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Comment From Halifax Port Authority On AFL

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.

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Halifax Port Authority Buys Land from CN

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.

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News Bits

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.

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New Container Business to Halifax

From The Chronicle Herald

The CKYH Alliance, which includes shipping lines COSCO, K-Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin, announced a new all-water express service that will connect Halifax with the Far East. The weekly service, scheduled to start in Halifax May 3, will have eight K-Line vessels each with a capacity for 3,850 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units).

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1114476.html

This Follows a previous announcement:
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/english/news-and-events/index.html#CMA

CMA CGM announces new Port of Halifax service

Halifax, NS – January 29, 2009 – CMA CGM, the world’s 3rd largest container shipping company, has announced plans to initiate a new service which includes a regular call at the Port of Halifax.

The fortnightly service will connect Canada and the USA with the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Australasia. In particular, Canada, the US Midwest and the East Coast of the US will be connected via CMA CGM’s Kingston, Jamaica hub to a broad range of North-South and East-West trade routes.

Halifax is the only Canadian port of call on the new service. The inaugural call of the “Black Pearl” service to the Port of Halifax is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd. Container handling services for CMA CGM vessels will be provided by Halterm Container Terminal Limited.

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2009 Cruising Season

It Seems the Port Authority has launched a new website www.cruisehalifax.ca to encourage Halifax as a cruising destination.

from The Chronicle Herald:
“The 2009 season in Halifax will be marked by highlights such as the inaugural call of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria and a visit from Carnival’s Triumph, which has a capacity of 3,800 passengers and crew. On Oct. 8, Halifax will welcome five ships in one day, which could set a single-day passenger record of more than 10,000.”

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