The total cost of these two systems is estimated at C$660,000 (US$655,000); the port is providing the remaining funding towards the completion of these projects.
With larger ships accessing the port, there is a need to continuously monitor vessel clearances under each of the harbour bridges. The upgrading and enhancing of the bridge air gap system will enable the port to identify the exact ship clearance, thereby preventing delays.
In addition, the investment will ultimately help reduce levels of emissions and fuel usage, ensuring the safety of the bridges and increased efficiency and safety for port users.
“A strong and efficient transportation sector is critical to Canada’s future economic growth. I am proud that our government has supported these projects, which will improve the efficiency of the supply chain, reduce costs, and increase the satisfaction of customers moving goods through Atlantic ports,” said Minister MacKay. “Ultimately, these will increase safe, efficient and reliable traffic flows while reducing environmental impacts.”
“Advanced technologies make it possible to improve operational safety, security, efficiency and environmental responsibility without changing the existing infrastructure,” said Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority.
“We look forward to working with our stakeholders to identify technologies that can improve operations, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction. The integrated port logistics system will use a market-driven approach to prioritise solutions, define business requirements and develop and market the technologies,” he added.