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GCT Deltaport welcomes largest vessel to call Canada

/EINPresswire.com/ -- DELTA, BC--(Marketwired - May 08, 2017) - On Friday, GCT Canada welcomed the largest container vessel to call the country at GCT Deltaport, located in the Port of Vancouver. The Hapag-Lloyd 13,200 TEU "Antwerpen Express" has been deployed as part of THE Alliance's Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service. The Hamburg class vessel is the first of a progressive ship upsizing for the service. Not only will this new fleet of vessels offer more slots for importers and exporters to grow in the market, but it will do so with an improved environmental footprint.

GCT Deltaport hosts the largest ships to call the Port of Vancouver. The facility has recently completed major construction on its $280 million Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration project that increases rail capacity by over 50% within the existing footprint, enabling even better handling of big ship surge volumes. GCT Deltaport is the Antwerpen Express's first-port-of-call directly from the Far East (Hong Kong-Yantian-Ningbo-Shanghai-Pusan-Vancouver).

"Our dedicated PN3 shuttle service is a competitive East West product with short transit times," stated Wolfgang Schoch, Senior Vice President of Hapag-Lloyd (Canada). "Working together with our supply chain partners, through this facility our cargo reaches more than 20 destinations across Canada and the US Midwest."

Collaboration amongst CN, Canadian Pacific (CP), and GCT Canada has improved rail transit times.

"CP is proud of its relationship with GCT Canada and Hapag-Lloyd, and looks forward to unlocking future international intermodal growth as a result of the improvements at GCT Deltaport," said John Brooks, CP's Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. "CP's customers enjoy the fastest service from Vancouver to Minneapolis, Chicago and beyond and in close collaboration with our supply chain partners, we will continue to leverage our competitive advantage."

"CN's vast network connects the Canadian West Coast Gateway to the largest number of destinations across Canada and the United States and is big ship and big alliance ready," said JJ Ruest, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at CN. "We welcome THE Alliance's new import service to Vancouver. Our service level agreements with ports and partners across North America have created the fastest and most reliable supply chain from Asia to our customers' front doors. We provide truck and rail options to efficiently move freight from the port and GCT facilities to final destinations from Toronto to Detroit to Chicago to Memphis and beyond."

"GCT Deltaport is purpose-built to handle rail cargo seamlessly," said Eric Waltz, President of GCT Canada. "With the terminal's process innovation, efficient equipment and design, beneficial cargo owners calling GCT Deltaport will experience the lowest rail dwells in the industry."

To learn about the GCT Deltaport project, visit www.globalterminalscanada.com/#c3.

About GCT Global Container Terminals Inc.
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. operates four Green Marine certified terminals in two principal North American ports. Through GCT USA on the East Coast, the company operates two award-winning facilities: GCT New York on Staten Island, NY and GCT Bayonne in Bayonne, NJ. On the West Coast, GCT Canada operates two gateway terminals: GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport in Vancouver and Delta, BC. Visit www.globalterminals.com or follow us @BigShipReady to find out more about GCT.

About Hapag-Lloyd
With a fleet of 166 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 963,000 TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world's leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 9,400 employees at 366 sites in 121 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of 1.6 million TEU -- including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 128 liner services worldwide ensure fast, reliable connections between all the continents. Hapag-Lloyd is one of the leading operators in the Transatlantic, Latin America and Intra-America trades.

About CN Rail
CN is a true backbone of the economy that transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN -- Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the Company's website at www.cn.ca.

About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit www.cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

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For more information:
Louanne Wong
Global Container Terminals
T +1 604 267 5102
media@globalterminals.com

Nils Haupt
Hapag-Lloyd AG
T +49 40 3001 2529
presse@hlag.com

Patrick Waldron
CN
T +1 514 399 8803
patrick.waldron@cn.ca

Jeremy Berry
CP
T +1 403 319 6227
jeremy_berry@cpr.ca