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Portside Notes

OF HALIFAX MAGAZINE

The latest on cargo and ship movements, key stakeholders, and new development­­s Linking expertise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Working on the railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Building for the future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Around the Port Smooth sailing WITH LABOUR STABILITY AND TRAFFIC TRENDING UP, THE PORT OF HALIFAX IS ON A STEADY COURSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sailing Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Carrier Spotlight Tropical paradise WITH TROPICAL SHIPPING, THE PORT OF HALIFAX LINKS ATLANTIC CANADA TO KEY CARIBBEAN AND EAST COAST PORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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For more information on the Port of Halifax and its stakeholders, please contact: Halifax Port Authority, Business Development & Operations P.O. Box 336 Ocean Terminals, 1215 Marginal Road Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2P6 Canada Tel: 902-426-2620 • Fax: 902-426-7335 Email: info@portofhalifax.ca Website: portofhalifax.ca or Halifax Shipping Association P.O. Box 1146, Station M Halifax, NS  B3J 2X1 Email: info@hfxshippingassn.com Website: halifaxshippingassociation.com

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PORTSIDE NOTES

Linking expertise The Halifax Port Authority is joining a digital global-shipping

platform developed by Maersk and IBM through a collaboration agreement. HPA will participate in a blockchain-focused global trade digitization solution known as TradeLens. According to an HPA press release, the goal is to develop a “highly secure” digital ledger system that promotes the sharing of information across the global shipping industry, with the aim of cutting costs, improving productivity, increasing delivery speed, and providing transparency. The new collaboration will integrate global shipping and trade partners including terminals, shippers, freight forwarders, and ports to provide a single shared and trusted view of supplychain transactions. The platform will reduce paperwork with a digital process for documents, offering the potential for economic efficiency and improved security. This technology can reduce the need for multiple records and documents that are produced at each point in the supply chain.

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“Just think of what can be accomplished when we combine our local knowledge with global expertise provided through the MaerskIBM Collaboration Agreement,” says Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. “The timing couldn’t be better. Digitization is the efficiency vehicle for the global supply chain, and considerable work is being done in Halifax right now through the recently established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship and Volta Labs innovation hub. Through our involvement in TradeLens, we are taking the next steps to ensure the Port of Halifax is on the leading edge.” Mike White, TradeLens leader for Maersk, is excited Halifax is involved. “Halifax Port Authority is an important player in the development of this fully open and neutral platform,” he says. “It’s great to have them as an early adopter in this growing ecosystem.” Q


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BY TREVOR J. ADAMS

Working on the railroad Jean-Jacques Ruest as president and CEO of the rail line. Ruest has also been appointed to CN’s board. “In J.J., we have the best,” says chairman Robert Pace. “He brings vision, energy, and speed to the role. J.J. brought the team together to tackle the immediate operational and customer service challenges the company was facing since the fall of 2017.” Ruest, 63, has been with CN for 22 years, the last eight as executive vice-president and chief marketing officer. “I am very proud to be a CN railroader and I am honoured and humbled by the Board’s confidence in me and the entire leadership team,” says Ruest. “CN’s leadership team and I are committed to re-establishing best-in-class operational excellence on a sustainable basis, to growing the value of the company, and to building the CN brand. We will do so by investing in human capital, efficient and effective digitization, and infrastructure that will drive future growth. We will write the next chapter in CN’s history as we embark on our second century of serving customers safely and efficiently.” Pace says the appointment is the result of a global search: “The board concluded that J.J. is the right leader to accelerate CN’s innovation strategy, to lead the company forward, and to restore and retain industry-leading metrics and best-in-class customer service.”

