The project involves deepening the berth from 14.5 m to 16 m and extending it to ensure that the terminal and the Port of Halifax remain competitive in attracting containerised cargo.
“The infrastructure project is significant as it means that the Port of Halifax will remain competitive by offering multiple berths that are the deepest on the Eastern Seaboard of North America,” said Karen Oldfield, HPA’s President and CEO. “The investment will ensure that we can compete for all size vessels as a gateway for trade.”
The South End Container Terminal site was chosen 40 years ago as the first common-user container terminal in Canada for its geographic location with unrestricted access from the Atlantic Ocean. This year also marks the 10th year that the terminal was made post-Panamax ready, with two cranes that are capable of handling post-Panamax ships.