Halifax reveals mega capacity expansion plans

Port of Halifax The Port of Halifax says it needs the capacity to berth at least two ultra-class ships. Credit Pixabay
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The Halifax Port Authority has revealed a plan to expand its South End container terminal to accommodate more mega ships and remain competitive as ships get bigger.

Capacity is needed to berth at least two ultra-class ships, so the port will work with Halterm Container Terminal Ltd from the first quarter of 2019 to temporarily expand its capacity at the South End terminal to berth and service a second ultra-class vessel, said Lane Farguson, communications advisor at the port. Phase one is due to be completed in 2020 and will be paid for by the port, which expects the expansion to cost CAD$35m.

Phase two of the South End development will see expansion to the north as the port explained: “Expanding our infrastructure at the South End Container Terminal will provide the space we need to accommodate the biggest ships, with room for equipment and connections to road and rail.

“By expanding the South End Container Terminal to the north we will be able to limit construction to our existing property and minimize disruption to our neighbors (sic).”

Traffic management

To handle any increased truck traffic the port plans to work with its partners to explore potential short-term solutions including collecting data through its port operations centre to map container truck flows to avoid peak congestion times.

The port stressed that it is currently the only Canadian port on the Atlantic coast with the ability to handle the next generation of vessels calling North America.

“If Halifax is unable to accommodate two ultra-class vessels, the Canadian supply chain will increasingly depend on US ports,” it warned.

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