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Wildfires bring train service to and from Canada’s Port of Vancouver to a stop

About 200 fires are currently burning across the province of British Columbia on Canada’s Pacific coast. Two-thirds of the fires are classified as out of control.

In an operations update sent to stakeholders on Monday, the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port, said that all rail service into and out of the Port of Vancouver has been halted as a result of the wildfires. The communication noted that “there are a large number of trains waiting to arrive” at the port.

CN Rail and CP Rail “are working closely with Transport Canada and onsite inspectors to determine the necessary steps to resume safe rail operations,” according to the notice.

The train stoppages are expected to impact terminal operations at the port.

In a notice to customers, CP Rail said customers should continue to expect delays. The railway has issued embargoes for the B.C. interior to manage traffic into the area.

The fires have also forced the closure of a number of major roads in the province.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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