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CN’s board of directors recently announced the appointment of

JEAN-JACQUES RUEST

Ruest was appointed interim president and CEO on March 5, 2018, in addition to retaining his position as executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, to which he had been named in January 2010. In that job, he had responsibility for providing the strategic direction and leadership for CN’s sales, marketing and supply-chain solutions groups. Ruest holds an MBA in marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School, and CN’s Railroad MBA program. Halifax is the East Coast terminus for CN’s continent-spanning rail network. Q

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Building for the future Last month, the Halifax Port Authority,

“By expanding our infrastructure, we can ensure Halifax continues to be a vital link in the Canadian supply chain, facilitating global economic ties and providing access to international markets for importers and exporters,” explains the report. “We have the opportunity to work with Halterm to temporarily expand their capacity at the South End Container Terminal to berth and service a second ultra-class vessel to serve Port customers and keep our waterfront working. This is our most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable solution to ensure Halifax has the capacity it needs going into 2021.” The goal of this temporary measure is to give the Halifax Port Authority the time and space to continue with more detailed long-term. “A bigger, bolder vision takes more time, effort, and resources,” says the plan. “We will continue to work with our partners and stakeholders to understand and plan for what the Port of Halifax of the future should look like, how we can embrace the digital revolution of the global shipping business and make it a competitive advantage, and how we can ensure that the Port is a significant contributor to the growing momentum in Halifax and the great quality of life here.” The planners’ preferred option is expanding infrastructure at the Halterm Container Terminal to the north to provide

the space to accommodate the biggest ships, with room for equipment and connections to road and rail. Concurrently, planners are also looking for ways to dovetail with the city’s growth and Centre Plan by reducing truck traffic in the downtown core. Planners are considering several shortterm solutions, including: • Converting the majority of truck exports and imports from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to rail via a ramp in Moncton. • Collecting data through the Port Operations Centre to map container truck flows to avoid peak congestion times. • Exploring the option of a yard in Burnside Industrial Park for the handling and transfer of empty containers. • Exploring the option of converting truck exports and imports from northeastern Nova Scotia to rail via a ramp in Trenton, N.S. The Halifax Port Authority also remains focused on the growing cruise sector. “Cruise is a big part of our business and we are exploring options to welcome more annual visitors to the region,” says the report. “We have identified a number of options on both sides Halifax and Dartmouth sides of the harbour that we believe will bring tremendous opportunity to the Port and community.” Q

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released an update on its infrastructure planning efforts. Aiming to allow the Port of Halifax to continue to welcome the world’s largest cargo vessels, the plan includes temporarily expanding the South End Container Terminal to the south by 135 metres, allowing Halterm to berth and service two ultra-large container vessels (over 10,000 TEU) simultaneously. The total berth length will be 800 metres. HPA estimates that the project will cost $35 million. “Our region is experiencing unprecedented change and growth and the Port of Halifax is excited to be part of this powerful momentum,” says the report. “Big ships are calling and we need to be ready to welcome the world to our waterfront. To meet the needs of our changing industry, we need to grow and we know that we can’t do it alone. We’ve heard from stakeholders and community members, listened to feedback, and spent time studying every available option. Our vision for the future includes expanding our cargo and cruise infrastructure, and reducing the number of trucks on the streets of downtown Halifax.” In 2017, Halifax welcomed the first ultraclass vessel to the Port; stakeholders feel there is an urgent need to upgrade infrastructure to berth two of these vessels simultaneously in order to remain competitive.

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SMOOTH SAILING WITH LABOUR STABILITY AND TRAFFIC TRENDING UP, THE PORT OF HALIFAX IS ON A STEADY COURSE By Tom Peters Labour stability at the Port of Halifax

has been ensured for another three years with the recent signing of a new labour agreement between the Halifax Employers Association (HEA) and the Council of International Longshoremen Association (ILA) Locals. The HEA represents shipping companies and agents employing labour (stevedores and container terminal operators handling vessels in the Port). The council represents Halifax Longshoremen’s Association, Local 269, the 12

