Port of Halifax welcomes first EC5 upsized vessel
The first of the upsized EC5 vessels has arrived at the Port of Halifax. The ONE Stork, with carrying capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) and 364 metres length overall, arrived at PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub on April 26. ONE is a member of THE Alliance which includes Hapag Lloyd, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Yang Ming, and Hyundai Merchant Marine.
“We welcome the deployment of larger vessels as part of the EC5 service to our port city,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub has the infrastructure, operational knowledge, and experience to efficiently handle vessels of this size. The upsizing of these vessels continues to solidify Halifax as Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway.”
PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub terminal features the longest and deepest berth of any Canadian port in Eastern Canada, with a continuous quay length of 800 metres at a depth of 16.5 metres, terminal area of 32 hectares, five super post-Panamax (SPPX) cranes and unimpeded access to international shipping lanes. Two additional SPPX cranes will arrive later this year along with new yard handling equipment.
“The arrival of the ONE Stork solidifies PSA Halifax’s position as the mega port of choice in Atlantic Canada” said Jan Van Mossevelde, CEO of PSA Halifax. “PSA has been handling mega ships across our global terminal portfolio for many years and we are confident that we will continue to deliver exceptional service to all our customers.”
“The upgrade to larger tonnage on our EC5 service will provide Hapag-Lloyd with increased opportunities to meet the expanding needs of our customer base,” said Jason Tock, Director Operations Hapag-Lloyd Canada.