Port of Halifax welcomes fifth MSC service

Port of Halifax welcomes fifth MSC service

The Port of Halifax has officially welcomed its fifth MSC Service with the arrival of the MSC Elma to PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub.

The ship arrived on 11 June.

The Ecuador to NWC Service rotation includes stops at Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Halifax, Boston, Freeport, Balboa, Guayaquil, Puerto Bolivar, Guayaquil, Paita, Cristobal, Moin and Antwerp.

“This new service provides greater connectivity between Europe and Latin America for Nova Scotia importers and exporters looking to connect with these markets,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority.

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This service will call at PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub terminal.

The first vessel, the MSC Elma, is 300 metres long with a carrying capacity of 9,408 TEU.

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PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub terminal features the longest and deepest berth of any port in Eastern Canada, with a continuous quay length of 800 metres at a depth of 16.5 metres.

The terminal has unimpeded access to international shipping lines, and includes an area of 32 hectares and also has five super post-Panamax (SPPX) cranes.

Two additional SPPX cranes and new yard handling equipment will arrive later this year.

In January 2023, the Port of Halifax reached an annual throughput of over 600,000 TEU for the first time.

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