Halifax

Port of Halifax employers and longshore unions extend contract

The Halifax Employers Association (HEA) and the longshore unions representing waterfront labour at the Nova Scotia port have agreed to extend their contract for a year until the end of 2021. The current collective agreement and Mid-West Cargo rebate agreement were slated to expire on December 31, 2020. “The contract extension has been ratified by …

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Halifax receives largest container vessel to call at a Canadian port 

Photo Steve Farmer The largest containerized vessel to call at a Canadian port arrived today at the Port of Halifax. The CMA CGM Brazil, 366 metres length, 51 metres beam and 15,072 TEU capacity, berthed at PSA Halifax terminal. The gigantic containership would be the tallest structure east of Toronto if standing stern to bow. The …

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Ships diverting from Montreal as waterfront  labour strike accelerates

photo Albert Batten By Leo Ryan, Editor Ocean containerships have begun diverting from the Port of Montreal as rotating  waterfront labour strikes seriously disrupt normal traffic flows at Canada’s second-biggest port. Another new job action is on the horizon for Wednesday – this time by checkers manning pickets. The escalating conflict between the Maritime Employers …

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New mega Crane arrives at PSA Halifax 

HALIFAX – Continuing with the development of the South End Container Terminal, PSA Halifax, operator of the south-end facility, has welcomed another major piece of superstructure with the arrival of a new Super-Post Panamax (SPPX) ship-to-shore container gantry crane. Able to lift cargo more than 51 metres (170 feet) from the ground and with outreach …

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Halifax suspends entire 2020 cruise season

The Port of Halifax has suspended the 2020 cruise season following the announcement on May 29 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau of COVID-related, updated restrictive measures on cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters. Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers are now forbidden to operate in Canadian waters until October 31. An earlier …

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Halifax Port Days postponed to 2021

Traditionally held in September, Halifax Port Days has been cancelled by the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) due to COVID-19, it was announced today. “The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in national and global travel restrictions, self-isolation and quarantine measures, significant manufacturing disruptions, impacts on supply chains and considerable economic upheaval including mass global layoffs,” the HPA …

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Canadian container ports facing worst Covid-19 impact in May

By Leo Ryan, Editor While arguably fully operational amid the Covid-19 health crisis, Canada’s leading container ports are gearing up for big cargo declines in April, with the heaviest impact to date of the pandemic expected to strike in May. In an interview, Tony Boemi, Vice-President of Growth and Development for the Port of Montreal, disclosed …

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Cargo ship denied entry to Halifax over COVID-19 concerns

The Public Health Agency of Canada says a cargo ship travelling from Germany has been denied entry to the port of Halifax because several crew members have symptoms of COVID-19, according to a Canadian Press report.The Siem Cicero is carrying a shipment of cars, which is considered non-essential. In a statement, the health agency says it was …

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Cargo moving closer to normal at Montreal and Halifax

With CN freight services on the East Coast restored last week following the lifting of key Indigenous blockades lasting more than two weeks, the ports of Montreal and Halifax are making progress in reducing cargo backlogs and recapturing normal traffic flows. “We are seeing improvements and are concentrating now on restoring full fluidity with CN …

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