Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
June 13, 2023, Halifax, NS – With the arrival of the MSC Elma on Sunday, June 11 to PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub, the Port of Halifax has officially welcomed its fifth MSC Service. The Ecuador to NWC Service rotation includes stops at Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Halifax, Boston, Freeport, Balboa, Guayaquil, Puerto Bolivar, Guayaquil, Paita, Cristobal, Moin and Antwerp.
“This new service provides greater connectivity between Europe and Latin America for Nova Scotia importers and exporters looking to connect with these markets,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “PSA Halifax is doing a tremendous job expanding the services through Halifax and the global reach for those moving goods through our international gateway.”
This service will call at PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub terminal. The first vessel, the MSC Elma, is 300 metres length overall with carrying capacity of 9,408 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub terminal features the longest and deepest berth of any port in Eastern Canada, with a continuous quay length of 800 metres at a depth of 16.5 metres. The terminal has unimpeded access to international shipping lanes, includes an area of 32 hectares and has five super post-Panamax (SPPX) cranes. Two additional SPPX cranes and new yard handling equipment will arrive later this year.
About the Port of Halifax:
The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2022, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.87 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $3 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.5 billion in GDP, $1.6 billion in labour income and over 25,300 jobs.
Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo, and project cargo. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.
The main approach channel and Berths 8&9 at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe have been deepened to improve access for the world’s largest container ships.
The announcement was formally made today (4 October 2023) during the maiden call at the port of its namesake the OOCL Felixstowe, the latest in a series of 24,188 TEU mega container vessels operated by Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (“OOCL”).