Statistics expected next week will indicate a 35 per cent increase in overall container traffic at the the Port of Halifax, compared to this time last year, for a total of 291,419 containers.
Some of the world"s biggest container lines are moving in quickly to take advantage of deeper berths at the Port of Halifax.
The final tally is not yet completed, but quarterly statistics expected next week will indicate a 35 per cent increase in overall container traffic at the port, compared to this time last year, for a total of 291,419 containers.
"All ports are experiencing increases as we come out of the recession. We"re just returning to post-recession levels more quickly than competing operations," spokeswoman Michele Peveril said in an interview Wednesday.
The Port of Montreal, by comparison, has experienced just a five per cent increase in container traffic over a similar period, for a total of about 878,347 containers.
"We"ve deepened some berths to prepare ourselves for the biggest ships and they are coming. It"s not like they will come 10 years from now; they are ready to come today," said Peveril.
She attributed some of the improved container flow to the addition of some new services and also expansion of service by existing carriers.
For example, CMA-CGM, one of the world"s biggest container lines, started improved weekly service in April.
"The port is rebounding from the recession in a healthy way," said Peveril.
She noted 19 shipping lines, with connections to about 150 countries, regularly stop in Halifax, which includes 10 of the 15 largest lines in the world. A complete third-quarter breakdown of cargo-handling activity at the port is expected next week.