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Table of Contents Portside Notes The latest on cargo and ship movements, key stakeholders, and new development Pilots’ association elects Atlantic vice-president . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Standing on guard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Connecting at the Pier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Around the Port A year of transition As global uncertainty continues, the Port builds, collaborates, and adapts . . . . . 7

Feature Cruising back After a two-year pandemic pause, cruise ships from around the world return to the Port of Halifax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Sailing Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Feature

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ON OUR COVER: After a two-year pandemic pause, cruising has resumed, with Halifax welcoming visitors from around the world. Photo: HPA

INSET: Shipping giant PSA International recently took over operations at Halifax’s Ceres terminal. Photo: HPA

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PORTSIDE NOTES

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CAPT. ROSS CALDER WAS RECENTLY ELECTED ATLANTIC VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN MARINE PILOTS’ ASSOCIATION, REPRESENTING PILOTS THROUGHOUT ATLANTIC CANADA.

CANADIAN MARINE PILOTS’ ASSOCIATION ELECTS ATLANTIC VICE-PRESIDENT Capt. Ross Calder is the Canadian Marine Pilots’

Association’s newly elected Atlantic vice-president. Calder is a master mariner and a Class A Unlimited Licensed Marine Pilot serving in Halifax Harbour, responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient transits of container ships, tankers, cruise ships, and cargo ships of all sizes. “It is an honour to be elected,” Calder says in a press release. “My career prepared me well for this important role. I am grateful for the confidence my colleagues placed in me and I look forward to serving pilotage and, through this, the public interest.” Prior to becoming a marine pilot in 2015, Calder worked on several types of vessels during his 17-year career. Originally from 4

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Cape Breton, Calder lived in New Brunswick and Ontario before moving to Halifax. In 2017, he was elected district chairman of the Halifax Pilots, a group dating back to 1750. “All of us at the CMPA feel fortunate to count on someone of Capt. Calder’s calibre to represent the region in important discussions with government, industry, and the public,” says Capt. Simon Pelletier, president of the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association. “His good judgement and experience make him an ideal team member and a great leader for Atlantic Canada.” Transport Canada licenses Canadian marine pilots to conduct vessels through the country’s main waterways.


STANDING ON GUARD Earlier this year, HMCS Montréal left

its home port of Halifax for a six-month deployment as part of the Royal Canadian Navy’s ongoing support of NATO in European waters, a mission that’s proved tenser than anticipated, due to the Russian war on Ukraine. Preparing for the deployment required much toil from the ship’s company, plus many fleet maintenance personnel getting the frigate ready for sea. In a recent report for the Trident, the navy’s newspaper, Joanie Veitch details their efforts. “The lead-up to a ship like Montréal going on a high readiness mission — that’s the hardest thing we do as a navy,” says Lieutenant-Commander Ian Blay, an engineer in Halifax. “It’s a huge process and a ton of work: tens of thousands of hours.” While the operational schedule for fleet vessels is mapped out on a five-year cycle, the hardest part is the 18 months before deployment, reports Veitch. “At its most basic, we look at what’s broken that we have to fix,” Blay explains. “Corrective maintenance is the first category of maintenance, but we’re also looking at preventative maintenance: what needs to be done so that things won’t break.

Doing that helps us get ahead of things to ensure things go as smoothly as possible.” The work begins with ensuring the ship will be safe at sea. After they finish hull work, the team inspects and maintains damage control systems and firefighting equipment. Next are the propellers, gas turbines, and diesel engine. No matter what the mission, a naval vessel needs to be ready to fight. Veitch says that’s where Steve Watters and the Combat Systems Engineering division team come in. “Every deployment has new systems or software installations, which always lead to a few gremlins that you have to work out,” says the 17-year naval veteran and nowcivilian worker. On Montréal, a challenge was the installation of a new version of software for the Combat Management System. “Being able to share contact data between ships, including our allies, is a key component to effectively operating in a modern navy,” Watters adds. As with all deployments in recent years, COVID-19 was another obstacle. While Montréal’s crew of 240 was

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preparing for deployment, rising Omicron case counts triggered tighter precautions at the Halifax naval base, affecting work schedules and the timing of trials. “When COVID first hit it had a huge effect, but over time we’ve been able to adapt,” Blay says. “We have moved to more shift work so there aren’t as many people working together at one time ... It’s always a sprint to the finish line, but COVID just makes it even more so.”

