With 16 direct liner services, including transshipment and feeder services, the Port of Halifax plays a vital role in serving world markets. On any given day, a wide range of products shipped through the Port find their way into homes, offices and communities here and around the globe. The diversity of the region and the markets served through Halifax are reflected in the changing nature of the cargo imported and exported.
The Port of Halifax has an abundance of export cargo and an ample supply of empty containers. There is no congestion, low dwell times and capacity at both terminals and on rail. The Port of Halifax offers numerous options for drayage service, regional and long haul truck transportation which means faster container turnaround, lower costs and improved transit times.
The Port of Halifax serves many of the world’s leading global shipping lines calling at either of the port’s two container terminals: the South End Container Terminal (Halterm) or the Fairview Cove Container Terminal (Ceres).
Halifax has capacity to more than triple its current container volume. With minimal expansion and efficiency upgrades, Halifax could handle 2.5 million TEUs.
The Port of Halifax handles every imaginable configuration of breakbulk cargo including, heavy lift, roll-on/roll-off, steel coils and forest products. The Port has a range of dry bulk and liquid bulk terminals, including a full service grain elevator complete with both in-bound and out-bound conveyance.
Halifax’s general cargo facilities were designed to service a wide variety of breakbulk cargo segments efficiently, including steel, rubber, totes, forest products, heavy lift/project cargoes and cargoes related to offshore supply. Loading options include ship, rail, truck and storage.
Ro/ro cargo has emerged as a unique specialty for the Port of Halifax. Halifax Autoport Terminal is one of the largest vehicle processing and transloading facilities in North America and connects directly to CN's transcontinental rail network. Autoport attracts over 100,000 vehicles a year and has welcomed Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC M/V) which is one of the world's largest auto-carriers.
Autoport covers 40.5 hectares and has five track rail siding accommodating over 30 railcars per setting, plus 50 truck loading bays for wheeled vehicle traffic. It also boasts a 201-metre floating dock, with 13.7-metre berths.
The Port of Halifax has multi-user facility terminals that are capable of handling bulk, as well as special-project cargo. Wharves are maintained by Imperial Oil and a number of other private companies for the shipping of petroleum products and by National Gypsum Limited for the loading of gypsum.
The Halifax Grain Elevator receives and delivers grain and feed products destined for local and global markets.
New to the port is "containerized bulk cargo." The Grain Elevator has been adapted to handle containerized product with investments made into a “tip and load” facility. Today, the elevator handles pulse products, such as soybeans grown in Atlantic Canada, shipped by container now to Asian countries via Halifax.
The Halifax Grain Elevator is situated west of Ocean Terminals and is connected to Pier 26, Pier 28 and P&H Milling through a system of galleries and conveyors. Pier 25 is equipped with a marine leg for receiving grain. Pier 28 is equipped with six grain towers capable of delivering 50,000 bushels of grain per hour. The facility is operated by the Halifax Grain Elevator Limited under lease from HPA. The purpose of the facility is to provide a secure supply of feed for the livestock industry in the Province and to provide export opportunities for wood pellets and grain products. The grain elevator has a storage capacity of over 135,000 tonnes.