Port of Halifax anticipating busiest cruise season to date

The 2017 cruise season in Halifax will be the busiest to date. A record number of passenger visits and vessel calls will get underway on April 24, 2017 with the arrival of Phoenix Reisen, an Amadea vessel. “We are very excited about the year ahead,” said Cathy McGrail, Interim Vice President, Operations, Halifax Port Authority. “We look forward to working with our partners across the tourism industry as we welcome returning visitors and introduce new guests to Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.”

From April 24 to October 31, Port of Halifax is expecting 179 vessel calls carrying approximately 275,000 cruise guests. For local tourism providers, planning for the upcoming season is well underway. “Those of us fortunate enough to live here know how special our region is,” said Dennis Campbell, CEO, Ambassatours Gray Line. “What drives us is the opportunity to share our attractions, our history and our culture with people from around the world. We’re looking forward to a busy season ahead.”

Arrival of the first vessel of the year at the port of Montreal

Montreal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon presented the 178th Gold-Headed Cane to Shipping Agent Denis Blondeau of SMK Tanker Agency, who accepted it on behalf of Captain Danel Ju of South Korea, master of Chem Sirius, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Montreal without a stopover in 2017. Chem Sirius left Antwerp, Belgium on December 19 and crossed Port of Montreal’s limits at 3:16 a.m. on January 1. Sylvie Vachon addressed the gathering, saying: “So soon after his arrival from Antwerp, Belgium, Captain Ju has already departed for Charleston, South Carolina aboard Chem Sirius. But this time when he returns home in March, he will be bringing with him the honour of winning the Gold-Headed Cane, reflecting a longstanding port tradition specific to Montreal. By doing so, he joins an elite group of 177 other navigators who sailed, or are still sailing the world, marked by Montreal, port of destination and of tradition!”

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Port of Antwerp bucks regional trend as it passes 10 million TEU marker in 2016, and appoints new CEO

By Alexander Whiteman

In 2016, the port of Antwerp will have handled more than 10 million TEUs for the first time in its history, according to its end-of-year 2016 forecast. Figures released by the Port suggest container traffic exceeded 117.9 million tonnes over the 12-month period, equating to more than 10 million TEUs. While final figures have yet to be confirmed, this would indicate growth of 4.2 per cent, following on from 2015’s 7.5 per cent upswing, which saw Antwerp usurp Hamburg’s position as the region’s second largest port, after the port of Rotterdam.

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DP World inaugurates operations in Saint John, NB

By Tom Peters

DP World’s success in the port of Saint John will be a twofold strategy, taking a value-added approach while building container volumes, says Curtis Doiron.

Dubai-based DP World, which operates over 75 marine and inland container terminals on six continents, officially took over the operation of Saint John’s Rodney Terminal, under a 30-year lease, in January, 2017. The terminal is in the early stages of a multi-year, $205-million expansion which, when complete, will allow for the berthing of larger ships. In addition to the container facility, DP World also took over the operations of Saint John’s Navy Island Terminal, which at one time handled various breakbulk cargoes and now handles bulk products such as salt and petroleum coke (petcoke) for NB Power.

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Sydney, NS, getting closer to decision on new container terminal and expansion of cruise terminal

By Tom Peters

Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) is continuing the process it hopes will lead to the development of Novaporte, a modern, mega marine container terminal capable of handing the world’s ultra large container ships. SHIP recently received a five-year extension to an agreement with Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to exclusively market and develop the port. CBRM’s council voted 9 to 4 in favour of extending the agreement. SHIP, formerly Harbour Port Development Partners, has proposed the marine project calling for construction of a terminal on a 500-acre greenfield site, owned by the municipality, with an adjacent 1,200-acre logistics park called Novazone. The Canderel Group of Montreal is to build the park. New Jersey-based Ports America, the largest terminal operator and stevedoring company in the U.S., recently signed an agreement with SHIP to be the terminal operator.

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A new privately-owned port initiative in the East to compete with federally-owned ports?

By Tom Peters

Ports America’s decision to partner with Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) in a major marine container terminal project in the port of Sydney, Nova Scotia, is a significant step in moving the project forward, said Peter Gillis, President, ILA Local 1259, Sydney.

The terminal, called Novaporte, has been proposed for a 500-acre, greenfield site. A 1,200- acre logistics park called Novazone, will be built next to the terminal. Montreal-based Canderel Group will build the park. The estimated total completion price for both the terminal and park is $1.6 billion. Start of construction is contingent on the developers finding carriers to commit to moving sustainable amounts of cargo over the facility.

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Ports America to develop a new Canadian Atlantic ‘gateway for next-generation ULCVs’

By Gavin van Marle

US container terminal operator Ports America has signed an agreement with Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) to develop a new deep-water box port on Canada’s east coast. Known as Novaporte, a 500-acre area in the port of Sydney, Nova Scotia, the project surrounds the construction of a greenfield container terminal capable of handling 18,000 TEU vessels and hands Ports America a 40-year operating contract.

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