PortandTerminal.com, October 23, 2020
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – It’s been a very good week at the Port of Halifax. On Thursday the port released strong third-quarter cargo results. Containerized throughput for Q3 was up by over 16%. Non-containerized tonnage was up by a whopping 114%. Granted, a big part of those increases were due to cargo being diverted to Halifax during the Montreal port strike, but not all of it. Like many ports in North America, Halifax is also benefiting from a surge of Asian imports.
To wind up the week on a positive note, the Port hosted a press conference today to officially announce the completion of the deep water berth extension project.
With the extension project finished, the South End Container Terminal operated by PSA Halifax now has the longest and deepest container berth in Eastern Canada with 800 metres (2,625 ft) continuous length and 16 metres (52.5 feet) depth.
The first vessel to call on this expanded piece of critical infrastructure,
operated by PSA Halifax, is the Zim Tarragona which arrived on October 23, 2020.
The recent installation of a new Super Post-Panamax (SPPX) crane, the largest in Eastern Canada, brings the total compliment of SPPX quay cranes at PSA Halifax to five. Vessels over 15,000 TEU already calling further show how the Port of Halifax is a significant player amongst East Coast deep
water ports and is taking part in the growing deployment of Ultra-Class Container Vessels.
“PSA Halifax handles the largest container vessels calling at any port in Canada and with the opening of the berth extension we have the capability to berth two ultra-class vessels simultaneously, or three vessels on the strategically important Mediterranean, North Europe and Regional trades that support Atlantic Canadian exporters and deliver for those global Ocean Carriers that frequent our terminal,” said Kim Holtermand, CEO & Managing Director, PSA Halifax.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the press had an opportunity for some Q&A with Halifax Port Authority CEO and President, Capt. Allan Gray. We asked Capt. Gray for his thoughts on the continuing crew change crisis in global shipping. The question struck close to home for him.
Captain Gray’s career at sea spanned over 20 years, the last 10 years which were spent on LPG Tankers with Bergesens of Norway.
“We rely on these men and women to keep our supply chain moving. The conditions that they are enduring month after month is completely unacceptable” he said. Gray expressed his solidarity with his fellow seafarers and called on governments around the world to do more. He also expressed his concern for the ability of the shipping industry to attract young people to a career as a seafarer as they witness the ongoing crisis.
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