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Philip Davies to speak at Transpacific Maritime Conference

Does your port need a solution to the turn time crises? Drawing on his research on mandatory truck appointment systems at port terminals Mr. Phil Davies will speak on solutions and best practices at the 2016 Transpacific Maritime Conference (TMC) in Long Beach, California on February 29.  Phil has led or participated in eight studies related to port trucking at the Port of Vancouver. He has conducted comparative research on container terminal appointment systems in Australia, the UK, the Port of Vancouver and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He was Director of Research for the federal-provincial Port Trucking Task Force examining industrial relations and port efficiency following the 2005 trucking strike at the Port of Vancouver.  Contact Mr. Davies at psdavies@daviestranscon.com or see the TMC session agenda available at http://events.joc.com/tpm2016/monday-february-29-2016/

Philip Davies presented a paper on Port Congestion and Drayage Efficiency at the 6th METRANS International Urban Freight Conference in Long Beach, California on October 23, 2015. The paper was co-written with Michael E Kieran CMC, CMILT Transportation Consulting Principal IBI Group. Port congestion and drayage efficiency issues have re-emerged as major challenges for U.S. container ports with the recovery of container traffic to previous peaks. Similar problems were encountered much earlier at the Port of Vancouver. Maintaining fluidity of terminal operations with these higher throughput levels required significant changes to terminal operations, including the displacement of non-essential activities to off-dock sites and implementation of technology including truck reservation systems.  These changes resulted in significantly higher drayage costs. This paper highlights research conducted by the authors on the impact of “densification”  of  port container terminals on the drayage sector and the short and long term responses of the logistics system to higher drayage costs. Port Congestion and Drayage Efficiency (.5 Mb PDF)

Philip Davies made a webcast presentation on the Impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on Trade Flows and Intermodal Carriers (9Mb PDF) to BMO Capital Markets institutional investors on January 9, 2014. The presentation builds on previous research on West Coast port competitiveness to analyze the impact of the Panama Canal expansion on cargo routing, shipping costs, and major North American Class 1 railways. Based on analysis of recent trends in shipping costs and port market shares, and potential shipping cost reductions estimated by the Panama Canal Authority, expansion of the canal could result in significant diversion of cargo from West Coast ports. This is likely to have a negative impact on Western US Class 1 railways. For Eastern US Class 1 railways, the impact will depend on their ability to improve their competitiveness with trucking for port traffic. Canadian Class 1 railways are unlikely to be significantly affected.

Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. recently completed a Labour Force Profile of Port Drayage Drivers in Metro Vancouver for Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table. The project was carried out in cooperation with Darryl Anderson of Wave Point Consulting and R.A. Malatest and Associates of Victoria. Intercept surveys were undertaken at the four container terminals in the Lower Mainland to gather data on employment history, compensation and expenses, driver attitudes towards employment in the industry, and driver demographics. Analysis included comparison with previous studies at US ports, evaluation of the impact of age, experience, employment status and union membership on compensation levels, assessment of efficiency and costs, and identification of emerging issues.

Philip Davies presented a paper on Market Segmentation and Competitiveness for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach at the 5th METRANS International Urban Freight Conference in Long Beach, California on October 9, 2013. The paper includes a detailed analysis of trends in the market share of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for containerized Asian imports over the last decade, and a case study on trends in auto parts imports. The presentation was reported in the October 11 issue of the Journal of Commerce (“Rising Costs Push Down LA-LB Market Share”).

Philip Davies presented a paper on Container Terminal Reservation Systems – Design and Performance at the 5th METRANS International Urban Freight Conference in Long Beach, California on October 8, 2013. The paper analyzes reservation systems for trucks at container terminals in Port Botany, Australia; Southampton, UK; Vancouver, BC; and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The presentation was reported in the October 9 issue of the Journal of Commerce (“Financial Penalties Seen as “Most Effective” in Cutting Truck Turn Times”).


  • Economics & Logistics

    From ocean ports through railroads, trucking and intermodal facilities, Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. has explored the issues, costs and opportunities in development, improvement and maintenance.

  • Social Impacts

    Transportation employs a significant part of a port population. Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. explores how changes to transportation infrastructure and technology can have a major impact on employee wages and working conditions, and other effects on the community.

  • Environmental Issues

    Long term planning is essential to business and communities. The transportation industry, as part of its long term planning, must be aware of the environmental impact of day-to-day operations as well as planned improvements.

  • Technology

    Financial and operation efficiency is dependent on the effective use of technology. Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. has explored wireless communication in port facilities and industrial database development.

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