CONNECTING AT THE PIER The PIER recently hosted the Ocean of Data Challenge, at the

new living lab for the transportation sector on the Halifax waterfront. The challenge invited Atlantic Canadian university students to use ocean data to examine urban port sustainability and efficiency, with a chance to win over $2,000 in prizes. In addition, Bell, the PIER’s telecommunications provider, launched its 5G-ready managed wireless private network, boasting “robust” connectivity and coverage in a secure environment to companies working in the collaborative workspace.

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AROUND THE PORT AROUND THE PORT

A YEAR OF TRANSITION AS GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES, THE PORT BUILDS, COLLABORATES, AND ADAPTS By Tom Peters

The skyline at PSA’s Atlantic Hub

Terminal in the south end of the Port of Halifax will change in early 2023 with the arrival of two new Super Post-Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes. The new cranes will be able to reach across 24 containers, making them capable of spanning the largest vessels deployed along the North American East Coast. The cranes will join PSA Halifax’s five existing Super Post-Panamax units alongside the main berth. “As the first port of call on North America’s East Coast for ships transiting the Atlantic from Europe and South Asia, PSA Halifax offers an uncongested gateway for importers in Canada and the United States to connect directly with Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, Montreal, and Moncton using our on-dock rail facility,” CEO Jan Van Mossevelde says in a release.

“The new cranes will ensure that our highly efficient, low impact through-port container movements are matched at the waterfront by equipment capable of handling the behemoth vessels regularly calling at the terminal.” Port stakeholders welcome the news. Kevin Piper is president of the Council of ILA Locals, representing Port workers. “We are very pleased to see the significant investments PSA Halifax continues to make in terminal superstructure and the effort that is being made to grow the business, both to the benefit of our members and of the broader community,” he says. In other infrastructure news, the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is beginning to infill the basin between Piers A-1 and B at Ocean Terminals, just north of PSA’s Atlantic Hub Terminal. This project started in May 2022.

HPA officials say the infilling is part of a long-term plan for the Port, creating a new location for the sequestration of pyritic slate generated from construction projects in downtown Halifax and reducing the number of trucks (and related greenhouse gas emissions) hauling slate to the Fairview Cove sequestration facility. The HPA says that in preparation for these projects, Pier A-1 including sheds 33 and 34 and the pier rail sidings, are now unavailable for access to general cargo operations. There is alternative terminal and shed space available at Ocean Terminals and Richmond Terminals. Officials expect infilling to take about three years, depending on how much pyritic slate downtown construction projects generate. During that time, they expect to use 500,000 cubic metres of infill and finishing material to create 3.2 hectares SUMMER 2022 ||

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CARGO TURBULENCE Cargo figures for the first quarter of 2022 are down slightly. TEU throughput dipped 9.5 to 125,052, a decrease of 9.5% compared to 138,917 during the same period in 2021. The TEU decline translates to a drop in tonnage at HPA facilities from 1,031,167 tonnes in the first quarter of 2021 to 970,871 so far in 2022. Non-containerized tonnage at HPA facilities increased 0.8% in the first quarter of this year to 56,890 tonnes, compared to 56,074 tonnes in the first three months of 2021. A side note to that decline is a 22.5% drop in non-containerized exports. There are “ongoing global challenges that are out there,” says HPA spokesman Lane Farguson. “We are still seeing vessel

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of yard space. Fisheries and Oceans Canada granted a Fisheries Act Authorization in 2018, and “habitat offsetting” is planned to protect sea life. Workers are also scheduled to install 260 artificial reefs to bolster marine environmental remediation.