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Halifax Freight & Steamship Checkers Union, Local 1341 and the Halifax Gear Repair and Maintenance Men, Local 1825. The union locals ratified the agreement July 10 after several months of negotiations. The HEA board ratified the agreement on June 21. The new collective agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2020. The agreement includes a 2.75% per year increase in the base wage rate, an increase in the pension and welfare trust fund tonnage assessment

in each of the three years and extension of the current Midwest cargo rebate agreement for the term of the agreement. In addition, several operational improvements were agreed to including the implementation of a Port-wide attendance policy, provisions for continuous truck operations and greater flexibility with respect to assigning labour, training employees and contracting out certain automotive repairs. Kevin Piper, president of ILA Local 269, says both sides are pleased with the deal,


“The hard-working men and women working in our Port community are vital to all Port users.” –Karen Oldfield as it continues the Port’s longstanding reputation for labour stability: “and that is a big thing in Halifax. We have gone 40 years without any major labour issues and productivity is good in the port.” The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) congratulated both groups on ratifying the new collective agreement. “We are pleased to see continued positive labour relations in the Port of Halifax,” says Karen Oldfield, HPA president and CEO. “The dedicated, hard-working men and women working in our Port community are vital to all Port users and help contribute greatly to the overall regional economy.” Calvin Whidden, president of Ceres Halifax Inc., operators of the Fairview Cove Container Terminal, also lauded the agreement. “Ceres management are

very pleased with the successful contract agreements with the ILA locals in Halifax for another three years,” he says. “Stable labour supply is one of the most critical components to the success of the Port of Halifax and continued growth in all cargo sectors,” he says. With increased cargo flowing over Port terminals and an aging labour force, the HEA has been adding to its labour pool. HEA president and CEO Richard Moore says orientation training has started with 56 longshore-worker new hires. In addition, the HEA has hired eight new checkers this year with orientation and training well underway. The eight checkers hired last year will complete their Phase III training this year.

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2017. Early indications suggest this is leading to a 10% reduction in truck traffic in Halifax.” The Port of Halifax also remains a prime cruise destination. The city recently won a 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Award from Cruise Critic, as the number-two top rated U.S. & Canada Cruise Destination. The awards are based on ratings submitted to the website. “This is an incredible recognition for all the operators and tourism partners who work tirelessly to build and promote Nova Scotia as a tourism destination,” says Catherine McGrail, associate vice-president, cruise/operations and public affairs, Halifax Port Authority. “We are fortunate to have strong partners delivering an excellent product that our cruise guests enjoy.” The Port’s cruise sector continues to move forward at a record setting pace. “We are looking at our busiest year so far if all goes according to plan,” says Farguson. The port is expecting 200 cruise ship calls and approximately 300,000 cruise visitors. An interesting aspect of this year’s cruise season is the number of passenger turnarounds. The HPA has been developing the turnaround program in partnership with Atlantic Canada Cruise Association and Tourism Nova Scotia. “For 2018, we are expecting five turnaround cruises in Halifax. Four have already taken place, with a fifth scheduled to take place in October,” says Farguson. Turnarounds are when one set of passengers disembarks a cruise vessel and another group gets on. In Halifax, these vessels tend to go on to visit the smaller, niche ports in the region that larger cruise vessels cannot easily access, he says. Q

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And those workers have lots to keep them busy. June was the busiest month in at least a decade with 51,707 TEU moving over Port terminals. Farguson checked cargo statistics back to 2007 “and within that time, June was highest volume TEU month we have seen,” he says. The HPA spokesman attributes the busy month to a collaborative effort that included new and existing shipping line services, labour, terminal operators, CN, and stakeholders. Cargo statistics for the second quarter show containerized cargo volume through the Port remained strong with containerized cargo up by 0.7% with 275,839 TEU in the first six months of the year over the same period in 2017. Containerized throughput for the second quarter of this year was 141,472 TEU, non-containerized cargo for the second quarter totalled 91,566 tons, and total cargo through HPA facilities was 1,224,642 tons. Overall tonnage Port-wide in the first six months of 2018, which includes both HPA and non-HPA facilities, saw import cargo hit 2,273,934 tons, up 8.4% over the first six months of 2017 and 2,235,211 tons of export cargo, up 6% over the same period in 2017. Concurrently, HPA is working to make intermodal links more efficient and reduce the number of truck-hauled containers moving through downtown Halifax. “[HPA] has been working with CN and we are moving N.B. and P.E.I. truck exports and imports onto rail at a ramp in Moncton,” Farguson says. “This has been in place since

