By Mike MacKenzie
This past week was a promising one for the Halifax Gateway, with good news that will benefit business and industry looking to capitalize on Halifax’s strategic location as a shipping and transportation hub.
In case you missed it, here are two stories from this past week that show how the Halifax Gateway makes the connection.
Port of Halifax Expansion
The Port of Halifax is gearing up to receive some of the world’s largest container vessels. A $35-million expansion of the Port’s South End Container Terminal is approaching the finish line, with only one-third of the project yet to be completed. The depth of the port’s berth has been extended from 14.5 to 16 metres and its pier extended to 80 metres, which will further open the port to some of the biggest vessels in the world.
The big ships, known as post-Panamax vessels, are much wider than traditional transport boats with many holding a capacity of over 15,000 containers. With 142 visits in 2011, post-Panamax vessels already have a history of calling in Halifax, but Michele Peveril of the Halifax Port Authority says the new extension will allow greater flexibility in scheduling additional calls with the large ships.
NEXUS fast-tracks U.S.-bound screening
Many passengers flying to the U.S. through Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport will soon have shorter wait times for screening. This past week the Canadian Government announced the extension of the NEXUS program to include trans-border travel into America. Under the program, passengers holding a NEXUS card will be fast-tracked at security screening and customs checkpoints.
While the NEXUS program is already in use for domestic and some international flights, this announcement marks the first time NEXUS passengers will be able to fast-track screening for U.S. bound travel.
That’s what happened this past week. So in case you missed it, you’re now in the know.
Author: Mike MacKenzie
Mike is the Communications and Marketing Assistant with Greater Halifax Partnership, currently working as a Bachelor of Public Relations co-op student. A lover of all things communications and strategy related, Mike is often known to spend his free time analyzing the latest-and-greatest PR/advertising campaigns. As a relative newbie to the Halifax scene, he can also be seen strolling the streets of downtown looking for the next cool thing that the city has to offer.