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.

“We have re-focused the terminal to ensure that we not only meet existing customer requirements, but have a credible plan to realize future growth.” said Kim Holtermand, CEO & Managing Director at Halterm. “Today, we demonstrate again that we will deliver on our plans at the waterfront, in concrete and steel, to ensure that Halterm Container Terminal stays ahead of customer demand and maintains the flexibility at three deep-water berths to deliver world-class service for vessels from feeders to the Ultra-class.”

The equipment further supports Halifax Port Authority’s on-going development of Halterm Container Terminal’s deep-water main berth to 800 metres in length. Holtermand adds, “For example, the new berth extension will allow Halterm to handle two Ultra Class vessels , while recent container yard expansion and inland rail initiatives with CN provide highly efficient low impact through-port container movements. The cranes and support equipment are key to the terminal’s unique position as Eastern Canada’s ‘Ultra-vessel’ container gateway.”

On January 12 Halterm Container Terminal received Halifax’s largest container ship to date, 364m long, 11,400 TEU CMA CGM Libra, on its Ocean Alliance South Asia-Halifax weekly service.