“The new cranes will ensure that our highly efficient, low impact through-port container movements are matched at the waterfront” — Jan Van Mossevelde

bunching and congestion in other ports,” which impacts supply chains. He also cites harsh weather early in the year and the ongoing cargo and market disruptions from the Russian war on Ukraine. And COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, particularly rocking the vital Chinese market. Farguson says what is happening in China is reminiscent of what happened during the first pandemic wave when manufacturing plants and ports closed impacting trade with Southeast Asia and subsequently North America. At non-HPA facilities, non-containerized cargo dropped 20.1% in the first quarter of 2022 to 837,163 tonnes from 1,047,415 tonnes in the first three months of 2021. Port-wide, cargo traffic dropped 12.7% from 2,135,016 tonnes in the first quarter of 2021 to 1,864,924 tonnes in the same period of this year. In the 2022 figures, import cargo overall, was down 10.7% and export was down 14.6%. Farguson says the HPA is moving to full digital cargo reporting, which will provide precise real-time figures in future.

Every day, the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard sail forth from the Port of Halifax. These fleets are reminders of Canada’s intent to preserve the safety and freedom of the seas that connect Canada to the global economy. Ships, sailors, and the sea have always defined the Port of Halifax and Fleetway is thrilled to call Halifax homeport and to be engaged in nationally important work. The National Shipbuilding Strategy is animating the growth of the ship repair and shipbuilding industry in Halifax, and we can feel it. The strategy is fueling the growth and sophistication of our engineering and logistics services and fostering the development of talent graduating from regional universities and colleges. Fleetway employees are filled with pride when they see the frigates, ice breakers and commercial ships come and go from port, reminders of their work that helps ensure the operational readiness of these ships and their success at sea. Visit www.fleetway.ca for information on Fleetway offerings and career opportunities.

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The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is moving into the former Cunard Centre in early July, says Farguson. The market currently shares space with an area usually dedicated to cruise passengers. “We have some overlap between the start of cruise and the end of the market in June,” he says, adding that there are only a handful of cruise calls scheduled for Saturdays before the move, when the farmers market is operating. The new market space will occupy approximately 18,000 square feet of Pavilion 23 in the west end of the space. The HPA is working to fill the remainder of Pavilion 23 with tenants that complement the Halifax Seaport District.

The PIER (Port Innovation, Engagement and Research) lab is moving forward in its development and at this stage “everything is up and running,” says Farguson. “Members and groups are working out of the space (located in the former farmers market area) and as we move through the next phase of COVID, we are working to bring more people and staff onboard.” Farguson says one of the more immediate projects is opening the operations’ centre where the HPA, CN, and PSA Halifax can begin work on operational matters. The PIER, billed as Canada’s first “living lab” aims to bring industry stakeholders together to solve supply chain and logistics challenges. PHOTOS: HPA

MARKET ON THE MOVE

RETAIL PRESENCE Northern Watters Knitwear & Tartan Shop is now open in its new location at 1209 Marginal Rd. in the Seaport District, across from Garrison Brewery. The store, specializing in knitted products, has locations in Halifax and Charlottetown. Another business moving into the Seaport District is the local favourite Café Chianti restaurant, which recently moved from its former home on Barrington Street. The new seaport restaurant boasts an outdoor deck and roof top with a panorama of the harbour.

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FEATURE PHOTO: HPA

CRUISING BACK AFTER A TWO-YEAR PANDEMIC PAUSE, CRUISE SHIPS FROM AROUND THE WORLD RETURN TO THE PORT OF HALIFAX By Tom Peters

The 2022 cruise season in Halifax got underway April 26

with the arrival of Norwegian Getaway, a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel and American Queen Steamboat Company’s Ocean Navigator. Halifax has 151 cruise visits scheduled, with the season running until Nov. 5, but that number could go up as the season progresses and travellers become more comfortable with cruising. “We are starting the rebuilding process in a strong position,” says Halifax Port Authority president and CEO Capt. Allan Gray. “With 151 expected vessel calls in 2022, we are at 85% of where we left off 10

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in 2019, which is a great position to be in. Nova Scotia is a place that people want to visit, and the cruise lines want to come here. We remain a safe, welcoming destination with natural beauty and authentic experiences.” The cruise industry is a major contributor to the local tourism economy in Atlantic Canada. In 2019, the last year of cruise, Port officials estimated the economic benefit for Halifax and the surrounding area at $165 million. “Certainly we are excited about the cruise restart,” says HPA


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“Nova Scotia is a place that people want to visit, and the cruise lines want to come here. We remain a safe, welcoming destination”

