Expansion plan underway at Port of Halifax

First caisson placement. Credit: Steve Farmer

Growing vessel sizes mean the port of Halifax, Canada, must act quick to add berth space to compete with US ports

Work now under way at the Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, is driven by what the port calls the “urgent need to expand” and to do so as quickly as possible. The approach: a temporary pier extension at Halifax’s South End Container Terminal.

The port’s vision is “expanding our cargo and cruise infrastructure and reducing the number of trucks on the streets of downtown Halifax”. Accordingly, projects are under way to make that happen, such as local rail and road infrastructure works. The terminal is leased to operator Halterm Container Terminal which, in related news, was acquired by PSA International in August 2019.

Halifax is a city of about 404,000 residents, with most residing near the harbour. As such, construction works are taking into account local traffic flows, in addition to boosting port capabilities.

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