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Service

Ports Served (alphabetically)

Cargo Type

Frequency

Day

Terminal

Agent

Atlantic Container Line

ACL A Service

Antwerp (BE) - Gothenburg (SW) - Hamburg (GE) - Liverpool (UK)

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

ACL

Atlantic Container Line

ACL AL1 Service

Antwerp (BE) - Bremerhaven (GE) - London Gateway (UK) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-gc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ACL

CMA CGM

CMA CGM SL1 Service

Antwerp (BE) - Bremerhaven (GE) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

Halterm

CMA CGM

Eimskip

Eimskip’s TA service

Reykjavik - Immingham -Rotterdam - Bremerhaven - Helsingborg - Arhus Fredrikstad - Swinoujscie

cc-tc

Weekly

Thursday

Halterm

Eimskip

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL1 Service

Antwerp (BE) - Bremerhaven (GE) - London Gateway (UK) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd ATA Service

Antwerp (BE) - Gothenburg (SW) - Hamburg (GE) - Liverpool (UK)

cc-gc-tc

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Maersk

Maersk CAE Service

Antwerp (BE) - Bremerhaven (GE) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

Halterm

Maersk

Melfi Marine

Melfi Med-Canada Service

Lisbon (PT)

cc-gc-tc

13 days

Thursday

Halterm

Melfi

Nirint Shipping

Nirint ECCE Service

Bilbao (SP) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

15 days

Ocean

Nirint

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

ONE AL1 Service

Antwerp (BE) - Bremerhaven (GE) - London Gateway (UK) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE AL8 Service

Antwerp (BE) - Hamburg (GE)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

Ceres

ONE

Wallenius Willhelmsen

WW A Service

Antwerp (BE) - Gothenburg (SW) - Hamburg (GE) - Liverpool (UK)

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

Wallenius

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL1 Service

Antwerp (BE) - Bremerhaven (GE) - London Gateway (UK) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

Yang Ming

NORTH EUROPE

SOUTH EUROPE (MEDITERRANEAN) Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL6 Service

Fos/Marseilles (FR) - Genoa (IT) - La Spezia (IT) - Livorno/Leghorn (IT) Salerno (IT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL7 Service

Algeciras (SP) - Barcelona (SP) - Tarragona (SP) - Valencia (SP)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Hapag Lloyd

Melfi Marine

Melfi Med-Canada Service

Barcelona (SP) - Genoa (IT) - Valencia (SP)

cc-gc-tc

13 days

Thursday

Halterm

Melfi

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

ONE AL6 Service

Fos/Marseilles (FR) - Genoa (IT) - La Spezia (IT) - Livorno/Leghorn (IT) Salerno (IT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE AL7 Service

Algeciras (SP) - Barcelona (SP) - Tarragona (SP) - Valencia (SP)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

ONE

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL6 Service

Fos/Marseilles (FR) - Genoa (IT) - La Spezia (IT) - Livorno/Leghorn (IT) Salerno (IT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Yang Ming

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL7 Service

Algeciras (SP) - Barcelona (SP) - Tarragona (SP) - Valencia (SP)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Yang Ming

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim ZCA Service

Algeciras (SP) - Ashdod (IL) - Barcelona (SP) - Haifa (IL) - Izmir/Aliaga (TR) Mersin (TR) - Piraeus (GR) - Tarragona (SP) - Valencia (SP)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Zim

Zim ZCI Service

Fos/Marseilles (FR) - Genoa (IT) - La Spezia (IT) - Livorno/Leghorn (IT) Salerno (IT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

LATIN AMERICA (CARIBBEAN, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA) Melfi Marine

