Thursday, October 11, 2012

Breakbulk Americas 2012

October 11, 2012 – The ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour have representation in Houston, Texas this week for Breakbulk Americas 2012, the largest event in North America for companies involved in moving heavy-lift, project and traditional breakbulk cargoes.

With more than $100 billion worth of major projects underway in Atlantic Canada, the ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour are well positioned to handle project-related cargo.

"Major investment is expected in our region in the coming years and Halifax and Sheet Harbour are in a great strategic position to handle the associated breakbulk and project cargo opportunities," said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development for the Halifax Port Authority.

"Breakbulk Americas provides an opportunity to highlight the emerging opportunities in Atlantic Canada in oil and gas, power generation and major projects."

Recent facility enhancements, including the ongoing expansion of Richmond Terminals, have readied the Port of Halifax to accommodate more breakbulk activity. The HPA also recently took over operations of the Port of Sheet Harbour, which offers an abundance of laydown area for heavy lift and project cargoes, as well as easy truck access to major centres in North America.

The HPA is attending as part of a group representing Canada’s Atlantic Gateway, which also includes the ports of Saint John, Belledune, Corner Brook and St. John’s. An estimated 230 exhibitors and 3,500 attendees are expected at the four-day event, which runs from Oct. 8-11 at the George R. Brown Convention Centre, Houston, TX.