The Port of Halifax can boast the longest and deepest container berth in Eastern Canada.
On October 23, PSA Halifax announced its South End Container Terminal extension is now fully complete and operational with the inaugural vessel to call being the Zim Tarragona.
In addition to the extension, the recent installation of a new Super Post-Panamax (SPPX) crane, the largest in Eastern Canada, brings the total compliment of SPPX quay cranes at PSA Halifax to five.
Halifax Port Authority President and CEO Captain Allan Gray says he was thrilled to see the project completed, saying the COVID-19 pandemic only moderately slowed its completion by a month or two.
"It wasn't overly significant," said Gray. "But there was a slide in the sense that our contractors had to readjust themselves to working with social-distancing in a COVID environment."
Gray added the new extension is 800 metres in continuous length as well as 16 metres deep making it able to accomodate two ultra-class container vessels.
"This is about securing our future as Atlantic Canada's ultra-class gateway," said Gray.
He said project came in within budget at around $38 million