Melfi Med-Canada Service

Havana (CU)

cc-gc-tc

13 days

Nirint Shipping

Nirint ECCE Service

Barcadera (AN) - Mariel (CU) - Moa (CU) - Willemstad (AN)

cc-tc

15 days

Tropical Shipping

Tropical Canada-Caribbean Service

Philipsburg (NA) - San Juan (PR) - St. Thomas (USVI)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim CFX Service

Kingston (JA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Tuesday

Halterm

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim ZCP Service

Via the Panama Canal: Kingston (JA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Tuesday (via CFX Service)

Halterm

Zim

APL PE1 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Hong Kong (CH) - Jakarta (ID) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

APL

CMA CGM

CMA-CGM Columbus Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Hong Kong (CH) - Jakarta (ID) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

CMA CGM

COSCO

COSCO AWE5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Hong Kong (CH) Jakarta (ID) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

COSCO

Evergreen PE1 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Hong Kong (CH) - Jakarta (ID) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

Evergreen

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp / Wed-Exp

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp / Wed- Exp

Ceres

ONE

OOCL SEAP Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Hong Kong (CH) Jakarta (ID) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday/Sunday

Halterm

OOCL

Yang Ming EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) Laem Chabang (TH) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp / Wed-Exp

Ceres

Yang Ming

Thursday

Halterm

Melfi

Ocean

Nirint

Halterm

Tropical Shipping

SOUTH / SOUTHEAST ASIA & MIDDLE EAST APL

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Service

Ports Served (alphabetically)

Cargo Type

Frequency

Day

Terminal

Agent

Zim ZCP Service

Via the Panama Canal: Ningbo (CH) - Pusan/Busan (SK) - Qingdao (CH) - Shanghai (CH) - Slavyanka (RU)

cc-tc

Weekly

Tuesday (via CFX Service)

Halterm

Zim

Baltimore (MD) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA)

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

ACL

cc-gc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ACL

Halterm

APL

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CANADA, UNITED STATES, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON Atlantic Container Line

ACL A Service

Atlantic Container Line

ACL AL1 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Philadelphia (PA)

APL

APL PE1 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Charleston (SC) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

CMA CGM

CMA CGM SL1 Service

Monreal (QC)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

Halterm

CMA CGM

CMA-CGM Columbus Service

Via the Suez Canal: Charleston (SC) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

Weekly

Saturday/ Sunday

Halterm

CMA CGM

COSCO

COSCO AWE5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Charleston (SC) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

COSCO

Eimskip

Eimskip Green Line Service

Argentia (NL) - Portland (ME)

cc-tc

Weekly

Thursday

Halterm

Eimskip

Evergreen

Evergreen PE1 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Charleston (SC) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

Evergreen

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL1 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Philadelphia (PA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL6 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL7 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd ATA Service

Baltimore (MD) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA)

cc-gc-tc

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Jacksonville (FL) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp / WedExp

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Maersk

Maersk CAE Service

Montreal (QC)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

Halterm

Maersk

Oceanex

Oceanex Service

Argentia (NL) - St. John's (NL)

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Thursday

Halterm

Oceanex

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

ONE AL1 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Philadelphia (PA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE AL6 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

ONE AL7 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

ONE

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE AL8 Service

Baltimore (MD) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

Ceres

ONE

ONE EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Jacksonville (FL) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

Weekly

Fri-Imp / WedExp

Ceres

ONE

OOCL

OOCL SEAP Service

Via the Suez Canal: Charleston (SC) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday / Sunday

Halterm

OOCL

Transport Service International

Transport Maritime Service (St. Pierre et Miquelon)

Argentia (NL) - St.-Pierre and Miquelon (FR)

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Friday

Halterm

TMSI

Tropical Shipping

Tropical Canada-Caribbean Service

West Palm Beach (FL)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

Halterm

Tropical Shipping

Wallenius Willhelmsen

WW A Service

Baltimore (MD) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA)

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

Wallenius

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL1 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Philadelphia (PA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

Yang Ming

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL6 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Yang Ming

