MEETING THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF THE PORT OF HALIFAX

To reach our full potential, we need the right plan. The Halifax Port Authority is committed to working with the port community, industry, and government stakeholders to ensure the best plan for our city, region, and country.

  • Welcoming The Biggest Ships

    Global shipping is changing, which means we need to change to keep Halifax competitive as a global port. Our immediate need is to get the right infrastructure in place to welcome the big ships that are coming by 2020.

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  • Phase One South End Container Terminal Extension

    We have the opportunity to work with Halterm to temporarily expand their capacity at the South End Container Terminal to berth and service a second ultra-class vessel. That will allow us to meet our need to serve Port customers, keep our waterfront working, and do it within existing resources. This is also the most cost-effective and minimal impact solution to get the Port the capacity it needs in the short term. 

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    We’re a port city, and a lot of people in the city, province, and region rely on and benefit from the operations of the Port of Halifax.  This temporary pier extension at South End Container Terminal will buy us time and space to continue with more detailed, long-term planning for the future.

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    Phase Two South End Container Terminal North Expansion
  • Phase Two South End Container Terminal North Expansion

    We know there is even greater opportunity for the Port of Halifax over the long term and that’s about more than ships. It’s about the Port’s next chapter and what that can mean for our city, province, region and Canada. 

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    Expanding our infrastructure at the South End Container Terminal will provide the space we need to accommodate the biggest ships, with room for equipment and connections to road and rail. By expanding the South End Container Terminal to the north we will be able to limit construction to our existing property and minimize disruption to our neighbors.

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    Reducing Truck Traffic in Downtown Halifax
  •   Reducing Truck Traffic in Downtown Halifax

    We have heard and understand that truck traffic is a concern for those who live, work, and play in downtown Halifax. While we work to finalize our larger infrastructure plan, we are working to find solutions that are aligned with Halifax’s growth and Centre Plan. 

    With our partners, we are exploring a number of potential short term solutions:

    • Converting truck exports and imports from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to rail via a ramp in Moncton.
    • Collecting data through our Port Operations Centre to map container truck flows to avoid peak congestion times.
    • Exploring the option of a yard in Burnside Industrial Park for the handling and transfer of empty containers.
    • Exploring the option of converting truck exports and imports from Nova Scotia to rail via a ramp in Trenton, NS.
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    Expanding And Optimizing Cruise Operations
  •   Expanding And Optimizing Cruise Operations

    Cruise is a big part of our business and we are developing plans to welcome more annual visitors to the region. We have identified a number of options on both sides of the harbour that we believe will bring tremendous opportunity to the Port and community.

    We believe expanding our cruise operations and offering new attractions to cruise lines will help grow the industry for Atlantic Canada. We are very confident that we can optimize our infrastructure to benefit everyone involved, building on our reputation as a must-see city. 

    In the coming months, we will create a site selection committee for cruise with critical industry stakeholders from both sides of the harbour. Together, we will consider each option and make a decision about where cruise expansion should take place to benefit the Halifax Regional Municipality and the entire region.

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    Preserving a Canadian Supply Chain for Trade
  •   Preserving a Canadian Supply Chain for Trade

    Today, the Port of Halifax is the only Canadian port on the Atlantic coast with the ability to handle the next generation of vessels calling North America.

    If Halifax is unable to accommodate two ultra-class vessels, the Canadian supply chain will increasingly depend on US ports.

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