Port of Halifax receives largest vessel to date

March 21, 2020, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Port of Halifax has received its largest vessel call to date. The CMA CGM T. Jefferson, 366 metres length, 48 metres beam and 14,414 TEU capacity, arrived at PSA Halifax at approximately 5:00 p.m. ADT.

The CMA CGM T. Jefferson sails in the weekly AWE3 service operated by the Ocean Alliance, from South Asia to the East Coast of America. With a terminal area of 32 ha, a quay length of 1,045m and a depth of 16.5m, PSA Halifax is the only Canadian port in Eastern Canada that can accommodate ultra-class vessels.

Through strategic planning and investment, the Halifax Port Authority is moving toward completion of a deep-water berth extension that will accommodate two vessels over 350 metres length overall simultaneously. In addition, terminal operator PSA Halifax has ordered new topside infrastructure, a ship-to-shore super post-Panamax crane, bringing the total number of such quay cranes to five. The extension project is on time and on budget with completion in the first half of this year.

“The arrival of CMA CGM T. Jefferson reminds us of the fundamental importance of trade to our economy and our well-being. At PSA Halifax, we have everything in place to handle the larger ships now calling on the East Coast of North America,” said Kim Holtermand, CEO and Managing Director, PSA Halifax. “We have the capability and determination among a dedicated work force to meet the opportunity for growth that these vessels represent for eastern Canada. As we look forward to the arrival of a new ship-to-shore gantry crane built specifically for these vessels, the timing of this arrival highlights the strength of our partnership with the Ocean Alliance carriers that run this service, the many Short-Sea Operators and CN that support it and with CMA CGM in particular as the vessel operator.” Mr. Holtermand added.

“The arrival of the first vessel over 14,000 TEU is a significant milestone for all of the partners that make up the Port of Halifax and the larger port city community,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “Anytime a containerized cargo ship calls on Halifax it means labour hours for those working the vessel, it means opportunity for cargo owners moving goods through our gateway, and the fact that this is the largest container vessel to call on Halifax to date underscores our position and reputation as an efficient and reliable deep-water international gateway port.”

The Port of Halifax provides consistent, reliable and efficient service. The Halifax Port Authority and PSA Halifax’ primary concern is the health and well-being of port users. We have therefore implemented a series of measures and issued several guidelines to provide our employees with optimal protection. We would like to thank all our stakeholders for following these guidelines so closely and for their continued commitment and involvement during this period.

As of March 21, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no container vessel diversions, no container vessel arrival/departure berth congestion and no reported labour shortages among the terminals, pilots, tugs or marine traffic control.  CN Rail is providing daily intermodal service in Canada and the U.S. Midwest. The Port of Halifax is working closely with the entire port community, providing COVID-19 updates via www.portofhalifax.ca/covid-19-information/.

About PSA International

PSA International (PSA) is a leading port group and trusted partner to cargo stakeholders. With flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, PSA’s global network encompasses over 50 locations in 26 countries around the world. The Group’s portfolio comprises 60 deepsea, rail and inland terminals, as well as affiliated businesses in distriparks, warehouses and marine services. Drawing on the deep expertise and experience from a diverse global team, PSA actively collaborates with its customers and partners to deliver world-class port services alongside, develop innovative cargo solutions and co-create an Internet of Logistics. As the partner of choice in the global supply chain, PSA is “The World's Port of Call”.  Visit us at www.globalpsa.com.

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries and generating $2 billion in annual economic benefit from a diverse cargo and cruise business. 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.


Note to editors – Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, there will be no terminal access or face-to-face interviews.

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