Keith Ashfield, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, visited Port of Halifax to mark progress on two significant projects. Led by Halifax Port Authority representatives, Minister Ashfield toured the site of the recently completed South End Terminal Expansion project and the construction site of the Richmond Terminals Multipurpose Gateway Improvements project.

“Today we take an important step forward as we celebrate investments in the port of Halifax that will not only improve trade and traffic flows to and from the region’s largest deepwater port, but will also benefit the economy by facilitating trade in the Atlantic region as a whole,” said Minister Ashfield. “Halifax will be able to attract economic opportunities as a result of these improvements to the port. These projects will improve the competitiveness of the Port by facilitating the movement of international trade through the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor. Strategic infrastructure investments like these are key to our Gateway’s success.”

The federal government is contributing up to $17.5 million for the South End Container Terminal project, which will allow Port of Halifax to berth two of the world’s largest ships simultaneously, giving it a competitive advantage in international trade. The government’s contribution of up to $36.5 million to the Richmond Terminals project will upgrade and expand the port’s value-added and breakbulk cargo-handling services.

“Having the right infrastructure is key to being a highly competitive trade gateway,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of Halifax Port Authority. “These terminal enhancements ensure we are able to accommodate future growth of both containerized and breakbulk cargo operations in the Port of Halifax.”