The CN and CP rail lines from Kamloops to Vancouver are currently operating under Ministerial Order (MO) 21-06 requirements, which include targeted speed restrictions, increased equipment inspections, and fire prevention measures. Temperatures in the high 30s across southern BC remain throughout the weekend, keeping the risk of wildfires high. The evolving fire situation may result in temporary stoppages to rail operations.
The Port of Vancouver continues to experience a high level of on-dock cargo. Last week, import rail footage was at the highest level since rail closures began in early July. Processed railcar volumes to-and-from the coast remain lower than average, but consistent.
The provincial state of emergency effective July 21, 2021 will remain in place until August 4, 2021 and applies to the entire province of B.C. The initial 14-day period may be extended or rescinded as conditions require.
All anchorage class assignments continue to experience heightened demand and there is sufficient supply to accommodate existing requests.