the Following release was issued by the port today:
The Board of Directors of the Halifax Port Authority and the CEO are pleased to confirm that the work on the temporary South End Container Terminal berth extension has commenced, implementing its August 2018 board decision and announced at Halifax Port Days.
The berth extension will ensure that the Port of Halifax will continue to be a vital link in the Canadian supply chain, facilitate global economic ties and provide access to international markets for importers and exporters.
Construction is anticipated to be complete in Q1 of 2020.
A tender was recently issued, closing Nov 2 for the Dredging of the expanded area.
File Photo from the previous pier expansion work.
APL Detroit arrived this morning, and took up Pier 42. Maersk Penang took P41. if you look closely, you will notice on of the cranes over APL Detroit has its boom up – Presumably out of service for some reason.
As a result, the last remaining pananmax crane, which usually services pier 36, has been swun around to work the Maersk Penang at 41. Penang being a Panamax ship, she fits comfortably under the crane.
(Above) Arsos backed into pier 42 just after noon. Shes running on the New ZIM Canada Florida Express service to Jamaica. Heading out from Autoport was Taurus Leader (below). Shes bound for New York.
Seamax Stamford (Above) is at Pier 41, calling on the Maersk line Med/Montreal express(MMX) service . The Bomar Rebecca (below) is hanging out at Pier 26. She was offloaded earlier this week, and went to pier 26, presumably to wait out Hurricane Florence. She sails for tropical shipping, which canceled their sailing this week.
Halterm’s 2 new Rubber Tired gantries arrived 2 weeks ago. I was sent some pictures of them being offloaded. the first unit of the three ordered was delivered in January. The New RTG’s were built by Kone Cranes in Poland.
Bomar Rebecca tied up at pier 42 today on her weekly stop for tropical shipping.Tropical makes a weekly call on a route Halifax, Palm Beach, San Juan, Phillipsburg, Crown Bay. the other ship serving the route, Asian Sun, is currently tied up at Pier 9, having been emptied for maintenance last week. She will return to the rotation next week.
Unfortunately the CBSA setup their x-ray gear in the way of a good photo.
One of Halterm’s New Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes being loaded aboard the Schippersgracht for delivery to Halifax Next month. The RTG’s are from Kone Cranes in Poland.
The scrapping of the original Halterm Gantry Cranes continues. The process has just gotten under way at Ceres.
these cranes date back to the late 60’s and 70’s, and are now too small for most ships calling on Halifax.
Halterm yesterday announced the purchase of new equipment.
The terminal will be spending 10Million Dollars over the next year to increase refer capacity by 25%, as well as purchasing 3 Kone Rubber Tire Gantries (or RTG). The 3 units are expected to be delivered in February (1) and October (2) of next year. The New RTG’s will straddle a container stack 5 high, and 6 wide.
The terminal also recently began scraping the 3 original container cranes. Small, and unused, they took up space at the end of the pier.
This continues a recent history of new equipment since the Installation of the New Super Post Panamax Cranes in 2014. Earlier this year the Terminal took delivery of new Kone Reachstackers
Kalmar Ottawa Yard tractors and Toplifts.
With Saint John NB changing container terminal operators from Logistec to DP World, Effective January 9th, 2017, Tropical Shipping will move its port operations to Halterm Container Terminal.
Tropical Shiping specializes in shipping cargo to the Caribbean, and around the Caribbean. It sounds like a weekly service is coming to Halifax.
The Port of Saint John has launched a C$205 million project over seven years to modernize the Rodney and Navy Island terminals to accommodate larger vessels and expand laydown areas for breakbulk and project cargoes. DP World Saint John recently took delivery of two post panamax container cranes.
I was recently quoted in a CBC Article by Paul Withers. I thought it would be a good idea to flesh out some of the thoughts in that article.
The Port authority has announced that it is undertaking a study looking at relocating one of the container terminals. They haven’t said which one. they also made comments suggesting they want to alleviate downtown trucks. This leads everyone to think the Southend terminal is moving to Dartmouth.
I think this is an unlikely scenario. The South End Terminal consists of the Halifax Ocean Terminals (Piers 20-35) And Halterm (Piers 36-42) Besides numerous transit sheds, the south end facility is also home to the grain elevator. It already has deep water, and is unencumbered by bridges. It seems unlikely that the port authority would relocate Halterm, leaving the rest of the facility there. recall that the main goal is to accommodate bigger ships concurrently. Even as a pure real estate play – the coming of availability of land from the cogswell interchange would make it seem that prospects for development would be offset for a number of years.
More likely is that Fairview Cove closes. Its big constraint for this terminal is the bridges – already the largest ships calling on halifax cant pass underneath at high tide – or on westbound legs when they are carrying mostly empties. The Macdonald is being Raised as part of the big lift, however the Mackay will remain at the same height until it needs redecking. There are also stories that Ceres wants to terminate the lease early – which suggests they see the writing on the wall.
A move to Dartmouth is problematic. Any new facility would need to be constructed from scratch on Infill. There is not currently sufficient rail capacity to accommodate trains there, and the logical place to build such a terminal is where the imperial oil docks currently are – and they are unlikely to go anywhere. Anywhere else would likely run afoul of the neighbors.
I suspect the best option will be another extension of Pier 42, or extending pier B further into the Harbour. As for the truck issue, I would suggest that the city build the planned, but never built Northwest Arm bridge, and highway connection to the 103 as a transit and Truck route only. this would solve the problem of getting buses from Spryfield, Tantalon and Timberlea onto the peninsula bypassing traffic choke points, and remove trucks from downtown. Trucks could exit into the railcut to access the port from Robie street, and could be subject to a toll to fund the road. Busses could connect to Robie.