PortandTerminal.com, March 21, 2020
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – The Port of Halifax has received its largest vessel call to date. The CMA CGM T. Jefferson, 1,200 feet in length, 157 feet beam and 14,414 TEU capacity, arrived at PSA Halifax at approximately 5:00 p.m. ADT.
The vessel’s arrival is a very big deal for the Port of Halifax, its workers and the city at large. Like ports cities everywhere, Halifax is on edge as the COVID-19 pandemic interrupts the normal flow of cargo globally.
As of March 21, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no container vessel diversions, no container vessel arrival/departure berth congestion and no reported labour shortages among the terminals, pilots, tugs or marine traffic control. CN Rail is providing daily intermodal service in Canada and the U.S. Midwest.
“The arrival of the first vessel over 14,000 TEU is a significant milestone for all of the partners that make up the Port of Halifax and the larger port city community,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority.
“Anytime a containerized cargo ship calls on Halifax it means labour hours for those working the vessel, it means opportunity for cargo owners moving goods through our gateway, and the fact that this is the largest container vessel to call on Halifax to date underscores our position and reputation as an efficient and reliable deep-water international gateway port.”
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