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February 25, 2013 8:15 AM, EST

Port of Vancouver Expands GPS Pilot Program

The Port of Vancouver, British Columbia, said it will expand its GPS pilot program as part of its ‘smart fleet’ trucking strategy.

The port, known as Port Metro Vancouver, said it will increase the amount of trucks in the local fleet equipped with GPS to 1,000 from 300, to collect data for better operational planning.

“Data collected from these GPS units will provide valuable information to improve truck routing and improve terminal operations, helping our trucking sector improve its competitiveness while also reducing greenhouse emissions and making the port greener and more efficient,” British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak said in a statement.

The increased use of GPS technology is part of the ports smart fleet plan to improve efficiency and reliability in the container truck sector, the port said.

The plan also calls for the creation of a container drayage leadership team to solve drayage issues and a container vessel on-time program to encourage container vessel operators to arrive on schedule, according to Port Metro Vancouver.