Halterm looks back at a successful year, and invests to increase productivity

By Tom Peters

Big ships, new lines and a 33 per cent increase in cargo marked a stellar 2017 for Halterm Container Terminal Ltd., operator of the South End container terminal at the port of Halifax. Kim Holtermand, Halterm’s CEO and Managing Director, said Halterm’s staff and the ILA workforce, were key to the strong year. “They have met every challenge in 2017 with an open-mind and some seriously hard work, keeping each other safe and keeping our customers in touch with the opportunities that import, export and transshipment connections have via Halterm,” he said.

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Halifax Port Days emphasizes the importance of timely and reliable information to increase port competitiveness

By Tom Peters

A strong collaborative effort between private and public stakeholders is required to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace and there are parts of the supply chain that need innovation and investment to elevate Canada’s ability to compete, said industry leaders at the annual Halifax Port Days.

Expert panelists at the event’s business session, Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, CN; Wolfgang Schoch, Managing Director, Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc.; and Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, Logistec Corporation, agreed there needs to be strategic, not haphazard investment in infrastructure and technology to sustain and improve Canada’s trade competitiveness on the global stage.

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Nova Scotia pulling together to train women and minorities for non-traditional careers in shipbuilding

By Tom Peters

Irving Shipbuilding’s Centre of Excellence (CEC), in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), private industry and other organizations, is bringing a new, diverse group of workers into its shipbuilding hall. In June of this year, 15 women, welders or metal fabricators, graduated from Nova Scotia Community College and were hired by Irving Shipbuilding. A second group of 20 women has completed the 14-week Women Unlimited Partnership program, in preparation for the two-year diploma trades program which begins in September.

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