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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Eimskip sees major growth opportunities for its Halifax hub

By Tom Peters

Icelandic shipping line Eimskip is increasing its service through the Port of Halifax by nearly 60 per cent, says Jeff Simms, Managing Director, Eimskip Canada, Inc. Simms says Eimskip will increase its calls into Halifax from 21 to 35 annually. The increase has been generated by an increase in business through Portland, Me.

Eimskip’s Green Line, which calls North America, channels cargo from Portland, Halifax and Argentia (Nfld) through Reykjavik where it will be now transloaded for markets in Europe, Greenland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.

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DP World inaugurates operations in Saint John, NB

By Tom Peters

DP World’s success in the port of Saint John will be a twofold strategy, taking a value-added approach while building container volumes, says Curtis Doiron.

Dubai-based DP World, which operates over 75 marine and inland container terminals on six continents, officially took over the operation of Saint John’s Rodney Terminal, under a 30-year lease, in January, 2017. The terminal is in the early stages of a multi-year, $205-million expansion which, when complete, will allow for the berthing of larger ships. In addition to the container facility, DP World also took over the operations of Saint John’s Navy Island Terminal, which at one time handled various breakbulk cargoes and now handles bulk products such as salt and petroleum coke (petcoke) for NB Power.

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