Short Sea Shipping in Metro Vancouver Short Sea Shipping in Metro Vancouver <div class="ExternalClass0470598896DA4FC89A8FC8D6A9578CEB"><p>​Short Sea Shipping in Metro Vancouver is the latest in our <a href="/services/regional-planning/research-policy-analysis/facts/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Facts and Focus</a> series to address pertinent regional planning issues. In the report, short sea shipping is defined as “the movement of cargo by water over relatively short distances, excluding trans-oceanic voyages”. The expansion of short sea shipping is supported by the federal and provincial governments as an alternative to other modes of freight to reduce air emissions, truck traffic congestion, accidents, and noise.</p><p>Recent interest in the expansion of short sea shipping has focused on intra-regional transportation of containers. This new service could potentially shift traffic from trucks to ships, and reduce traffic congestion by reducing truck trips to port terminals. The limited supply of industrial land in Metro Vancouver is a major constraint on the development of deep sea and short sea terminal facilities and their supporting logistics activities. While expanded short sea shipping could support a more-efficient distribution of industrial land uses in Metro Vancouver, and more intensive industrial activities, the viability of container short sea shipping is currently limited due to capital and operational costs, coordination between shippers and carriers, transit times and reliability, and efficient utilization of infrastructure.</p> </div>|#43c3f653-7096-4b77-bc83-97cb5d7ab958;L0|#043c3f653-7096-4b77-bc83-97cb5d7ab958|Issue 9;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass1731D92A5F0F4B16B08CBFAEB0E00B25"><p>A new Metro Vancouver study explores the potential for expanding short sea shipping as a means to reduce truck traffic and congestion in our region, improve air quality, and relieve pressures on industrial land in the region.</p> </div>