Business, Freight News, Sea

Strong partnerships, strategic investment at Port of Halifax

[ January 20, 2023   //   ]

In 2022, the Port of Halifax crossed the 600,000 TEU annual throughput threshold for the first time. Thanks to the 18 ocean carriers and the collective effort of PSA Halifax, CN, the ILA, and with dedicated support from the marine pilots and tug operator, 601,700 TEUs moved through Halifax’s containerized cargo terminals, PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub and PSA Halifax Fairview Cove.
“In 2022, PSA Halifax, CN and the Halifax Port Authority worked together in a collaborative, meaningful way, and the increased throughput volume is a positive outcome of that collaboration,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “In 2022, we started using the Joint Operation Centre for containerized cargo operations. That helped find new efficiencies and maintain cargo fluidity with no vessel berthing delays during a second year of sustained supply chain disruptions.”
“The regional economic impact associated with cargo operations is significant,” said Thomas Hayes, Chair of the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors. “A vibrant and productive port in Halifax means jobs for Atlantic Canadians, market opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and exporters, and supply chain security for Canada.” Importers and exporters across the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario, and the US Midwest all benefit from having easy access to an efficient international gateway served by the world’s largest shipping lines.
“As the supply chain continues to struggle with congestion, the Port of Halifax has demonstrated itself to be an important alternative to help customers reach their markets faster,”
said Jan Van Mossevelde, CEO, PSA Halifax. Investments in priority port infrastructure, digital systems, equipment and people by CN, PSA Halifax, the ILA and the HPA created the
foundation for a very solid year. Halifax regularly handles the largest containerized cargo vessels calling on any Canadian port, massive ships approaching 400 meters overall length with carrying capacity of over 16,000 TEU.
In April, the HPA joined the World Port Climate Initiative (WPCI) as an Incentive Provider with the International Association of Ports and Harbours’ Environmental Ship Index (ESI). The HPA is now offering incentives to container and RoRo vessels that voluntarily register and meet ESI’s requirements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The program has been successful in reducing emissions by 13% on 40% of vessel arrivals.
This year two additional super post-Panamax cranes (SPPX) will arrive at PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub.