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STEADY AS SHE GOES Cargo, cruise, and spinoffs aplenty— recapping another busy year in the Port of Halifax

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Table of Contents Portside Notes The latest on cargo and ship movements, key stakeholders, and new development­­s ACL christens its newest G4 vessel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Strong partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 International connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Around the Port Steady as she goes

CONTAINER-CARGO TRAFFIC STAYS STRONG AT THE PORT OF HALIFAX .

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Sailing Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Feature Connecting the world HALIFAX IS THE “HEARTBEAT” OF A COMPANY BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN UNDERSEA CABLES . . . . .

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Feature Love in the Port of Halifax TAI SIMPSON’S LONG MARITIME CAREER TOOK HIM THROUGH WAR AND PEACE, AND LED HIM TO HIS WIFE .

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ON OUR COVER:

With strong numbers in every category and diverse spinoff business, the Port of Halifax caps another successful year.

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PORTSIDE NOTES

In October, ACL christened its new G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun, at FAPS Port Newark Auto Marine Terminal at the Port of New York & New Jersey. Registered in the United Kingdom, the Atlantic Sun was the last of the five vessels in ACL’s new G4 fleet, which began transatlantic service in August 2017.

Strong partners For the fourth consecutive year,

regional shipper Oceanex has won Toyota Canada’s Kaizen Excellence Award as a Key Logistics Partner. “This recognition is presented to companies which strive to continuously improve all functions of their business,” says a press release. “Oceanex received

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this year’s award for its Green Marine initiatives, specifically our targeted sulphur reductions, enhanced auto transportation and distribution program, enhanced claims control and process, Marine Mammal Observation Network, as well as our continual pursuit of safety excellence.”

Oceanex management credits the success to its workers. “Without the hard work and commitment each member of the Oceanex team shows daily, this award would not be possible,” says the press release. “Thank you to our team for your tireless dedication towards improvement.” Q

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ACL christens its newest G4 vessel


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International connections strategy to diversify its regional network. The worldwide shipping group, which calls regularly on the Port of Halifax, announced the deal with the container-transportation and logistics company in October. Founded in 1966, Containerships is a Finnish company specializing in intra-European containerized trade with 690 employees. Containerships offers its clients a range of services, including intermodal logistic support. With the acquisition of Containerships, CMA CGM bolsters its position as a major player in intra-European transport, in particular through the combination of the geographical areas covered by Containerships and and MacAndrews (a CMA CGM subsidiary and specialist in intra-European multimodal logistics). MacAndrews, recently merged with OPDR, covers Great Britain, Poland, Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain (including the Canary Islands), Portugal, and Morocco. Containerships is present in the Baltic markets, Russia, Northern Europe, North Africa, and Turkey. Customers of the CMA CGM Group’s intra-European activity will now benefit from the expertise of 2,700 employees located

PHOTO: HPA

CMA CGM has acquired Containerships, strengthening its

in 130 offices. In 2017, CMA CGM and Containership’s intraEuropean lines carried 2.2 million TEU of cargo. With Containerships, CMA CGM is also pursuing its strategy towards the protection of the environment with the upcoming entry into Containerships’ fleet of four 1,400-TEU vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). These vessels will be followed, from 2020 onwards, by the entry into service of the nine 22,000TEU and two 1,400-TEU container ships ordered by CMA CGM. In addition, Containerships has a fleet of LNG-powered trucks, enabling the CMA CGM Group to offer LNG throughout the transport cycle. Q

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PHOTO: STEVE FARMER

AROUND THE PORT HALIFAX SHIPYARD BUILDS THE NEXT GENERATION OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY.

Steady as she goes CARGO, CRUISE, AND SPINOFFS APLENTY—RECAPPING ANOTHER BUSY YEAR IN THE PORT OF HALIFAX By Tom Peters Halifax’s container cargo continues

to flow at rates comparable to 2017’s record-setting pace according to thirdquarter figures released by the Halifax Port Authority. The Port handled 141,340 TEU containers in the third quarter of 2018, down 2.1% from the same period in 2017. Overall container figures for the first nine months of the year show the Port handled 417,245 TEU, down 0.4% compared to the first nine months of 2017. Import container cargo tonnage was down 0.8% for the first nine months of this year compared to 2017; export cargo dipped 4.6% for the same period. HPA communications manager Lane Farguson isn’t overly concerned about the small dip. “Certainly we are on par with where we were at this point last year and last year was our highest volume year-to-date,” he says. “We are still seeing good solid cargo flowing through Halifax.” In 2017, Halifax handled a record-setting 559,242 TEU. 8

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Farguson says HPA is aiming to stay on course. “[HPA] will continue to do what we have been doing,” he explains, “which is work closely with the shipping lines, terminal operators, labour, CN, and pilots and tugs to continue to drive cargo through our international gateway.” At cargo facilities not operated by the HPA, import cargo was up 11.3% for the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period last year and export cargo increased 11.8% for the same period. Port-wide, cargo at both HPA and nonHPA facilities saw import cargo increase in the first nine months of 2018 by 5.6% to 3,394,756 tonnes and export cargo jumped 3.7% to 3,318,286 tonnes. See a complete summary of the statistics at portofhalifax.ca.

