Halifax Port Days emphasizes the importance of timely and reliable information to increase port competitiveness

By Tom Peters

A strong collaborative effort between private and public stakeholders is required to keep Canada competitive in the global marketplace and there are parts of the supply chain that need innovation and investment to elevate Canada’s ability to compete, said industry leaders at the annual Halifax Port Days.

Expert panelists at the event’s business session, Jean-Jacques Ruest, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, CN; Wolfgang Schoch, Managing Director, Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc.; and Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, Logistec Corporation, agreed there needs to be strategic, not haphazard investment in infrastructure and technology to sustain and improve Canada’s trade competitiveness on the global stage.

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Nova Scotia pulling together to train women and minorities for non-traditional careers in shipbuilding

By Tom Peters

Irving Shipbuilding’s Centre of Excellence (CEC), in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), private industry and other organizations, is bringing a new, diverse group of workers into its shipbuilding hall. In June of this year, 15 women, welders or metal fabricators, graduated from Nova Scotia Community College and were hired by Irving Shipbuilding. A second group of 20 women has completed the 14-week Women Unlimited Partnership program, in preparation for the two-year diploma trades program which begins in September.

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Halifax is Nova Scotia’s cool cargo hub

By Tom Peters

Maintaining the quality of imported wine and beer is an absolute necessity for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), and is one of the reasons NSLC relies on the cool supply chain through Port of Halifax. “Of the 890 containers last year with shipments of wine, beer and spirits, 197 or 22 per cent, were insulated and 196 were reefer containers,” said Beverley Ware, NSLC’s Communications Advisor. She said the insulated and reefer containers carry beer and wine from such countries as Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

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Nova Cold Logistics a vital enabler of Nova Scotia’s food export industries

By Tom Peters

At Nova Cold Logistics there is always a chill in the air. It’s been that way for a quarter of a century. Nova Cold operates approximately 150,000 square feet of cold storage space in three facilities, two of which are located in Burnside Industrial Park and the third in the Halifax Gateway Logistics Park, all in Dartmouth, NS.

In 2015, Nova Cold (formerly Brookfield Cold Storage, Calgary) gained a presence in Nova Scotia with the purchase of Nova Cold Storage, adding an Atlantic Canada location to its operations in Central and Western Canada.

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Tropical Shipping a key link between Eastern Canada and the Caribbean

By Tom Peters

Tropical Shipping, which began service through Port of Halifax in January of this year, will introduce two new vessels into its fleet in 2018 increasing its capability to move temperature controlled cargo. Tropical moved to Halifax from Saint John and provides weekly service to Florida, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

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Nova Scotia’s Nautical Institute has been training young men and women for careers at sea for over 140 years

By Tom Peters

Part of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the Nautical Institute, originally started in Halifax in 1872 as the Halifax Marine School, is located in Port Hawkesbury on the Strait of Canso and draws students from all over the world.

The face of the commercial marine industry has changed drastically in the past several years with ships’ sizes of both container vessels and bulk carriers reaching levels not anticipated 30 years ago, and with the constant evolution of technology.

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Eimskip sees major growth opportunities for its Halifax hub

By Tom Peters

Icelandic shipping line Eimskip is increasing its service through the Port of Halifax by nearly 60 per cent, says Jeff Simms, Managing Director, Eimskip Canada, Inc. Simms says Eimskip will increase its calls into Halifax from 21 to 35 annually. The increase has been generated by an increase in business through Portland, Me.

Eimskip’s Green Line, which calls North America, channels cargo from Portland, Halifax and Argentia (Nfld) through Reykjavik where it will be now transloaded for markets in Europe, Greenland, Norway and the Faroe Islands.

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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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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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Port of Halifax is weighing its operational and strategic options

By Tom Peters

Port of Halifax is developing a new master plan that will be its road map for years to come as it prepares for the next generation of container ships and other critical aspects of the port’s overall development. “We are looking 10 to 15 years down the road, maybe longer. It really depends on what comes out of the plan,” said Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice-President, Halifax Port Authority (HPA).

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