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL7 Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Yang Ming

Yang Ming

Yang Ming EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Jacksonville (FL) - New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp / Wed- Exp

Ceres

Yang Ming

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim CFX Service

Miami (FL)

cc-tc

Weekly

Tuesday

Halterm

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim ZCA Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim ZCI Service

New York (NY) - Norfolk (VA) - Savannah (GA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Zim

CMA CGM

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

cc – containerized cargo

gc – general cargo

tc – temperature-controlled cargo

cc-tc

cc-tc

rr – roll-on/roll-off cargo

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CARRIER SPOTLIGHT

TROPICAL PARADISE WITH TROPICAL SHIPPING, THE PORT OF HALIFAX LINKS ATLANTIC CANADA TO KEY CARIBBEAN AND EAST COAST PORTS By Tom Peters Tropical Shipping has become a

highly visible shipper in Halifax since its service began through the Port (via the South End Container Terminal) in January 2017. Tropical moved its shipping operation from Saint John looking for better intermodal and shipping connections. Its offices remained in the New Brunswick city. The move to Halifax has been “a real positive experience,” says Gordon Cole, Tropical’s assistant vice-president. Floridabased Tropical has been doing business in Canada for 35 years. The first all-water service to Canada occurred approximately 17 years after Tropical bought Kent Line. Prior to that, Tropical served the Canadian market by road to Florida, Cole said. 20

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The line, which moves 40,000 to 50,000 TEU annually through Halifax, offers weekly service connecting Halifax and the Maritimes to Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Virgin Islands. The line specializes in refrigerated cargo, making it ideal for produce and seafood exporters. Tropical, known as a prominent player in the cold chain, was part of the reason the Port of Halifax added a further 150 reefer plugs at the South End terminal in late 2017. “From our perspective, Tropical Shipping’s greatest strength has been in its ability to deliver a quality refrigerated service, on-time and from end-to-end, while all the time planning for the future development of its markets with bigger

vessels due in 2018,” says Halterm CEO and managing director Kim Holtermand. “Tropical’s operations bring a dynamic and highly responsive approach to Atlantic Canada’s export market, which requires real focus in our day-to-day terminal activities and close integration with Tropical’s team. We are fortunate with this ocean partner that through challenges and growth our aims and goals are well-aligned.” Cole said what has been encouraging about the move to Halifax is the shipping line’s opportunities to connect with several major carriers calling on the Port. “We have been really focused on increasing our reefer business that we do out of the Maritimes and a lot more connecting with the other carriers calling Halifax. We have


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CARRIER SPOTLIGHT been able to build that side of it because we weren’t connecting with any carriers before,” he said. Tropical, through a sister company Kestrel Liner Agencies in the U.K., has also been able to explore opportunities worldwide. “They have offices all over the world and they are really our global partner,” Cole said.

Further to increasing business, Cole says the big and exciting news within the organization “is the building of six new ships, two of which will go into the Canadian trade.” The first ship, the Tropic Hope will start service in Halifax in November. The second ship, Tropic Island, will start in December.

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Tropical has spent $150 million US on the new vessels. The Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard in Guangzhou, China is building the four Carib Class ships, each with an 1,100 TEU capacity, speed of 20 knots and each with two cranes and 260 plugs for refrigerated cargo. They will serve ports in Halifax, Palm Beach, Puerto Rico, Eastern Caribbean, and the Virgin Islands. The remaining two vessels will be MiniExpress Class. They will have 300-TEU capacity, a speed of 14 knots, a ro/ro ramp, and 60 reefer plugs each. The mini express vessels will be used mainly in the Caribbean between smaller ports with shallow draft, Cole says. “The objective of Tropical’s new build program is to provide for continued future market leadership and profitability by having the right size ships with the right operating characteristics for our marketplace,” Tropical Shipping executive chairman Rick Murrell said at the time of the announcement. “Essential operating characteristics such as optimal refrigerated capacity will ensure Tropical Shipping can meet future customer needs and changing market demands with its differentiated service.” Tropical’s investment in the new vessels is also an investment in the Port of Halifax and its competitiveness. Both Halterm and the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) lauded the carrier’s commitment. “With the delivery of two purposebuilt vessels before the end of the year, Halterm looks forward to supporting Tropical Shipping in the next phase of its development,” says Kim Holtermand. “In such a competitive environment we cannot