CRUISE LEADER The Port of Halifax wound up a record cruise season on Nov. 6, welcoming some 198 cruise vessel calls and approximately 316,869 guests.

The season had many highlights. “We saw a higher number of vessel calls earlier in the season, which is good for local tourism operators,” Farguson says. “That, combined with very strong numbers in September and October, contributed to the busiest season yet for the Port of Halifax.” Some exciting firsts highlighted the season. “It was very exciting to be the first North American port of call for the Norwegian Bliss during her maiden voyage earlier this year,” Farguson says. “And in September, we welcomed the highestpassenger-capacity vessel Halifax has ever seen, the Norwegian Escape, which carries over 4,200 cruise guests plus crew.” A successful cruise season requires many stakeholders working together. “[HPA] would like to acknowledge and thank all the various groups and organizations who have worked hard to build and grow the cruise industry here in Halifax and across Atlantic Canada,” Farguson says. “It’s an incredibly long list and it shows just how many people


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are involved in the tourism industry here in Halifax and across Nova Scotia.” The record year did prove beneficial for the many Halifax retailers, entertainment and restaurant venues, tourism agencies, vendors, gallery owners and tour operators such as Ambassatours Gray Line, which provides a multitude of excursions for cruise guests. “Generally we saw an increase in interest in eat-local or drink-local tours,” says Ambassatours communications manager Terri McCulloch. “Specifically this season, in Halifax, our ‘Hop On For Hops’ craftbrewery tour aboard British double-decker buses increased by 100%.” The tour included three breweries and blended with a city tour. “One new tour this year was Bay of Fundy themed: ‘Explore the Ocean Floor’ at Burntcoat Head, site of the world’s highest tides,” says McCulloch. “This tour was offered exclusively to Holland America. One tour participant commented she was so pleased with the trip that she was a bit emotional, describing her walk on the ocean floor as a bucketlist item.” Nova Scotia’s unique flavours are another hit with visitors. “Tours offering local seafood, craft beer and local wine are becoming increasingly popular season-to-season,” she says. “Holland America has even partnered with a wine and food magazine to showcase excursions featuring local culinary tastes.” In 2019, tour operators will continue to tweak their offerings to appeal to cruise passengers. “[Ambassatours is] working with the lines to determine what might be of interest,” McCulloch says. “We are working on new tours that, as usual, will be customized to fit our specific clientele interests. She looks forward to another busy season. “[We] certainly benefited from having more ship arrivals, larger ship arrivals, and great weather,” she says “We broke several of our own records for ridership this season in all four ports in which we operate. We are looking forward to a busier and even more successful cruise season in 2019.”

CRUISE SPINOFFS BOLSTER LOCAL BUSINESSES LIKE TOUR-INDUSTRY LEADER AMBASSATOURS.

The HPA has announced it will extend the pier by 135 metres. The extension will be 67 metres wide. HPA president and CEO Karen Oldfield calls the $35-million project a “temporary fix” that will allow the terminal to handle two ultra-large container ships simultaneously. Oldfield said getting the extension up and running by the first quarter of 2020 is a “timing issue.” She expects that 70% of the world’s container ship fleet will be made up of vessels 10,000 TEUs or greater by 2021 so the extension is needed to stay competitive. Q

NEXT GENERATION NAVY Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMCS Harry DeWolf launched Sept. 15, marking a milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. Built at the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard, Harry DeWolf , at 103 metres and 6,615 tonnes, is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years. Harry DeWolf, named in honour of wartime Canadian naval hero Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf and christened by Canadian first lady Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the ship’s sponsor, is now at the Halifax Shipyard pier where work continues on preparing the ship for sea trials in 2019. The ship is scheduled to be turned over to the navy in summer 2019. Kevin McCoy, president of Irving Shipbuilding, says the christening marks “the culmination of years of hard work by thousands of people across Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast. We are incredibly proud of our more than 1,900 Atlantic Canadian shipbuilders who rose to the challenge of constructing the first ship of its class in Canada’s most modern shipyard. The men and women of the Halifax Shipyard have ensured the highest quality of workmanship has gone into the future HMCS Harry DeWolf .” Construction of the second and third ships, Margaret Brooke and Max Bernays, is already under way at Halifax Shipyard.

