The new RTGs are part of a C$10M investment Halterm is making to expand its yard capacity and boost its reefer facilities by 25% to reach 600 reefer plugs.
Container volumes at Halifax stagnated for a long period, but the port has enjoyed strong growth this year, with the Halifax Port Authority reporting container volumes across the whole port (which includes the Halterm and Ceres terminals) jumped 17% in the first half of the year. Growth in the third quarter was even stronger (21.5%) and over the year to date the port’s container volume is up 18.3% to 419,426 TEU.
Halterm is now handling services for the Ocean Alliance partners (CMA CGM, Evergreen, Cosco and OOCL), Zim Integrated Shipping, Maersk Line, Tropical Shipping, Eimskip, Melfi, TMSI and weekly domestic service to Newfoundland with Oceanex.
The terminal has five STS cranes, some of which have a 22-row outreach, and is the only terminal in Eastern Canada with the water depth and cranes to handle vessels over 10,000 TEU.
“Halterm provides global container Carriers with fast and efficient access to eastern Canada and the Halifax supply-chain reaches far inland and to the US Midwest.” said Halterm CEO Kim Holtermand, “after significant ship-to-shore crane investments delivered into the operation in early 2014, it is the right time to bring on new rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) which will be arriving in February (1) and October (2) of next year.”
The new Konecranes RTGs will stack 1-over-5 and span 6+1 rows wide. When implemented Halterm will be able to stack containers five high in both import and export zones, “an effective increase in yard capacity of 160,000TEU, up 40% overall,” Halterm stated.