Halifax is a pip squeak on the word stage for containers. Consider the following port stats for 2016:
- Shanghai 37.133 mn (broke the 40 million mark by early December 2017)
- Singapore 30 mn
- Shenzhen 23 mn
- Rotterdam 12 mn
- Antwerp 10 mn
- New York 6.5 mn
- Montreal in 2017 about 1.35 mn (up 7% from 2016)
The arrival of the first 10,000 TEU ship was heralded, even tough 13,000 an larger are calling in nearby US Ports.
Nice as this increase my be, it is no invitaiton for complacency. The long promised master plan is needed now.
Overall Halifax port tonnage is up 12% signalling a major drop in non-containerized cargo. In fact export tonnage through HPA facilities was down a startling 25%. If non-HPA facilites are included there was an increase of 7.5% import and 7.7% export tonnage.
There was also good news on the passenger front, with 173 ships and 292,722 visitors, up 22.9% over 2016. (2014, 2015 and 2016 were off years. There were 252,121 passengers in 2013).