SOUTH END PIER TEMPORARY EXPANSION The HPA has called tenders for dredging at its South End container terminal, operated by Halterm Ltd., in preparation for its plans to extend the pier. Tenders closed in October.

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FEATURE

PAUL KRAVIS

WITH ITS SPECIALIZED CABLE-LAYING VESSELS IT INTERNATIONAL TELECOM CANADA HAS A UNIQUE MARKET NICHE.

Connecting the world HALIFAX IS THE “HEARTBEAT” OF A COMPANY BECOMING AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN UNDERSEA CABLES By Tom Peters A small Canadian company has

developed its own niche in the subsea cable world, bringing international attention to the Port of Halifax and its marine community. IT International Telecom Canada, Inc. specializes in the transportation and installation of subsea fibre optic and power cable, says Paul Kravis, vice-president of marketing and marine systems. With headquarters in Montreal and an office in Barbados that handles international projects, IT International Telecom has its marine depot at Halifax’s Pier 9. The independently owned and managed company started in 1995. In Halifax, IT International Telecom has established its largest facility, which the company calls the International Telecom Marine Depot. The depot is the storage area for the company’s mobile gear, is used by its sister company’s two cable-laying ships during Canadian operations and also has offices for sales and marketing, survey division and other functions. The Halifax depot has approximately 40 employees who specialize in the transportation, installation, and maintenance of subsea cable. They also help run and maintain the two vessels. 10

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“Halifax is not only the heartbeat of our organization from transportation to cable storage perspective but aids our international office with marketing and sales,” Kravis says. “We maintain cables for many systems that are installed in the North Atlantic, whether they are transoceanic or regional systems.” Kravis offers more details. “We have about 26 cable tanks here and thousands of kilometres of cable that are tagged as spare and that includes repeaters, parts and pieces that are required,” he adds. Being Canadian “is quite unique in this industry,” said Kravis. “Most companies in this industry are foreign. We have developed a good niche market, own all our own equipment and our companies have two cable ships that are specifically built for laying subsea cable.” Those ships are CS IT Intrepid and CS IT Interceptor. IT International Telecom has carved out its niche in this highly competitive industry, specifically in regional work as opposed to the major transoceanic projects. “Most of the competitors we have are foreign,” he says. “We are probably the only real Canadian company that installs

and maintains subsea fibre-optic cable and take it out with our own cable ships. There are a couple of small companies out West that kind of dabble in this and one specializes more in power cable than fibre.” There is a larger U.S. company in the business “but their real market is the transoceanic systems, what we call the repeater fibre optic world where our specialty is the non-repeater side,” Kravis says. “We do a lot of work in the Caribbean and Canada. We have installed between Nova Scotia and P.E.I., New Brunswick and Newfoundland, out West and have done a huge amount work for companies like Telus and Shaw in the area of more regional communications systems.” IT has worked in over 65 countries. In the Caribbean, it’s been involved linking multiple islands, streamlining systems for cable television systems and communications users. “Satellite has always sort of been the go to communications method for offshore platforms and in very remote areas but fibre optics is most definitely the best way to go,” Kravis says. “There are locations obviously that you just can’t get fibre


to like the remote north. Although we are surveying routes for the northern governments to connect communities with fibre to places like Iqaluit.” Kravis said that one of the biggest issues with telecommunications systems is latency delay between two points on the globe. Satellite has an inherently large latency delay while fibre optics is basically latency-free allowing data networks to communicate quickly. Kravis also pointed out that price of capacity on satellites is extremely expensive. The capital cost investment and maintenance of fibre optics, plus the far superior bandwidth, far outweighs the performance and cost of satellite or microwave systems. Having its marine base in Halifax, in the heart of a diverse marine community, has been beneficial to IT International Telecom especially when it comes to attracting “offshore-type employees,” says Kravis. “The Coast Guard has been a good feeding ground for marine-related people. IT International Telecom was kind of born out of a joint venture between the Coast

