Winter Operations Plan Commitment
Winters in Nova Scotia—and Canada in general—can be unpredictable. One year can bring extreme snowfall amounts, while the next can be mild with warmer temperatures and higher rainfall amounts.
The Halifax Port Authority (HPA), Ceres Halifax Inc., (operator of Fairview Container Terminal), CN Intermodal, Maintenance & Transportation, Halterm Ltd., (operator of the South End Container Terminal), and HPA as operator of Ocean and Richmond Terminals hold a number of meetings to prepare each year and to develop a plan to minimize seasonal impacts on service.
As a group we are committed to the following undertakings:
Terminal Infrastructure and Equipment:
HPA, Ceres Halifax Inc. and Halterm Ltd. Have recently spent over $100,000 on infrastructure to raise terminal tracks, upgrade terminal gate and yard rail switches and install new drainage to prevent ice building-up.
HPA and each terminal operator have also added new salt storage bins, increased salt on-hand and procured/increased snow and ice removal equipment.
- Joint 24/7 planning communications involving Ceres Halifax Inc. management, CN Intermodal, Maintenance & Transportation management, Halterm Ltd. management and HPA management.
- Joint daily monitoring of Environment Canada weather forecasts.
- Weather forecast will drive actions by each terminal operator and CN to complete existing terminal and rail operations including adding additional labor and/or shifts and preparation for immediate recovery.
- Terminal operators, in consultation with unionized workers, have developed yard strategies for easier and more efficient plowing and snow removal to address changing operational demands based on weather conditions.
- Terminal operators and HPA will provide notification of operational hours as early as possible during events.
- CN will post network service level bulletins to its winter web site.
Ceres Halifax Inc., CN, Halterm Ltd. and HPA pledge their commitment to 24/7 communication, winter storm planning, performance tracking, immediate corrective actions, and increased transparency for the purpose of expediting rail car fluency through the Port of Halifax throughout the winter months and the entire year.