Building on increased container traffic through 2016 and the first half of 2017, Halterm International Container Terminal, Eastern Canada’s only facility capable to handle ‘Ultra’ class container vessels (10,000+ TEU capacity), will expand its container and reefer handling capabilities, with $10 million of new equipment over the next 12 months. These developments will support the terminal’s existing five ship-to-shore crane operation, providing carriers congestion-free operations over more than a kilometer of quay, at 3 berths between 14-16 metres draft.

Kim Holtermand, CEO, notes “Halterm provides global container carriers with fast and efficient access to eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest.” Holtermand continues, “after significant ship-to-shore crane investments in early 2014, it is the right time to bring on new rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) which will be arriving in February and October of next year.”

Halterm is in the process of optimizing its existing container yard, which involves the removal of three redundant 1970’s era ship-to-shore cranes, and the addition of new reefer capacity – an increase of more than 25 per cent to over 600 reefer plugs.

Holtermand explains, “our five active ship-to-shore cranes, with outreach up to 22 containers wide are in excellent working condition and still under-utilized with current berth commitments. It is the right time to get out ahead of our customer’s service requirements, amid rising volumes and deliver in all areas of the container facility.”

Halterm utilizes mixed equipment assets for stacking – new Konecranes reach-stackers, RTGs and Toplift forklifts. The three new ‘1 over 5’ Konecranes RTGs are to be delivered in 2018. They will span six lanes and allow Halterm to stack containers five-high across import and export zones – an effective increase in yard capacity of 160,000 TEUs, up 40 per cent overall.

Halterm services vessels for Ocean Alliance partners (CMA CGM, Evergreen, Cosco and OOCL), Zim Integrated Shipping, Maersk Line, Tropical Shipping, Eimskip, Melfi, TMSI and weekly domestic service to Newfoundland with Oceanex.

Halterm Container Terminal Ltd is owned and operated by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, a part of the Macquarie Group of Companies.