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Port of Halifax receives largest containerized cargo vessel to date

[ July 7, 2017   //   ]

The Port of Halifax has received its largest containerized cargo vessel call to date on June 29. The Zim Antwerp is 349 meters in length, and has a 45.6 meter beam and 10,062 TEU capacity. It docked at Halterm International Container Terminal.

“With three services calling on the Port of Halifax, Zim remains committed to serving Canada through the Halifax Atlantic Gateway,” said Volker Kluge, President, Zim Canada.

“At Halterm we have invested and continue to invest in the equipment, people and services required to handle the larger ships that have followed the widening of the Panama Canal,” said Kim Holtermand, Halterm’s CEO. “We have the capability and determination among a dedicated work force to meet the opportunity for growth that these vessels represent in serving eastern Canada and the arrival of the Zim Antwerp at Halterm plays to our strengths as a deep-water, big ship international container terminal.”

The International Longshoremen’s Association Local 269 would also like to welcome the arrival of the new class of vessel to the Port of Halifax. “This is a great day for our members and a good time to recognize the long term commitment of Zim, over forty-five years, to this port and its workforce,” President and Business Agent of ILA Local 269, Kevin Piper said today. “We look forward to working with Zim in this era of mega vessels, and welcome continued growth at Halterm and the flow of benefits to our community.”

“This is a very exciting day for the Halifax port community and for our province,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “With the arrival of the first vessel over 10,000 TEU, Halifax is taking part in the next stage in international shipping along the East Coast of North America. I would like to recognize the hard work of all involved including Halterm, Zim, our rail carrier CN, and the ILA. I would also like to thank the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Atlantic Towing for their dedication to safety in preparing to effectively handle vessels of this size.”