Guard and what used to be Teleglobe Canada. Teleglobe actually had a cable ship on charter from the Coast Guard and a lot of our people began their careers in the subsea fibre business on that vessel. Once IT International Telecom was formed a lot of those people joined our company.” Another benefit of IT International Telecom being located in Halifax is its proximity to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown in the Annapolis Valley. “We hire a lot of surveyors from there,” says Kravis, “IT also partners with local companies that do survey, permit and marine environmental work.” Competing with players around the globe, IT International Telecom has developed its own industry niche and built a solid reputation internationally. “For a small Canadian company

we have gained some great success in other parts of the world and in doing so brought focus to Halifax,” Kravis says. “Most everyone employed here is from the Atlantic region. We like to consider ourselves a good base company in the Halifax area.” Q

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SAILING SCHEDULE Line

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-rr

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 Green Line Service

Reykjavik (IC)

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)

AL1

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

AL8

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

Ceres

ONE

Wallenius Willhelmsen

WW A Service

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

cc

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

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

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

cc-gc-tc

13 days

Thursday

Halterm

Melfi

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

AL7

Algeciras (SP), Barcelona (SP), Tarragona (SP), Valencia (SP)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

ONE

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

NORTH EUROPE

SOUTH EUROPE

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

Havana (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

Halterm

Melfi

Ocean

Nirint

Monday

Halterm

Tropical Shipping

Halterm

Zim

Thursday

Via the Panama Canal: Kingston (JA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday/ Thursday

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)

EC5

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp / Wed-Exp

Ceres

ONE

OOCL

OOCL SEAP Service

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

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

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim CFX Service

SOUTH / SOUTHEAST ASIA & MIDDLE EAST APL

Evergreen

Yang Ming

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WINTER 2018 Line

Service

Ports Served (alphabetically)

Cargo Type

Frequency

Day

Terminal

Agent

Zim ZCP Service via CFX Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Wednesday/ Thursday

Halterm

Zim

NORTH ASIA Zim Integrated Shipping Line

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

ACL A Service

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

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

ACL

Atlantic Container Line

ACL AL1 Service

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

cc-gc-tc-rr

Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ACL

Halterm

APL

APL

APL PE1 Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday/ Sunday

CMA CGM

CMA CGM SL1 Service

Montreal (QC)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

Halterm

CMA CGM

Weekly

Saturday/ Sunday

Halterm

CMA CGM

Weekly

Saturday/ Sunday

Halterm

COSCO

CMA CGM

CMA-CGM Columbus Service

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

cc-tc

COSCO

COSCO AWE5 Service

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

cc-tc

Eimskip

Eimskip Green Line Service

Argentia (NL) - Portland (ME)

cc-tc

Weekly

Thursday

Halterm

Eimskip

Evergreen

Evergreen PE1 Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp/Wed-Exp

Ceres

Hapag Lloyd

Maersk

Maersk CAE Service

Montreal (QC)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

Halterm

Maersk

Oceanex

Oceanex Service

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

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Weekly

Thursday

Halterm

Oceanex

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

AL1

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

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Weekly

Sunday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

AL7

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

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Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

ONE

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

AL8

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

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Weekly

Monday

Ceres

ONE

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

EC5

Via the Suez Canal: New York (NY), Norfolk (VA), Savannah (GA)

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Weekly

Fri-Imp, Wed-Exp

Ceres

ONE

OOCL

OOCL SEAP Service

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

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Weekly

Saturday/Sunday

Halterm

OOCL

Transport Service International

Transport Maritime Service (St. Pierre et Miquelon)

St.-Pierre and Miquelon (FR)

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Weekly

Friday

Halterm

902-4819335

Tropical Shipping

Tropical Canada-Caribbean Service

West Palm Beach (FL)

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Weekly

Monday

Halterm

Tropical Shipping

Wallenius Willhelmsen

WW A Service

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

cc

Weekly

Mon-Ex / Sun-Im

Ceres

Wallenius

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL1 Service

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

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Weekly

Sunday

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Fri-Imp/Wed-Exp

Ceres

Yang Ming

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim Container Service Atlantic (ZCA)

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

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Weekly

Wednesday

Halterm

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim Contain Service Italy (ZCI)

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

Ceres

Zim

Zim Container Service Pacific (ZCP)

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

Weekly

Wednesday/ Thursday

Halterm

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

cc – containerized cargo

gc – general cargo

tc – temperature-controlled cargo

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rr – roll-on/roll-off cargo

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Love in the Port of Halifax AL SIMPSON’S LONG MARITIME CAREER TOOK HIM THROUGH WAR AND PEACE, AND LED HIM TO HIS WIFE By Tom Peters It’s most likely Al Simpson learned

to tie knots during his 24 years in the naval reserve. But the one he tied in 1983 onboard the Polish cargo ship W. Sikorski took on a “fairy tale” flavour, with a much greater meaning than hitching a couple of ropes together. Simpson, 67, a resident of Eastern Passage, was born in England in the port city of Felixstowe. He came to Halifax at the tender age of two when his parents “kidnapped me to Canada,” he says with a touch of humour. However, England wasn’t out of his blood; he returned to Felixstowe to train with Fred Olsen Lines (commercial division) and TOR Line to become a ship’s agent and cargo superintendent. The training became beneficial to 14