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possibly overestimate the commitment the carrier is making with these ships not just to its home markets on the islands but to Eastern Canada, its shippers, forwarders, inland transport providers and to our terminal.” HPA president and CEO Karen Oldfield is pleased with the increased capacity the vessels offer. “Refrigerated frozen and chilled seafood and vegetables are important export growth commodities for Atlantic Canada,” she says. “We look forward to continued developments with Tropical Shipping, Halterm and CN Rail as we work to fill the new capacity and increase the flow of cargo through our Atlantic Gateway.” Tropical has a number of ports of call in the Caribbean, a region that has been a challenge during the past year because of damage caused by hurricanes but the company, overall, has seen an increase in business. “[Overall] business is up about 30% at least and our Canadian business is equal to [last year] or a bit better,” says Cole. The Tropical spokesman says because of the weather related issues, the Caribbean markets will take time to rebuild. The Halterm spokesman commended Tropical for its support work in the Caribbean. “From commencement of operations at Halterm in January 2017, Tropical has been able to consolidate its export volumes,” he explains. “And in the wake of destructive storms throughout the Caribbean in late 2017, Tropical has provided support akin to a fourth emergency service, first with life-saving supplies of water into many of the islands. [Tropical is able] to support the rebuilding of the island life.” Q

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FEATURE

AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE THIS YEAR’S PORT DAYS KEYNOTE SPEAKER OFFERS INSIGHTS INTO U.S. TRADE NEGOTIATIONS By Tom Peters The digital transformation of the

shipping industry will be a hot topic of discussion this year at Halifax Port Days (Sept. 19 to 20). “The shift already underway, and certainly, it’s something our partners and stakeholders are actively involved in.” says Lane Farguson, communications advisor with the Halifax Port Authority. “We are looking forward to some very active discussions as we explore what the current landscape is, and what it might look like in a few years.” This year the theme for the event is “Oceans and Opportunity: Trade in the Digital Age.” The business panel discussion will focus on digital transformation of the supply chain, and how the local tech sector is preparing for new opportunities. Panelists include Michael White (head of TradeLens at Maersk), Michael Foster (senior vice-president and chief Information and 24

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technology officer, CN), Matt Hebb (interim CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster), Bhavna Sethi (associate partner, Blockchain and cloud innovations, IBM). Delegates can also look forward to the annual golfing event at the Chester Golf Club, the opening reception, Chairman’s Breakfast, and the Terminal Operators’ & Stevedores’ Reception & Lobster Feast. Ongoing negotiations for a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel and other products, trade issues with the auto industry and the potential impact of tariffs on North American ports will be this year’s hot topics for the keynote speaker at the 2018 Halifax Port Days’ luncheon on Sept. 20. Laura Dawson is director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute in Washington and one of the world’s leading experts on Canada-U.S. relations. She’ll give the conference’s keynote address. Dawson is

an analyst and adviser on NAFTA, TransPacific Partnership and international trade. The founder of Dawson Strategic, an economic research and consulting firm, she was a senior advisor on economic affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. Dawson describes the institute, located in Washington, D.C. and established by Congress, as “a beachhead for Canadian interests in the U.S.” Dawson, born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and raised in Alberta, says that lately she’s been trying “to separate out the myths and realities” of what is happening with U.S. trade and NAFTA negotiations and Section 232 of the steel and aluminum tariffs. “It is really a complicated set of issues and its really been escalated to the level of political theatre so if you are a buyer, a seller, a shipper or a receiver, it’s hard to figure what is real and what you should be really concerned about,” she says.


