional fire prevention equipment. All anchorage class assignments are experiencing heightened demand, and availability in both port jurisdiction and the Southern Gulf Islands is very limited at the moment. All English Bay anchorages are full and Southern Gulf Islands have 10 anchorages remaining. The vessel arrival board continues to be busy and we have multiple vessels all over 260 m in length arriving over the next 3 days.