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Simpson as a reservist and a UN Peacekeeper in Egypt after the ArabIsraeli War in 1973. Simpson was based for a period in Alexandria, Egypt. While he was there people jokingly said to him that since he was a naval storesman he should look after the cargo being brought into Alexandria on UN ships. “So I was acting as liaison for UN peacekeeping for the port and that was my first experience getting into ships again on the commercial side,” he recalls. “So I looked after cargo coming into different bases.” Back in Felixstowe, Simpson was on one of his last trips as an agent when he went to the Netherlands and an agent in Rotterdam invited him to go for a tour

of the city. A young woman named Anna was sitting in the agent’s office and the agent asked if she could go along. “She was Polish and had arrived on a ship with Polish Ocean Lines,” Simpson says. “She was travelling on the round trip to the U.S. She wanted to see the port as well, so he asked if he could take two. We did almost three hours. She knew English and we had a good conversation. But she was shy to talk.” After the tour Al and Anna went on separate vessels, she to the U.S. and he back to England. At that point Al was planning to return to Canada as he had completed his training. Simpson came back to Halifax and landed a job with an agency, Great

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IN 1983, AL SIMPSON MARRIED ABOARD THE POLISH CARGO SHIP W. SIKORSKI


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ANNA LEFT HER NATIVE POLAND TO BUILD A NEW LIFE WITH AL SIMPSON IN HALIFAX.

Eastern Shipping, and worked for a wellknown port figure of the time, Victor Bayne. “Victor was my boss and I was his first employee. He was really good,” says Simpson, who was operations manager and in equipment control. Great Eastern Shipping was the agent for the Polish Ocean Lines, which was the first container customer at Fairview Cove in 1982. Anna’s best friend was on one of the

first Polish Ocean Line vessels that arrived at Fairview Cove. It was a new container/ ro-ro vessel, Simpson remembers. Simpson took the captain and his wife and Anna’s best friend around Halifax. They went to Citadel Hill and took photographs “and getting me in the pictures. She took the pictures back to Poland and showed them to her friend [Anna],” said Simpson.

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Anna started to write letters to Al having them delivered by the captain of the Polish vessel. “This was the time of martial law in Poland and the only person who could get on and off the ship without being searched or checked was the captain,” Simpson says. “So he was bringing letters to me and taking letters back. He was also taking American dollars from me


THE CARGO SHIP W. SIKORSKI BROUGHT ANNA AND AL SIMPSON TOGETHER FOR GOOD.

to her and coffee and stuff they needed. We hit it off so much. Our thinking was alike 99% of the time so we said, what the heck, let’s get married.” In order to get Simpson’s name, Anna had to arrange a civil marriage in Poland

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before there could be a church wedding. “She got the family lawyer to stand in for me by proxy, in order to marry me. So she got my name, went to the Canadian embassy in Warsaw, got an entry visa and across she came. She

IN 2008, AL WOULD VISIT POLAND WITH ANNA, CELEBRATING THEIR MARRIAGE WITH HIS NEW EXTENDED FAMILY.

landed here in Halifax in April 1983,” said Simpson. On May 14, 1983 when the Polish vessel arrived in Halifax, Al and Anna were married on board the W. Sikorski by a Polish priest. An Anglican minister

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from Missions to Seafarers stood as witness. The ship’s master, Capt. Dula, was also Anna’s godfather; he gave the bride away. That memorable knot was tied. The couple has been married for 35 years and have an adult daughter, Christina. “It is a fairy-tale story that people find hard to believe,” says Simpson. After working with Great Eastern Shipping, Simpson went to work for Kerr Steamships looking after car carriers,

container ships (K-Line) at Halterm, and also a port agent for the Soviet fishing fleet when they came to Nova Scotia. Following his stint with Kerr, Simpson went to work for Montreal agency Fednav in 1986. “They stole me away to Hamilton to run their office,” he says. “It was there that I became sick, too sick to work for nearly 10 years.” Following his recovery he used his military training to get into

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the federal government and spent 13 years with the Department of National Defence at the Halifax Dockyard. Al and Anna, who became a Canadian citizen, are now retired and enjoy a great view through their front window of the harbour-pilot station at Chebucto Head. In 2008 they went to Poland to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. “We had a big party over there,” Simpson says. Q


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