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Halterm Announces Further Investment in Halifax

[ February 2, 2016   //   ]

As a further demonstration of its confidence in the future of Halifax, Halterm Container Terminal Limited has announced another significant investment in upgraded equipment at its international container terminal facility in the Port of Halifax.

Halterm CEO & Managing Director, Ashley Dinning, reported that the company had committed an additional $4.5 million to new equipment this year. Just two years ago the company committed $20 million to the purchase of two super post panamax cranes, which are now a dominant feature of the Halifax skyline.

“There are no operational, navigational or nautical restrictions to ships calling Halterm, which means we can handle the biggest container ships ever likely to call East Coast North America now and into the future,” Dinning said. “The more we invest in upgraded equipment, the more we can guarantee our customers efficient and reliable service, which spins off into economic advantages to Halterm and the entire province.”

Halterm has already placed an order for the equipment, which will arrive in Halifax in May and June 2016.

The first to arrive – in May – will be three front end loaders (FELs), used for container handling in the yard and on rail and eight intermodal Terminal Tractors to be used for hauling containers on trailers from ships to the yard and rail and vice versa.

In June, five Ro-Roterminal tractors will be delivered. These will be used to drive trailers into and out of ships’ holds via ramps.

The three front end loaders will augment existing container handling equipment, which includes five rubber tired gantries and seven front end loaders. Two of the existing FELs will be retired shortly after the new equipment is commissioned.

The terminal tractors will replace existing equipment, to enhance availability and reliability of service.

According to Dinning, the new equipment features modern diagnostic and safety features, including speed governors, cab protection, LED lighting, cold weather heaters for the machines and operators, all of which he said would enhance the safety and comfort of team members, thus contributing to greater service efficiency.