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spokesman Lane Farguson. “In a normal year it is almost a continuation because cruise ships arrive until the end of October or early November. We then would take a few months of down time before we fire things back up again.” But because we have had over two years since the last vessel calls, the Port has been in a rebuilding position, he adds. Even though the physical infrastructure is still in place “a lot of the people who worked in the cruise industry, not necessarily for us at the HPA but for the different service providers, tour operators, and others attached to the industry, aren’t necessarily there anymore. Some have moved into other jobs while some moved into retirement,” he says. Another challenge has been refurbishing and replacing of equipment that sat idle for two seasons. “When you turn off a machine or a piece of equipment or a bus and fire it back up after a few months, you pretty much expect that piece of equipment is going to spark back to life, but SUMMER 2022 ||

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if it has been sitting for a couple of years, the restart may not go as smoothly as you want,” explains Farguson. HPA has also been working with government transport and health officials to implement COVID protocols to ensure the safety of portside workers, crew, and travellers. Farguson adds the cruise ships also have protocols, including testing and quarantine. Passengers must also be fully vaccinated and tested before departure. With ships running under capacity, predicting the number of visitors is hard. “During a normal cruise season, we could pretty much anticipate how many cruise guests we were going to see, based on the number of calls and on occupancy levels of ships,” Farguson says. “But this year, because they are still working to fill those vessels, we won’t know quite as early how busy or how full those vessels are going to be.” Owners of the local businesses that serve the cruise industry are happy to have the ships back. John Campbell owns the Sou’wester restaurant and gift shop at Peggy’s Cove, Halifax’s most popular shore excursion.


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MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES COUNT ON CRUISE TRAFFIC TO EXTEND THEIR MOST LUCRATIVE SEASON.

“I feel confident we will have a good year” — John Campbell

“It’s great, especially for our fall business,” he says. “When it gets into late October, we could have four times what a normal day would be if the cruise ship wasn’t there, so it is great when you can extend your tourist business ... I feel confident we will have a good year.” He adds that the last two years were the worst in the company’s 55-year history, with federal funding all that kept it afloat. As with other operators, finding workers is

his current challenge. “We are looking at getting back to full staff so for me that means hiring 30 new people,” he says. Dennis Campbell, CEO of Ambassatours Gray Line and Cable Wharf Kitchen & Patio on the waterfront, says his staff is “over the moon” about the return of cruise. “We expected a lot of people to leave the industry, but they didn’t in our cruise ship operations,” he says. “Our attrition was about the same as if we had two regular years.” He attributes that to the number of retirees working for the company. “Most of them don’t need to work for us, so they do it by choice,” he says. “They love it, and they are coming back. It is really encouraging, and the signs are looking bright.” Ambassatours provides bus excursions for the majority of cruise lines that call Halifax, and in addition to the restaurant, operates the Harbour Hopper amphibious tours and other vessels. He believes seeing the cruise schedule at 85% of 2019 levels is a good sign. “2019 was our best season ever,” he notes. “If everything keeps going the way it is going, we should have a nice recovery.”

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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-IMP / Wed-EXP

PSA Fairview Cove

ACL

CMA CGM

CMA CGM SL1 Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

CMA CGM

Eimskip

Eimskip Green Line Service

Reykjavik (IC)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Eimskip

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Antwerp (BE) - Hamburg (GE) - Le Havre (FR) Rotterdam (NE) - Southampton (UK)

cc-tc

Weekly

Europe Import: Tuesday; Europe Export: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd ATA Service

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

cc-gc-tc

Weekly

Mon-IMP / Wed-EXP

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Hyundai

Hyundai AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Antwerp (BE) - Hamburg (GE) - Le Havre (FR) Rotterdam (NE) - Southampton (UK)

cc-tc

Weekly

Imp Europe: Tuesday; Exp Europe: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

HMM

Maersk

Maersk CAE Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Maersk

Melfi Marine

Melfi MedCaMex Service

Setubal/Lisbon (PT)

cc-gc-tc

12 days

varies

PSA Atlantic Hub

Melfi

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Canada Express 1 Service

Sines (PT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Tuesday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC INDUS2 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Sines (PT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Thursday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Nirint Shipping

