HALIFAX, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister
for the Atlantic Gateway, today visited the Port of Halifax to mark
progress on two significant projects. Led by Halifax Port Authority
representatives, Minister Ashfield toured the site of the recently
completed South End Terminal Expansion project and the construction
site of the Richmond Terminals Multipurpose Gateway Improvements
"Today we take an important step forward as we celebrate investments in
the Port of Halifax that will not only improve trade and traffic flows
to and from the region's largest deep-water port, but will also benefit
the economy by facilitating trade in the Atlantic region as a whole,"
said Minister Ashfield. "Halifax will be able to attract economic
opportunities as a result of these improvements to the Port. These
projects will improve the competitiveness of the Port by facilitating
the movement of international trade through the Atlantic Gateway and
Trade Corridor. Strategic infrastructure investments like these are key
to our Gateway's success."
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $17.5 million for the
South End Container Terminal project, which will allow the Port of
Halifax to berth two of the world's largest ships simultaneously,
giving it a competitive advantage in international trade. The
Government of Canada's contribution of up to $36.5 million to the
Richmond Terminals project will upgrade and expand the port's
value-added and breakbulk cargo handling services.
"Having the right infrastructure is key to being a highly competitive
trade gateway," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port
Authority. "These terminal enhancements, co-funded with the Government
of Canada, ensure we are able to accommodate future growth of both
containerized and breakbulk cargo operations in the Port of Halifax."
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.
Canada's Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor is the shortest all-water
route between North America's East Coast and markets in Europe and
Asia, via the Suez Canal. Double-stack rail service provides a direct
link to Chicago in 71 hours, and a two-hour fly zone connects the
Atlantic Gateway to Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New York.
More information on Canada's Atlantic Gateway can be found at www.atlanticgateway.gc.ca.
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South End Terminal Expansion project
The South End Terminal Expansion project includes three components at
the Port of Halifax's South End Terminal:
The Pier C extension
The Halterm Road Realignment
The Halterm Truck Marshalling & Gate Complex
The estimated cost of the three project components at the South End
Terminal is $35 million. The Government of Canada is contributing $17.5
million towards this project.
The primary objective of this project is to be able to simultaneously
berth and service two
post-Panamax ships at the South End Container Terminal.
The Pier C project component is complete and remaining project
components are substantially complete.
Richmond Terminals Multipurpose Gateway Improvements project
This project will upgrade and expand the value-added and breakbulk cargo
handling services that can be conducted at Richmond Terminals. The
facility is being expanded to enable roll on/roll off handling and
enhanced heavy lift capabilities.
The Government of Canada is funding the following seven components at
the Richmond Terminals:
The Pier 9B Reinforcement;
The Pier 9 Reinforcement;
Richmond Terminals Roadway;
The Shed 9A wastewater services;
The Shed 9 Canopy Redevelopment;
The Pier 9C/9D Construction; and
The Shed 9C Construction.
The estimated cost of the seven project components at the Richmond
Terminals is $73 million. The federal government is contributing $36.5
million towards this project.
All project components are currently planned to be completed by Spring
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa