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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Nova Cold Logistics a vital enabler of Nova Scotia’s food export industries

Nova Cold Logistics a vital enabler of Nova Scotia’s food export industries

By Tom Peters

At Nova Cold Logistics there is always a chill in the air. It’s been that way for a quarter of a century. Nova Cold operates approximately 150,000 square feet of cold storage space in three facilities, two of which are located in Burnside Industrial Park and the third in the Halifax Gateway Logistics Park, all in Dartmouth, NS.

In 2015, Nova Cold (formerly Brookfield Cold Storage, Calgary) gained a presence in Nova Scotia with the purchase of Nova Cold Storage, adding an Atlantic Canada location to its operations in Central and Western Canada.

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Tropical Shipping a key link between Eastern Canada and the Caribbean

Tropical Shipping a key link between Eastern Canada and the Caribbean

By Tom Peters

Tropical Shipping, which began service through Port of Halifax in January of this year, will introduce two new vessels into its fleet in 2018 increasing its capability to move temperature controlled cargo. Tropical moved to Halifax from Saint John and provides weekly service to Florida, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

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Halifax is Nova Scotia’s cool cargo hub

By Tom Peters

Maintaining the quality of imported wine and beer is an absolute necessity for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), and is one of the reasons NSLC relies on the cool supply chain through Port of Halifax. “Of the 890 containers last year with shipments of wine, beer and spirits, 197 or 22 per cent, were insulated and 196 were reefer containers,” said Beverley Ware, NSLC’s Communications Advisor. She said the insulated and reefer containers carry beer and wine from such countries as Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

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Nova Scotia’s Nautical Institute has been training young men and women for careers at sea for over 140 years

By Tom Peters

Part of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the Nautical Institute, originally started in Halifax in 1872 as the Halifax Marine School, is located in Port Hawkesbury on the Strait of Canso and draws students from all over the world.

The face of the commercial marine industry has changed drastically in the past several years with ships’ sizes of both container vessels and bulk carriers reaching levels not anticipated 30 years ago, and with the constant evolution of technology.

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