The Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia has welcomed the Berlin Express, one of Hapag Lloyd’s three super-post-Panamax vessels with 7,506 20-foot-equivalent units of capacity.
The Berlin Express, which is 320 meters (about 1,050 feet) in length with 700 refrigerated plugs and 100,000 deadweight metric tons, is the largest container vessel to call at the port and the Atlantic coast of Canada. The vessel, along with its sister ships, the Yantian Express and Dalian Express, are deployed by Hapag-Lloyd in the G6 Alliance’s AZX service connecting Asia and North America via the Suez Canal. The Port of Halifax and Ceres Terminal are the first inbound call from Asia.
“I am proud to be a part of a government whose investments in the Port of Halifax are making it possible for large ships such as the Berlin Express to dock here, growing our economy in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor,” said Gerald Keddy, Canada’s parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Atlantic Gateway, and Parliament member for Nova Scotia’s South Shore-St. Margaret’s, in a written statement.
“Having the right infrastructure is key to being a highly competitive trade gateway,” added Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. “The Port of Halifax appreciates the federal government’s support of infrastructure investments that allow us to improve operations and work with stakeholders to maintain and grow the cargo industry.”
The Canadian government has invested $52.5 million in the Port of Halifax for various projects to upgrade and improve its capacity, including a $17.5 million investment in the South End Container Terminal project to improve the port’s ability to handle large vessels.