Halifax Port Authority seeks proposals for unique waterfront development facilities

by Canadian Shipper

The Halifax Port Authority is inviting proposals for the redevelopment of much of its ‘Seawall’ properties in Halifax’s south end. This property includes land area of approximately 15.6 acres, plus a number of buildings and general real estate facilities.

“The potential of this unique waterfront property to provide an exceptional mix of shipping, tourist, and other commercial activity is fantastic. Other ports around the world have successfully revitalized their properties and we believe that the setting of the Seawall at the edge of our harbour is unrivalled for this,” said David Bellefontaine, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority.

Cargo sheds constructed in the early part of the twentieth century now have limited use for most types of cargo handling. Presently, the berth area is used to handle cruise vessels and for vessel lay-up and repair. Adjacent facilities are mixed use and include the Pier 21 Society’s Interpretive Centre, space leased for offices and artist workshops and other commercial uses.

Any proposed redevelopment must take into account use of the area for other shipping business and in particular cruise shipping. In 2001, approximately 100 cruise vessels are expected at the Seawall, representing a 300 per cent increase over five years.

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