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On the topic of free trade, Dawson doesn’t believe President Trump will pull the plug on NAFTA. “I think he is convinced it is an important agreement which is the basis of a lot of U.S. trade, especially in the agriculture sector in the U.S. That sector has been very effective in making that point to Trump,” she says. “Now he has moved to the position of where we have to modernize it and make it better for the U.S. So I wouldn’t worry we are going to lose NAFTA but at the same time people are saying we are about to get a deal [soon]. That is probably not correct. There is still a lot of technical work to do on the deal,” she says.

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Another myth, she suggested, is that “the U.S. is probably going to throw Canada under the bus” and do a bilateral deal with Mexico. That is not probably acceptable to Mexico and to a lot of U.S. businesses, she says. However, she does say it makes sense for the U.S. and Mexico to have bilateral talks about labour issues for the auto sector because they are the two parties most involved in that issue. “Canada could probably accept any deal those two work out. So when I hear the U.S. and Mexico are meeting without Canada, I’m not that worried because on that issue they have got a lot of ground to cover,” she says. Some of the shipping industry’s biggest stakeholders will attend Port Days. And lately, those people are worried about what impact Trump’s policies and tariffs may have on the flow of cargo and automobiles over their terminals. “The biggest concern is volatility, not necessarily that we are going to have big [cargo] drops in all areas, in fact we could have increases in certain areas of cargo because things are being deflected around the U.S. and Canada may actually be the preferred shipper on certain products,” Dawson says. “The quick changes are going to cost everybody money because you just don’t adjust these complicated and integrated supply chains overnight without having to pay the costs of the disruption.” And Trump’s proposed tariffs on automobiles imported into the U.S. should also bring concern as thousands of vehicles move over North American ports daily. “If this was any other time and we saw a White House that was responsive to economic impulses or to its own business or to Congress, we would say don’t worry about it but I think in the short term, until mid-November when we get the Congressional mid-terms [elections Trump] will hold tight to these brutal trade policies even if they cost U.S. industry money,” she says. The logic or lack of logic of Trump’s trade decisions has been baffling for business and Dawson says Trump’s trade policies and


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tariffs do not make a lot of sense because the U.S. stands to be hurt by these moves more than Canada. “In many cases these tariffs are putting U.S. businesses out of business,” she explains. “There have been some offers by the President for compensation, particularly for the farm sector but farmers are saying we don’t want welfare, we want open markets.” Citing soybeans as an example, a product China has targeted for tariffs as a retaliatory move against the U.S., Dawson says once you disrupt the supply chain it could be difficult to get it back. “If China starts buying soybeans from Brazil instead of the U.S. then Brazil becomes the preferred shipper,” she says. “Brazil becomes the reliable shipper.” And if tariffs are dropped it doesn’t automatically mean the U.S. will ever get that soybean business back. “It could be gone for good,” she adds. Dawson, who holds a doctorate in political science, says Trump’s trade moves are “entirely political.” They were devised by a President who campaigned on “ripping up trade agreements and he has a base that believes if you rip up trade agreements you will bring manufacturing jobs back to the heartland. The jobs have not returned but Trump is keeping his promises come hell or high water and will probably not make any significant shift until after the November mid-terms.” On the upside, Dawson says Canada’s foreign-affairs minister Chrystia Freeland is doing “a pretty good job” keeping these disputes separate and not letting them escalate one into another like “dealing with steel and aluminum and the auto industry as one set of issues and dealing with NAFTA as another set of issues.” Dawson suggested Canada has been “pretty practical about NAFTA. They have a very good relationship with Mexico” which is helpful because it is preventing the U.S. somewhat from doing a divide and conquer approach. She says Canada is also benefiting from local level supply alliances, which she feels have been most effective in getting U.S. attention in Washington. She points to Canadian businesses meeting with supply-chain partners on the other side of the border, going from Nova Scotia to Maine, for example. They are evaluating how much business they do together and stress to Maine government representatives how important this business is “and if they break up the relationship with Canada, you are actually going to lose votes and jobs.” Q


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