All rail access to Port of Vancouver halted because of floods and landslides

Canada’s largest port, Vancouver, is facing additional supply chain problems with the news that on Tuesday November 16th that all rail access had been cut by floods and landslides further to the east. The development could hit exports of grain, coal and potash, as well as container imports. Canada is one of the world’s largest exporters of grain.

Two days of torrential rain in British Columbia has caused major flooding. Rail routes operated by Canadian Pacific Rail and Canadian National Railway were both badly disrupted.

Port spokesperson Matti Polychronis said that “all rail service coming to and from the Port of Vancouver is halted because of flooding in the British Columbia interior”, adding that the floods had also closed numerous highways, including all main routes to Vancouver.

Some areas of British Columbia received eight inches (200mm) of rain on Sunday.

The storms also resulted in a temporary closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which takes crude oil from Alberta to the Pacific Coast and which has a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day.