PSA International arrives in Halifax


Halifax, NS - PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA) has completed the acquisition of the only container terminal in Eastern Canada that can handle mega container vessels, Halterm Container Terminal at the Port of Halifax.  Halterm operates three container berths with depth of up to 16 metres and is currently undergoing further berth expansion, including the delivery of a fifth Super Post-Panamax Crane, which will enable it to handle two mega container vessels at the same time in 2020.

PSA International is a world-renown terminal operator with a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 18 countries. "We are excited to welcome Halterm into PSA's global family of ports, as PSA's first coastal terminal in Canada. We look forward to working alongside the Halifax Port Authority, customers, staff and the local community, as well as key stakeholders like the International Longshoremen's Association and Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to further enhance Halterm's capabilities and connectivity to serve the needs of shippers in the greater hinterland of Canada and beyond," said Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International.

"With international reach, deep knowledge of the international shipping industry and strong global partnerships, we look forward to working with PSA International, sharing with them best practices and developing new technologies and digital strategies that will position the Port of Halifax for future growth, for the benefit of both our organizations, for Halifax, for Nova Scotia and all of Canada," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. "On behalf of the port community in Halifax, I would also like to recognize and thank Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for what has been a valuable business relationship over the past many years." Photo HPA



Port of Vancouver  receives federal funding for five infrastructure projects


VANCOUVER - Canada's federal government  announced a major investment of $102 million for five projects that will increase efficiency at the Port of Vancouver and move Canadian goods to international markets.

The projects are: $42.7 million to consolidate the operations of the Annacis Auto Terminal and the Richmond Terminal to accommodate the growing Asian automobile market and improve rail operations in the area; $12.2 million to improve road and rail traffic operations and develop new rail-serviced bulk export marine terminals within the Fraser Surrey Port Lands; $39.4 million to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the Portside/Blundell corridor in Richmond; $1.6 million to explore ways to handle increased trade volumes by evaluating the viability of short sea shipping in Greater Vancouver; and $6 million to develop a real-time dashboard for the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert to measure end-to-end performance of the supply chain for all cargo moving through both ports.

"Our government is investing $12.2 million to improve road and rail traffic operations and develop new rail-serviced bulk export marine terminals within the Fraser Surrey Port Lands. These much needed road upgrades and rail crossings, along with Port Vehicle Access Control System gates, four queuing lanes and an electronic queue management system will help reduce congestion, increase efficiency and make our streets safer," said Randeep Sarai, MP for Surrey Centre, who was on hand along with Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport to make the announcement. "This is great for Surrey."

"It's critical that we provide for the smooth movement of people and goods to foster economic growth and take advantage of the trade opportunities offered by Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway," added Joe Peschisolido, MP for Steveston-Richmond East. (photo VFPA)



Large federal investment in Port of Nanaimo infrastructure


Nanaimo, BC - Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, announced on July 24 a major investment of $46.2 million for an infrastructure project that will increase capacity at the Port of Nanaimo, and move Canadian goods to international markets more efficiently as well as provide better connections between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The work includes expanding the existing wharf from 182 metres to 325 metres, building a new warehouse, a new administration and maintenance building, a new truck gate, replacing the existing crane with two 24-metre cranes and increasing the terminal's storage area.

The overall project is expected to cost $90 million, with the port authority and terminal operator DP World contributing to the funding. (photo NPA)


CSL Group joins The Trident Alliance

CSL se joint à l'Alliance Trident



The Trident Alliance, a network of shipping companies and other stakeholders with a shared interest in robust and transparent enforcement of environmental regulations, announced that the CSL Group has become its newest member. As a member of The Trident Alliance, CSL has committed to compliance with the new IMO 2020 maritime Sulphur regulations and to support the transparent enforcement of these regulations.

"Safety and environmental stewardship are fundamental corporate objectives and core values at CSL," explained Louis Martel, President and CEO of CSL Group, a Canadian-based provider of marine dry bulk cargo handling and delivery services. "So we are delighted to join the Trident Alliance and add our voice to the growing calls for fair enforcement of environmental compliance."

"I am very happy to welcome The CSL Group to the Trident Alliance," said Roger Strevens, the Chair of the Trident Alliance and VP of Global Sustainability for Wallenius Wilhelmsen. "Our coalition has swelled to include 49 shipping owners and operators from around the globe, all sharing a common interest in effective enforcement of maritime Sulphur regulations and the will to collaborate to help bring it about. I applaud the strong commitment and visionary leadership from each of our members." (photo Paul Beesley)


CargoM announces Foreign Trade Zone for Montreal

CargoM annonce la désignation de Centre zone franche pour Montréal



CargoM, together with its partners, has announced the Foreign Trade Zone Designation for the territory of the metropolitan community of Montreal. This Foreign Trade Zone Point designation is the thirteenth granted by the Economic Development Agency of Canada.

"Investments in a resource dedicated to the Foreign Trade Zone Point channel the dynamism and keen interest in our constantly growing sector of activity," said CargoM executive director Mathieu Charbonneau. "With the Foreign Trade Zone designation, Montreal has just acquired another tool to boost its attractiveness as an international trade hub and gateway to North America, for the great benefit of our importers and exporters as well as the entire logistics and transportation sector."

"Designating the region a Foreign Trade Zone Point will streamline access to government programs and services," commented Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. "In addition to fostering economic growth, this will help local businesses optimize their exports abroad and in turn, generate more jobs at home."

A Foreign Trade Zone Point is generally a well-defined location in a given country where the purchase or import of raw materials, inputs or finished goods is officially eligible for exemption from customs duties and taxes. Such materials and goods may generally be stored, processed or assembled in the FTZ for re-export (in which case they are generally not subject to taxes and customs duties) or for sale on the domestic market (in which case taxes and duties are deferred until they enter the market).

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