Halifax Port Authority invites public to review proposed Marine Container Examination Facility project

Nov. 16, 2020, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Halifax Port Authority is in the planning stages of a new Marine Container Examination Facility (MCEF) and associated access route to Fairview Cove Container Terminal. Details of the project are posted to the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry where everyone is invited to review the proposed project and offer feedback.

About the project:

An appropriate Marine Container Examination Facility (MCEF) within the Port of Halifax is required to optimize rapid and reliable container inspections for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). This facility must be safe, secure and efficient to maintain ongoing international intermodal operations at the Port.

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA), in collaboration with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), its container terminals, CN, municipal planners and key stakeholders envisions building a new MCEF on port land next to the Fairview Cove Container Terminal (FCCT). This project would have several advantages in increasing fluidity through this portion of the supply chain.

This project would reduce container truck movements between the existing facility in Burnside Industrial Park, reduce the current time it takes to get a container from a container terminal to the current facility in Burnside and potentially further reduce truck traffic on municipal roadways given its proximity to FCCT. Overall, this project would provide additional employment opportunities for the local community during construction, enable enhanced security, reduce truck movements through downtown Halifax and across the A. Murray MacKay Bridge (MacKay Bridge) while reducing port congestion and GHG emissions.

The environmental impact of this project would be minimal as the proposed location is on the already created landmass adjacent to FCCT.

Additional information about the project can be found on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry website here: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/81089

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. The direct economic output of Port of Halifax operations and Nova Scotia exporters is $2.45 billion, generating 13,600 jobs. Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo and project cargo of any size. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.


Lane Farguson
Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Halifax Port Authority
Ph. (902) 426-7375
[email protected]