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Sydney (N.S.) and Melford still planning to host modern container terminals

By Tom Peters

While there have been no shovels put into the ground yet, developers of the proposed marine container terminals for the Port of Sydney, Cape Breton (Novaporte) and at Melford on the Strait of Canso, continue to work behind the scenes to advance their projects. In both cases, proponents say all they need to start actual construction is to have a major shipping line sign a long-term contract that would guarantee a minimum number of containers to move over the terminals annually. (more…)

PSA sees new opportunities for Halterm

PSA sees new opportunities for Halterm

By Tom Peters

PSA International Pte. Ltd. (PSA), the new owner of Halterm Container Terminal in the port of Halifax, is looking at positioning the terminal as a logistics hub, says David Yang, PSA’s Regional CEO for Europe, Mediterranean and the Americas. PSA recently acquired Halterm from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners of Australia. The company has flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp and has a portfolio that features a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 18 countries. In Canada, PSA also operates Ashcroft Terminal, British Columbia’s largest inland port facility, located about 300 kilometres east of the port of Vancouver. (more…)

Port of Halifax’ Port Operations Centre has become the focal point around the creation of a digital port

Port of Halifax’ Port Operations Centre has become the focal point around the creation of a digital port

By Tom Peters

The Port of Halifax, through the Halifax Port Authority (HPA), is evolving in the digital world. It’s a process that has been ongoing for several years, says Lane Farguson, HPA’s Manager, Media Relations and Communications.

“We have been working on becoming a digital port for more than a few years,” he says. “When we started our initial infrastructure planning process quite a few years ago, we realized then that there was going to be a big shift, not just with the physical infrastructure but with our digital assets as well,” he said, and the HPA took steps at that time “to not only make an infrastructure plan but we also started looking at what steps to we needed to be taking to cover the same thing on the digital front. Over time we have done a lot of different things. We started small but they are all tied together,” he said. (more…)

Cruise industry continues to grow in importance for Halifax local economy

Cruise industry continues to grow in importance for Halifax local economy

By Tom Peters

The Halifax cruise industry continues to sail along nicely with another record year for cruise passengers on the horizon.

A recent study released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 2019 Cruise Trends and State of the Cruise Industry, found 30-million people worldwide will take part in a cruise this year. Over 320,000 of those cruisers are expected to visit Halifax. (more…)

Port of Halifax extending South End Terminal to accommodate larger vessels

Port of Halifax extending South End Terminal to accommodate larger vessels

By Tom Peters

The size of the vessels carrying containerized cargo calling along the East Coast of North America continues to increase. Earlier this year, the Port of Halifax received its largest Ultra-Class vessel so far, the 364-metre CMA CGM Libra, with TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) capacity of 11,400. As the only Canadian East Coast port capable of handling the ultra-class vessels, the Halifax Port Authority is taking the necessary steps to ensure these giants continue to have the space they need when they come calling.

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is moving forward, on schedule, with the construction of an extension to its South End container terminal operated by Halterm. The $35-million project will extend 134 metres and boast a working width of 57 metres. The goal of the extension to the existing terminal is to bring the total berth length to a continuous 800 metres, which will allow the Port of Halifax to accommodate two ultra-class container vessels simultaneously. (more…)

Halterm acquired by PSA International

Halterm acquired by PSA International

By Tom Peters

Halterm Container Terminal at the Port of Halifax has been acquired by one of the world’s leading terminal operators.

Singapore-based PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) announced in early August that it has acquired Halterm from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. The price has not been disclosed.

PSA is a leading global port group with flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp. PSA’s portfolio comprises a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 18 countries. (more…)