Nirint ECCE Service

Bilbao (SP) - Rotterdam (NE)

cc-tc

15 days

varies

Ocean

Nirint

PSA Fairview Cove

ONE

PSA Fairview Cove

Yang Ming

NORTH EUROPE

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Antwerp (BE) - Hamburg (GE) - Le Havre (FR) Rotterdam (NE) - Southampton (UK)

cc-tc

Weekly

Import Europe: Tuesday; Export Europe: Saturday

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Antwerp (BE) - Hamburg (GE) - Le Havre (FR) Rotterdam (NE) - Southampton (UK)

cc-tc

Weekly

Import Europe: Tuesday; Export Europe:Saturday

SOUTH EUROPE (MEDITERRANEAN) Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL7 Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Hapag Lloyd

Melfi Marine

Melfi MedCaMex Service

Barcelona (SP) - Genoa (IT) - Livorno/Leghorn (IT) - Valencia (SP)

cc-gc-tc

12 days

varies

PSA Atlantic Hub

Melfi

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Canada Express 1 Service

Marsaxlokk (MT) - Naples (IT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Tuesday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Canada Express 2 Service

Barcelona (SP) - Valencia (SP)

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday - export (eastbound)

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC INDUS2 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Barcelona (SP) - Freeport (MT)

cc-tc

Weekly

Thursday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim ZCA Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Friday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Zim

LATIN AMERICA (CARIBBEAN, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA) Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Balboa/Rodman (PA) - Cartagena (CO) Caucedo (DR)

cc-tc

Weekly

Europe Import: Tuesday; Europe Export: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Hyundai

Hyundai AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Balboa/Rodman (PA) - Cartagena (CO) Caucedo (DR)

cc-tc

Weekly

Imp Europe: Tuesday; Exp Europe: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

HMM

Melfi Marine

Melfi MedCaMex Service

Mariel (CU)

cc-gc-tc

12 days

varies

PSA Atlantic Hub

Melfi

Nirint Shipping

Nirint ECCE Service

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

cc-tc

15 days

varies

Ocean

Nirint

PSA Fairview Cove

ONE

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Balboa/Rodman (PA) - Cartagena (CO) Caucedo (DR)

cc-tc

Weekly

Import Europe: Tuesday; Export Europe: Saturday

Tropical Shipping

Tropical Canada-Caribbean Service

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

cc-tc

Weekly

Sunday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Tropical Shipping

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Balboa/Rodman (PA) - Cartagena (CO) Caucedo (DR)

cc-tc

Weekly

Import Europe: Tuesday; Export Europe: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

Yang Ming

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim CFX Service

Kingston (JA)

cc-tc

Weekly

Thursday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Zim

Weekly

Thursday (via CFX Service)

PSA Atlantic Hub

Zim

Zim ZCP Service

Via the Panama Canal: Kingston (JA)

cc-tc

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Zim Integrated Shipping Line

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SUMMER 2022 Line

Service

Ports Served (alphabetically)

Cargo Type

Frequency

Day

Terminal

Agent

CMA-CGM CJX Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG) - Yantian (CH)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

CMA CGM

COSCO AWE5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG) - Yantian (CH)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

COSCO

Evergreen PE1 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG) - Yantian (CH)

cc-tc

Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Evergreen

Hapag-Lloyd EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Hyundai

Hyundai EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

cc-tc

Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

HMM

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC INDUS2 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Mundra (IN) - Nhava Sheva (IN)

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Weekly

Thursday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Ocean Network Express “ONE”

ONE EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

ONE

OOCL

OOCL SEAP Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG) - Yantian (CH)

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

OOCL

Yang Ming EC5 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Cai Mep/Vung Tau (VN) - Colombo (SL) - Jebel Ali (UA) - Laem Chabang (TH) - Port Kelang (MY) - Singapore (SG)

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

Yang Ming

Zim ZCP Service

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

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Weekly

Thursday (via CFX Service)

PSA Atlantic Hub

Zim

SOUTH / SOUTHEAST ASIA & MIDDLE EAST CMA CGM COSCO Evergreen Hapag-Lloyd

Yang Ming

NORTH ASIA Zim Integrated Shipping Line

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

ACL A Service

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

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Weekly

Mon-IMP / Wed-EXP

PSA Fairview Cove

ACL

CMA CGM

CMA CGM SL1 Service

Monreal (QC)

