The Halifax Gateway has announced that Halterm has placed an order for Post Panamax cranes.
The Port Authority Announced a year ago that the Acquisition would occur, but no further details were provided at that time..
Details to Follow when Available .
Hot on the Heals of the Port Authorities Land purchase from CN, Work has already begun at Halterm. The new road alignment can be seen, as can the realigned rail sidings. Once this is complete, the new truck marshalling yard and gate complex will be constructed.
The Port Authority has issued some press releases, and purchased some land from CN, But has been relatively quiet on what the plans for Pier 9 are. Most of the statements are that the 9D Section will be improved, and that there may be additional sheds, Rail Access, and the addition of container cranes.
Construction has now begun, with Harbour Development having finished dredging work, and McNally construction now working on the pier. Since Projects of this size require an environmental assessment prior to being approved, I requested a copy from the federal Environment Department.
It Reveals a substantial addition to the pier, stretching from the existing pier 9b/9c junction to the Mackay Bridge. It features On Pier rail, which makes sense, since part of the idea was to perform addtional heavy lift operations from the upgraded pier. Also shown is a new shed, parking lot, and on pier gantry crane. All of this infrastructure really formalizes the use of the pier in recent years, as Jumbo Shipping previously exported Locomotives from pier 9, and Nirint Shipping stopped there as well to perform container operations.
I Asked Several questions of the Port, Specifically if they were owed Money by AFL, or are aware if they are Anyone else was owed money by AFL. A Port Spokesperson provided this responce.
“When a Port customer faces financial difficulties, as is happening with AFL, we will deal directly with the company on any outstanding fees as we may be able to resolve the issue directly with them. As this relates to the finances of a private company and can be a legal matter, we will not be speculating at this early point as to what, if any, loss the HPA may incur as a result of AFL ending their service.”
They also declined to comment if other port service providers were owed money by AFL. Inquireies to AFL itself an their agent went unanwsered. UPDATE: It Appears AFL New England was being re-supplied with provisions and fresh water as of noon today.
The Halifax Port Authority has aquired land from CN at both Pier 9 and Halterm. The Halterm land will allow for reconfiguration of the approach road to allow for a smoother turn and Improved cargo-handling efficiencies, particularly for truck operations, through upgrades of the truck marshalling yard and gate complex.
At Pier 9 The land will likely be used to Expand the Pier Area.
Looks like the Harbour Lookoff at the end of Pier 42 is coming back. The Fence and hand rails are now in place.
Yep.. It gets used from time to time.
Despite the ongoing pile driving work, the harbour lookoff was open today.
And Some of the days Photos (from the Lookout):
Alas I was in PEI this past weekend, and Thus Missed Georges Island… But I went last year.
Here are some Pics:
George’s’ Island Light
Inside the Lower battery:
View to Citadel Hill:
Halifax piers get bulk of gateway cash
Which will be spent on lengthening and deepening Halterm to accommodate 2 post panamax ships (and hopefully result in a bigger/better harbour lookoff), and Improvements and expansion to the Richmond terminals.
Aqualife comes to Port of Halifax
From the Article: “Aqualife Logistics, which has developed a process to move live seafood intends to develop a new service out of Halifax that will deliver product to central Europe. Maersk Line, which had been a regularly scheduled caller to the port, has been designated the carrier for the new business, likely between June and August.”
Proposed fast ferry for Bedford on hold for another year
It seems they don’t have a business plan.
CKYH Brings Box Service to Halifax
The CKYH alliance (Cosco Container Lines, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping) plans to use eight “K” Line vessels – Staring Sunday May 3 out of Halterm.