Canada Place Cruise Terminal to Use Facial Biometric Tech to Process Passengers

Canada Place Cruise Terminal to Use Facial Biometric Tech to Process Passengers

The Port of Vancouver is set to be the first seaport in Canada to use facial biometric technology to process cruise passengers, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced June 18. The port authority is working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to launch the technology at the Canada Place cruise terminal, allowing the terminal to completely automate document identity verification checks for cruise passengers needing U.S. admission, including destinations to Alaska, according to the port. “We’re excited to partner with U.S. authorities to implement this state-of-the-art passenger processing technology—which will help us provide a fast, secure and convenient experience…
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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Predicts Robust Cruise Season

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Predicts Robust Cruise Season

With nearly 70,000 passengers set to move through the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver this week, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is anticipating a very busy cruise season this year, especially during the spring and summer months, the agency announced May 8. The cruise season, which lasts through the end of October, is expected to bring about 1.27 million passengers to the terminal, with 329 scheduled cruise ship visits, a 2% increase from 2023’s record of 1.24 million passenger visits, Port Authority data estimates. “We are expecting another exciting season for the award-winning Canada Place cruise…
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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Names Xotta New President-CEO

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Names Xotta New President-CEO

Peter Xotta, the Port of Vancouver’s vice president of operations and supply, has been hired as the new president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the authority announced Dec. 1. After a global search by management consulting firm Korn Ferry, the port authority’s Board of Directors selected Xotta, who had been the port’s vice president of operations and supply chain since October 2021. In that role, he oversaw operations for land and marine, as well as health, safety, security and port and supply chain optimization matters, according to the port authority. He officially takes the reins this week,…
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Vancouver BC Lauds Completed Projects, DP World’s 100th Anniversary

Vancouver BC Lauds Completed Projects, DP World’s 100th Anniversary

May has been a month for celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia, where logistics company DP World and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority celebrated not only a newly completed Centerm Expansion Project at DP World Vancouver, but also the 100th anniversary of the port’s marine terminal operations. DP World teamed with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to finish the Centerm Expansion Project, a $350 million CAD ($260 million U.S.) project to bolster throughput by 60%, with the larger terminal now able to process 1.5 million TEUs annually and add 15% to the terminal’s footprint overall. “The 100th anniversary of terminal operations…
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Canada’s GCT Enters Assets Sale Agreement with CMA CGM

Canada’s GCT Enters Assets Sale Agreement with CMA CGM

Vancouver, British Columbia-based GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. has agreed to sell its U.S.-based terminal assets to container transport company CMA CGM Group, GCT announced Dec. 6. The sale, which is subject to the necessary approval processes, would allow the French shipping company to acquire GCT New York on Staten Island and GCT Bayonne in the Port of New York and New Jersey. This move strengthens CMA CGM Group’s footprint in the U.S., which includes the January acquisition of Fenix Marine Services terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, and complements the company’s “portfolio of five terminal assets” in the…
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