January 26, 2017, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The 2017 cruise season in Halifax will be the busiest to date. A record number of passenger visits and vessel calls will get underway on April 24, 2017 with the arrival of the Amadea, a Phoenix Reisen vessel. “We are very excited about the year ahead,” said Cathy McGrail, Interim Vice President, Operations, Halifax Port Authority.
Tropical Shipping is set to begin its service from the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. On January 9, 2017, the Vega Omega voyage 0011 will depart Halterm International Container Terminal bringing improved import and export connectivity to customers in Florida, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
The Port of Halifax welcomed over 238-thousand cruise guests during the 2016 cruise season. This year saw 238,217 guests arriving on 136 cruise vessels. The busiest passenger day was October 11, a five-ship day.
The Halifax Port Authority has commenced a significant master planning exercise to prepare for the arrival of ‘ultra-class’ containerized vessels of over 10,000 TEU; large scale industrial mega projects; increasing larger cruise vessels; and how the Halifax Seaport District can complement the urban growth and revitalization currently underway in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth.
The Halifax Port Authority is taking a proactive step to increase traffic safety along North Marginal Road. Starting November 15, 2016, there will be new 3-way stop signs located at the intersection of North Marginal Road and the entrance to Richmond Terminals Pier 9C.
The Halifax Port Authority applauds the efforts of the Government of Canada and the European Union in signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, more widely known as CETA.
The final vessel of the 2016 Halifax cruise season, the Royal Caribbean International Serenade of the Seas, is scheduled to arrive Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.