The new Mediterranean service by Hapag-Lloyd to the Port of Saint John is off and running following the recent agreement between the German shipping line and Canadian Pacific. As scheduled, the Liverpool Express containership arrived at the New Brunswick port early yesterday and offloaded containers before departing for Montreal.
“Nothing better than having the first North American stop on a shipping service,” Jim Quinn, President and CEO of the Saint John Port Authority, told CBC News. He remarked that certain vessels heading to Montreal cannot be fully loaded due to shallower waters. Now they can remove a few hundred containers before proceeding to Montreal.
Inbound cargo will utilize the geographic and intermodal attributes of Port Saint John, particularly the Canadian Pacific service which offers a significant rail distance advantage into the US Midwest.
The presence of a world-class container terminal operator, DP World, and the West Side Modernization Project slated to be complete early in 2023, continues to attract private sector investment and interest in the Port of Saint John, the port has affirmed.
Keith Creel, CP President & CEO, recently stated: “We are just starting to unlock the potential that Port Saint John holds. CP is proud and excited to work with Hapag-Lloyd, Port Saint John, DP World and supply chain enablers across New Brunswick. This new service will bring more economic growth to the region and provide a vital link to the world.(Photo Saint John Port Authority)