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Hapag-Lloyd warns it may bypass Port of Halifax due to rail blockades

PortandTerminal.com, February 21, 2020

Another large shipping line that calls on Halifax is prepared to route cargo away from the city’s port because Indigenous protests have paralyzed the rail system in eastern Canada.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – German-headquartered Hapag-Lloyd told its customers in a notice Wednesday on its website that may bypass the Port of Halifax unless there is a resolution to the ongoing rail stoppages affecting Eastern Canada.

“The blockade in Ontario remains in place, and CN’s Eastern Canadian network is more or less shutdown. A limited number of trains are operating in the Halifax/Montreal corridor. Various options to move /divert cargo out of Halifax are being explored”

Hapag-Lloyd (February 19, 2020)

CN Rail operates the only rail line serving Halifax. Last week, it stopped moving cargo in and out of the Maritimes because of blockades of the main line near Belleville, Ont., by protesters supporting Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to a 400-mile natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.

READ: Canada’s ports and terminals hammered by national rail blockages and shutdown

Yesterday PortandTerminal.com reported that ACL had announced that the shipping line has decided to no longer ship goods to the Port of Halifax while the rail blockades are ongoing. ACL CEO Andrew Abbott said it makes no sense to send goods to a port where they can’t be unloaded and moved by rail to their final destination.

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