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Port of Halifax records container cargo decline in 2023


The full-year traffic results of the Port of Halifax announced today show a decline in container cargo and robust activity in the cruise sector. Total 2023 cargo volume was 9.86 million tonnes.

“We welcomed more than 100 Ultra-Class vessels, and saw a return in cruise visits, but like other Canadian ports and ports around the world, we continue to navigate the effects of inflation, general consumer and economic weakness and geopolitical challenges that impact containerized cargo,” said Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice-President, Port of Halifax.

As a full-service, diversified port, the range of business in Halifax including cargo, cruise, breakbulk, real estate and other activities helped to balance outcomes for the year, the port stated.

Containerized cargo amounted to 546,163 TEUs versus just over 600,000 TEUs in 2022. There were 178 cruise vessel calls in 2023, welcoming more than 300,000 cruise guests.

“We worked with our partners to achieve solid results in 2023 and I’m proud of the work by everyone on our team at the Port to deliver exceptional service once again,” Mr. MacIsaac said. “With our partners at PSA Halifax, CN Rail, labour and trucking, and the framework set out in our 50-Year Plan, Halifax is well-positioned to capture opportunities as economies recover around the world, and to demonstrate the importance of planning for sustainability in all aspects of operations.”

Looking ahead to 2024, investment will continue in projects such as the extension at Ocean Terminals to provide more yard space for container operations at PSA, consolidation of breakbulk business at Richmond Terminals and the exploration of sustainable cruise ship expansion to Dartmouth that complements the surrounding community.

(Port of Halifax photo)