Rail Activity

DTCI completes Logistics Analysis for Wood Products to New Asian Markets Study for Forestry Innovation Investment

Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. (DTCI) was engaged by Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) to increase its understanding of the shipping and logistics options available to industry when approaching new Asian markets including India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. The scope of this project included:

  • Identifying and addressing transportation cost differentials among supply regions in reference to new Asian markets;
  • Optimizing domestic logistics prior to export;
  • Optimizing shipment characteristics and logistics practices to improve the competitiveness of British Columbia lumber exports.

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DTCI completes Metro Vancouver Food Flows Study

DTCI was engaged by Metro Vancouver to conduct a “Food Flow” study to describe how food products move within the region and across regional borders. Consulting team members included Philip Davies, Abra Brynne and Darryl Anderson. The scope of the study included estimation of the volume and value of food imported to and exported from Metro Vancouver; the methods used to transport this food; and the entry/exit locations.

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DTCI completes North Shore Sea Level Rise Port Economic Impact Analysis

The North Shore municipalities in Metro Vancouver including the District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver along with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Squamish First Nation initiated a coordinated risk assessment and climate adaptation planning process to assess the North Shore vulnerability to sea level rise and to identify priority areas for mitigation and risk management. The project was led by Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in water infrastructure engineering services for municipal development based in Burnaby. DTCIwas engaged as a subconsultant to address vulnerability and risk relating to Vancouver Fraser Port Authority properties on the North Shore, and to estimate potential economic impacts of disruptions to the goods movement system. DTCI conducted interviews with all port facility operators in coordination with the Port of Vancouver Engineering and Environment departments to gather information on current terminal operations, planned investments and potential impacts of flooding events based on detailed flood maps for three scenarios ranging from .5 metres to 2 metres of sea level rise.

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DTCI completes Clean Truck Fund Rate Study for Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

DTCI led this project for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to analyze the effects of implementing a Clean Truck Fund Rate (CTFR) on the local drayage market and port traffic. The CTFR will be charged to beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) for each loaded container move by truck if the truck is not compliant with near-zero or zero-emissions standards. The CTFR is a component of Ports’ proposed Clean Trucks Program under the Clean Air Action Plan Update 2017 (CAAP). The study was undertaken in collaboration with Darryl Anderson of Wave Point Consulting of Victoria; Gill Hicks of Gill V. Hicks and Associates of Los Angeles; and Michael Kieran and Melissa Kieran MacDonald of Montreal.

The Port of Los Angeles’ and Port of Long Beach’s (Ports or POLA/POLB) 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update (2017 CAAP Update) committed to a strategy to update the Clean Truck Programs at both ports to build upon the existing, successful programs. The objective of the Ports’ updated Clean Truck Programs, as stated in the 2017 CAAP Update, is to transition the current drayage truck fleet to near-zero technologies in the near-term and ultimately zero-emissions technologies by 2035. A key component of the updated Clean Truck Programs is the implementation of a Clean Truck Fund (CTF) Rate. As proposed in the 2017 CAAP Update, beginning in 2020, a rate is to be charged to the beneficial cargo owners for loaded heavy duty container trucks to enter or exit the ports’ terminals, with rebates for trucks that have CARB-certified low NOx engines or better. The added cost of this CTF Rate is expected to help incentivize the transition of drayage trucks operating at the Ports to cleaner equipment.

DTCI was engaged by the Ports to assesses how a range of potential rates, from $5/TEU to $70/TEU, could: (i) affect the Ports’ economic competitiveness, including the potential for cargo diversion, (ii) impact the drayage industry, and (iii) generate revenue from collection of the rate.

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