HALIFAX, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Gerald Keddy,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret's, welcomed the Berlin Express to the Port of Halifax.
"I am proud to welcome the Berlin Express to the Port of Halifax. The
Berlin Express is one of largest ships in the industry" said
Parliamentary Secretary Keddy. "The shipping industry is critical to
Canada's future economic growth. I am proud to be a part of a
government whose investments in the Port of Halifax are making it
possible for large ships such as the Berlin Express to dock here,
growing our economy in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Gateway and
"Having the right infrastructure is key to being a highly competitive
trade gateway," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port
Authority. "The Port of Halifax appreciates the federal government's
support of infrastructure investments that allow us to improve
operations and work with stakeholders to maintain and grow the cargo
industry. We welcome the Berlin Express to the Port of Halifax, and we
value our continued long-standing relationship with Hapag-Lloyd."
The Berlin Express as well as the Yantain Express and Dalian Express,
owned and operated by Hapag-Lloyd, are the largest twenty-foot
equivalent unit (TEU) container vessels to call in the Port of Halifax
and on the Atlantic Coast of Canada. These Super Post Panamax vessels
with 7506 TEU capacity, 700 reefer plugs and 100,000 deadweight tonnes
at 320 metres in length are deployed by Hapag-Lloyd in the G6
Alliance's AZX service between Asia and North America via the Suez
Canal. The Port of Halifax and Ceres Terminal are the first inbound
call from Asia. This new service provides Canadian companies with
direct access between the growth markets in Asia for both dry and
temperature control cargo. Asia is the fastest growing segment of the
containerized business for the Port of Halifax.
Hapag-Lloyd has been a customer of the Port of Halifax since 1969.
Hapag-Lloyd's Canadian management recently received the Port's high
volume award for 2012. This was Hapag-Lloyd's 15th consecutive year as the top volume carrier.
The Government of Canada has invested $52.5 million in the Port of
Halifax for various projects to upgrade and improve its capacity. For
example the government has contributed up to $17.5 million for the
South End Container Terminal project at the Port of Halifax, which will
allow the Port to berth two of the world's largest ships
simultaneously, giving it a competitive advantage in international
The Government of Canada is committed to working with its public and
private sector partners to help position the Atlantic Gateway and Trade
Corridor as a key entry point into North America.
Under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, Canada is investing more
than $250 million in transportation infrastructure projects supporting
the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor.
The Port of Halifax and the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor are the
shortest all-water and intermodal inland route between North America
and markets in Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal.
More information on Canada's Atlantic Gateway can be found at www.atlanticgateway.gc.ca.
Image with caption: "From left to right: David Henderson, Vice-Chair and board member, Halifax Port Authority; Captain Anthony McGuinness; Karen Oldfield, President and CEO of Halifax Port Authority; and the Honourable Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's. (CNW Group/Transport Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130717_C8076_PHOTO_EN_29076.jpg
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Halifax Port Authority
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