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

CMA CGM

CMA CGM

CMA-CGM CJX Service

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

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

CMA CGM

COSCO

COSCO AWE5 Service

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

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

COSCO

Eimskip

Eimskip Green Line Service

Argentia (NL) - Portland (ME)

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Eimskip

Evergreen PE1 Service

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

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Evergreen

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Evergreen Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Los Angeles (CA) - Oakland (CA) - Port Everglades (FL) - Seattle (WA) - Vancouver (CA)

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Weekly

Europe Import: Tuesday; Europe Export: Saturday

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd AL7 Service

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

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Weekly

Friday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Hapag Lloyd

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd ATA Service

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

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Weekly

Mon-IMP / Wed-EXP

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd EC5 Service

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

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

Hapag Lloyd

Hyundai

Hyundai AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Los Angeles (CA) - Oakland (CA) - Port Everglades (FL) - Seattle (WA) - Vancouver (CA)

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Weekly

Imp Europe: Tuesday; Exp Europe: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

HMM

Hyundai

Hyundai EC5 Service

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

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

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Maersk

Maersk CAE Service

Montreal (QC)

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Maersk

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Canada Express 1 Service

Montreal (QC)

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Weekly

Tuesday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC Canada Express 2 Service

Montreal (QC)

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Weekly

Sunday - export (eastbound)

Mediterranean Shipping Company

MSC INDUS2 Service

Via the Suez Canal: Baltimore (MD) - Boston (MA) - Norfolk (VA) Philadelphia (PA)

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Weekly

Thursday

PSA Atlantic Hub

MSC

Oceanex

Oceanex Service

St. John’s (NL)

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Oceanex

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

ONE AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Los Angeles (CA) - Oakland (CA) - Port Everglades (FL) - Seattle (WA) - Vancouver (CA)

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Weekly

Import Europe: Tuesday; Export Europe: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

ONE

Ocean Network Express "ONE"

ONE EC5 Service

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

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

ONE

OOCL

OOCL SEAP Service

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

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Weekly

Saturday

PSA Atlantic Hub

OOCL

Transport Maritime Service International

Transport Maritime Service (St. Pierre et Miquelon)

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

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Weekly

Wednesday

PSA Fairview Cove

TMSI

Tropical Shipping

Tropical Canada-Caribbean Service

West Palm Beach (FL)

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Weekly

Sunday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Tropical Shipping

Yang Ming

Yang Ming AL5 Service

Via the Panama Canal: Los Angeles (CA) - Oakland (CA) - Port Everglades (FL) - Seattle (WA) - Vancouver (CA)

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Weekly

Import Europe: Tuesday; Export Europe: Saturday

PSA Fairview Cove

Yang Ming

Yang Ming

Yang Ming EC5 Service

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

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Weekly

Monday

PSA Fairview Cove

Yang Ming

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim CFX Service

New York (NY)

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Weekly

Thursday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Zim

Zim Integrated Shipping Line

Zim ZCA Service

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

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Weekly

Friday

PSA Atlantic Hub

Zim

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FEATURE

UNITED FRONT PSA INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES CERES HALIFAX AND TAKES OVER OPERATIONS AT FAIRVIEW COVE By Tom Peters

PSA International, operator of the

south end container terminal (recently rebranded “the Atlantic Hub”) in the Port of Halifax, recently bought Ceres Halifax Inc. and will now also operate the Port’s Fairview Cove Terminal. Both terminals will operate under PSA Halifax. PSA acquired Ceres Halifax from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. “Bringing the former Ceres terminal at Fairview Cove into the PSA family ensures that with one port authority (Halifax Port Authority), one rail operator (CN) and one workforce (ILA), a unified approach can realize service benefit and flexibility for all customers and stakeholders that are not otherwise available,” says PSA CEO Jan Van Mossevelde. The Fairview Cove terminal, at the Port’s north end, will complement the Atlantic Hub’s existing operations for vessels of up to 9,000-TEU capacity as part of its integrated offerings. 16

