Halterm Container Terminal orders additional equipment to strengthen its Halifax capabilities

Halterm Container Terminal has announced it has acquired a ZPMC Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore container gantry crane and associated lifting equipment, together with container yard equipment, including two Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes and nine Terminal Tractors and Trailers, with an option to extend procurement to a further Ship-to-Shore crane in 2019.

The new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore crane, due to arrive June 2020, will offer enhanced outreach (24-wide) and height, capable of spanning the largest vessels being deployed on North America’s east coast and will be added to Halterm’s main berth alongside four existing Super Post-Panamax units and one Panamax unit. (more…)

Port of Trois Rivières commits $2.5 million for environmental protection and innovation

As part of its On Course for 2030 objectives, Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) has established two investment funds totalling $2.5 million over five years.

TRPA’s Environment Fund aims to support users’ investments in solutions that will improve the Port’s environmental performance. Through this initiative, TRPA wishes to support the implementation of projects, and enable them to be carried out earlier. Shippers no longer choose a port solely on the basis of its productivity, but also judge on the basis of its environmental performance. Environmental protection and economic development go hand in hand!,” explains Gaétan Boivin, the Port’s President and CEO. (more…)

Ports of Thunder Bay and Hamilton diversifying their customer base

Ports of Thunder Bay and Hamilton diversifying their customer base

By Alex Binkley

Grain shipments have long been the staple business of the port of Thunder Bay, and the port of Hamilton is well known for its connection with the city’s steel industry. While those commodities will remain important to their financial health in the future, the two Port Authorities have been working to diversify their customer bases and in recent months have landed federal support for expansion projects.

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B.C. Ferries to spend $1.1 billion to “future-proof” terminals

B.C. Ferries to spend $1.1 billion to “future-proof” terminals

By Keith Norbury

B.C. Ferry Services Inc., which operates 47 ferry terminals on coastal B.C., plans to spend $1.1 billion upgrades to those facilities over the next 12 years. That’s 27 per cent of a $3.9 billion capital plan that B.C. Ferry Commission signed off on in late 2018. It’s also significantly more than the 21.4 per cent of the capital total of $2.915 billion allocated in the preceding 12-year capital plan from fiscal 2004 to 2018.

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Vancouver terminal expansion happening against a backdrop of increasing land shortage

Vancouver terminal expansion happening against a backdrop of increasing land shortage

By R. Bruce Striegler

Vancouver is the third-largest container port in North America and the 47th-largest in the world. It accounted for 42 per cent of the cargo handled by all Canadian ports in 2017, generating revenues of $250 million and handling $100 billion worth of container cargo each year which is expected to triple by 2030. However, there is rising concern within real estate circles and the marine shipping industry: the region does not have enough industrial land with access to both rail and water. Existing terminals have been keeping up with the capacity demands, but if growth continues at the existing pace, and without additional container terminal capacity, the fear is that B.C. ports will lose their competitive edge with more global shipping lines diverting imports and exports through competing American West Coast, Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard ports. Port of Vancouver estimates that the additional cost to Canadian importers and exporters to move goods through the U.S. would be $80 million annually, starting in 2030. In the first half of 2018, the Port hit record container volumes of 1.64 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) – a five per cent increase in volume over 2017, with export traffic up by 6.6 per cent, and imports up by 3.7 per cent.

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