Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Port of Halifax News

March 19, 2013: An email letter from Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

We have some good news to share about the container business at the Port of Halifax. Starting this Spring, the Port will have three new container shipping lines calling with an Asian-Suez service – APL, MOL and Hyundai. With this addition, Halifax will have 10 of the top 15 global carriers providing service in our port.

"Big ships", to a maximum capacity of 10,000 TEUs, will be deployed on this service with exact vessel size and terminal nomination to be soon finalized.

Halifax has been targeting this type of Asian service as part of our container growth strategy. This service plays to our Port’s strengths including transit time advantages via the Suez Canal, deep container berths, rail connectivity to major inland markets, and modern, well-equipped terminals.

Thanks to all Port of Halifax supply chain partners involved in recent years with marketing and developing Halifax as a "big ship" container port. Private and public investments, combined with HPA reinvestment in infrastructure, have positioned Halifax well to tap into the evolving container industry. Today, Asia represents 48% of Halifax’s cargo and we have potential to grow volumes over Asian trade lanes. We are pleased that a Canadian port is included in this new service, which provides Atlantic Canadian and Canadian companies with direct access to the important growth markets in Asia.

As the G6 Alliance finalizes plans for this new Asia Suez express service, we will share more details with customers and port stakeholders.


Karen Oldfield
President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

This message was sent by: Halifax Port Authority, P.O. Box 336, Halifax, NS B3J 2P6