Halifax’s new deep-water berth open for business

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Port of HalifaxHALIFAX, Nova Scotia – The South End Container Terminal extension at the Port of Halifax is now complete fully operational.

The first vessel to call on this expanded piece of critical infrastructure, operated by PSA Halifax, is the Zim Tarragona which arrived on October 23, 2020.

With the extension project finished, the South End Container Terminal operated by PSA Halifax now has the longest and deepest container berth in Eastern Canada with 800 metres continuous length and 16 metres depth.

The recent installation of a new Super Post-Panamax (SPPX) crane, the largest in Eastern Canada, brings the total complement of SPPX quay cranes at PSA Halifax to five.

Construction of the new berth began in January 2019 with dredging. That spring construction of the caissons began at Richmond Terminals. By the summer of 2109 the caissons were in place and in the fall infill took place.

This spring the concrete walls and armour stone were installed, followed by the arrivval and placement of the PSA Halifax SPPX crane. In the last couple months the final steps of laying asphalt and placing additional topside infrastructure completed the job.

The port has made a short video showing construction highlights.

Ultra class vessels

PSA Halifax handles the largest container vessels calling at any port in Canada and with the opening of the berth extension we have the capability to berth two ultra-class vessels simultaneously, or three vessels on the strategically important Mediterranean, North Europe and Regional trades that support Atlantic Canadian exporters and deliver for those global Ocean Carriers that frequent our terminal” said Kim Holtermand, CEO and managing director, PSA Halifax.

“The ILA sees the completion of the pier extension as Halifax securing its place in North America’s Ultra-Class vessel ports,” said Kevin Piper, president, ILA Local 269.

“We look forward to a bright future working with PSA Halifax.”

“All of us are absolutely thrilled to see this project at successful completion. The construction team has done an excellent job navigating expected challenges like inclement weather, and they did it without serious incident during a global health emergency that continues to impact just about every aspect of life as we know it,” said Halifax Port Authority president and CEO Captain Allan Gray.

“The completion of this project comes at the same time we are seeing the first of the 15,000+ TEU Ultra-Class Container Vessels calling at our port, and it will help ensure we remain a competitive international gateway which will provide tremendous benefit to national trade corridors, the local economy and the Province of Nova Scotia.”