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Authority. “The collaboration with this new partner confirms the national importance of our project.” Montreal is the only container

port in Quebec and the largest port in Eastern Canada. In 2018, it handled over 1.7 million containers. The Contrecoeur Terminal is

envisioned to include two berths and a container handling area,

an intermodal rail yard, and a truck entry portal connected to the road network. The project is currently in the environmental permitting phase and is expected to be commissioned by 2024. Contrecoeur will add to the capacity

expanding provided

by the Viau Terminal, the first phase of was which completed in 2016. Earlier this year, MPA and LOGISTEC Corporation announced a new construction phase for Viau, to increase its

current handling capacity of 350,000 containers annually to 600,000 TEUs. Work, which began at Viau

in September and will run until December 2020, will include installation of two gantry cranes, development of two berths, and redevelopment of railway services and road access. The completion of Viau will end all possible development of container handling spaces on the Island of Montreal, hence the new


development at Contrecoeur. “With the completion of Viau

Terminal and the major terminal project at Contrecoeur well underway,” said Vachon, “the Port of Montreal is actively working to accommodate the growth of the container market for years to come.”

Port of Halifax

While Halifax hasn’t yet laid claim to a call from a ship

SCPA Reports Record Cargo Volumes

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its best monthly container volumes on record in August. SCPA handled 233,110 TEUs

at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in August, up 13% from the year prior. The port has handled 443,652 TEUS thus far in fiscal year 2020, up 9% from the same period last year. As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA

exceeding 11,400 TEUs, the port did welcome the aircraſt carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s largest-ever warship, with a displacement of 65,000 tonnes, extending 900 feet long and a capacity of 1,600 sailors. While the warship won’t be in full service until next year, the Canadian port, of course, continues to be, with work underway at the South End terminal, operated by Halterm. A $35 million CAN ($26.4

million USD) project to extend the terminal by 135 meters (443 feet) to 800 meters (2,624 feet) is expected for completion next year, according to Lane Farguson, port spokesperson. “Our focus right now is

taking the steps to ensure the Port of Halifax remains a big-

moved 132,233 pier containers in August, up 13% from a year ago. The port moved 58,966

breakbulk tons in August, up 43% from a year ago. The Port handled 19,032 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in August, up 45% from last year. Inland Port Greer reported

14,854 rail moves in August, up 24% from a year ago. Inland Port Dillon, now in its second year of operation, had 3,204 rail moves in August, up 60% from last year.

ship port,” Farguson says. “To stay relevant as a big-ship port, Halifax must be able to berth and service two ultra-class vessels at the same time by 2020.” The port’s website notes that

the berths are forecasted to increase containerized cargo volume 45% to 800,000 TEUs annually by 2030. The Port of Halifax has for

years boasted depths other eastern U.S. ports are digging for, namely the ports of Charleston and Virginia, each undergoing multimillion dredging projects. Halifax’s Fairview Cove

Container Terminal’s berth depth was deepened in 2005 to 55 feet, while in 2012 the South End Container Terminal’s depth sank to 52 feet, equal to Charleston’s.

A crane arrives at Port of Morehead City. (NC Ports photo.)

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