08.December, Halifax, NS – CMA CGM “CHILE,” rated at 15,072 TEU, made its first call at Port of Halifax’s expanded quay, following recent calls by her sisters “BRAZIL” (10.Sept) and “PANAMA” (21.Sept), establishing the port as a consistent North American call for the line’s weekly Columbus JAX service.
Originating in Yantian, China and making five calls in the South China Sea and Indian Ocean, the CHILE made for Halifax on a 20-day schedule. Halifax is the first North American call on the route (as required), where its full-load draft is raised (by partial unloading) for safe navigation more constrained U.S. ports (NY/NJ, Norfolk VA, Savannah GA, Charleston SC), before returning eastward 35 days to Port Kelang, Myanmar, and embarking on a U.S. west coast swing. Altogether, the route is scheduled for 132 days.
PSA Halifax’s South End Container Terminal capacity to handle regular Ultramax landings was boosted in the latter half of this year by the addition of new container-handling equipment, and completion of two-year berth expansion. In July, the port took delivery of Eastern Canada’s largest ship-to-shore super post-Panamax (SPPX) crane with a 24-box reach, which went into service in August, completing a five-SPPX-crane cascade. On 23.October, the project to construct Eastern Canada’s longest and deepest container berth (800-m continuous length and 16-m depth) was completed.