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Port of Halifax

“Bridges between the open ocean and PSA Halifax Fairview Cove limit vessels at that location to around 9,000-TEU nominal capacity, but up to that capacity we will work with all stakeholders to find the best fit in Halifax for customers,” Van Mossevelde explains. “Today, only one or two services in the week could not pass the bridges, so at the two locations PSA Halifax offers tremendous berth flexibility for its customers.” PSA Halifax’s Atlantic Hub terminal continues to build up Eastern Canada’s Ultra-Class capability, offering the ability to handle the largest container ships on North America’s East Coast. In recent years, the terminal has welcomed a new service from Europe and announced Canada’s first direct connection with India. In May 2021, it received Canada and East Coast North America’s largest container ship, handling its first 16,000-TEU vessel from Asia. PSA management says that with fast

and efficient CN Rail service, backed by a unique and growing network of coastal feeder opportunities, PSA Halifax’s Atlantic Hub and Fairview Cove terminals will offer superior logistical support and environmentally beneficial options for a range of shippers. “Global shippers — for example, many North American retailers, forest and agri-producers, plus global ocean carriers, all of which would call in New York as well as in Halifax and some of which also call in Boston, Montreal, and Saint John — drive market opportunities for many different stakeholders in the supply chain,” Van Mossevelde says. “With that critical mass of business to secure there is very rarely, if ever, just one option to connect point A to point B.” He adds that the success of the Halifax gateway and the supply chains that use it depends “on the alignment of a relatively few parties to Halifax’s benefit, but there are


PHOTO: STEVE FARMER

still always alternatives. PSA Halifax, along with its supply chain partners CN, Halifax Port Authority and with its ILA workforce, intend to keep building on our history of success by remaining competitive, working together for customers.” HPA president and CEO Capt. Allan Gray agrees. “Our operating model provides cost advantages to those looking for a reliable and efficient way to move cargo inland now and in the future,” he says. “We know that the cargo owner has options and decides what is best for them after carefully weighing time, reliability and cost, so with a new, long-term lease agreement in place with PSA Halifax and more streamlined operations from the pilot station right through to the terminals, we are confident that we can work with partners to ensure the cost remains competitive.” Gray adds that the HPA will continue to spend strategically on new infrastructure. PSA Halifax recently announced it bought two new Super Post-Panamax cranes for the south end terminal, to be delivered in early 2023. And “is in the process of reviewing all Fairview Cove’s superstructure in combination with the demand from customers and the expected development along North America’s East Coast,” Van Mossevelde says. “In the short-term, PSA Halifax will position an additional Reachstacker for the Fairview Cove operation and further developments are expected.” Industry reaction is cautiously optimistic. “The long-term stability of container terminal operations at the Port is a very critical platform for future traffic development,” says Fritz King, Atlantic Container Line’s Canadian managing director. “PSA’s commitment clearly strengthens that opportunity. ACL, and our parent company, Grimaldi, both work with PSA and find them extremely efficient and forward thinking in their business approach. Their

acquisition of Fairview Cove should spur much needed investment in terminal equipment, technology, and infrastructure.” From a user’s perspective, the Port of Halifax’s geographic advantages as the closest port of call from Europe to North America and its natural deep harbour are major pluses, but there are disadvantages, King adds. “Halifax is 1,000-plus miles (1,600 km) further away from major consumer markets than are the ports of Montreal, New York, and Baltimore. To remain viable, Halifax is heavily dependent on timely and economically getting cargo that additional 1,000 miles.”

To offset that, “Port players must be fully committed to work as team players,” King says. “Individual greed or short sightedness will quickly destroy opportunity. Vigilance and time will be the determining factors for us all.” Richard Moore, president of the Halifax Employers Association, is optimistic. “The acquisition of Ceres Halifax by PSA will usher in a new era of capital investment, growth and improved global competitiveness, achieved in part, through the resulting economies of scale made possible by the merger,” he says. Moore cites Ceres Halifax’s reputation for customer service. “PSA has already demonstrated its commitment to growing the business in Halifax and making our Port a major player in the global supply chain by investing in new cranes, equipment, and technology,” he says. “The acquisition of Ceres Halifax is just more proof of that. The best job security for our workforce is continued growth, which PSA is committed to achieving. Like King, he’s calling for the Port community to stay united: “It will be incumbent on all stakeholders and partners to put their best efforts forward in helping PSA Halifax succeed in achieving their goal and their vision for the Port of Halifax.”

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