Halterm orders mega crane for Canada's Halifax container terminal

The Port of Halifax says the Halterm Container Terminal is being fitted out with a super post-panamax ship-to-shore gantry crane along with associated lifting equipment and container yard gear from June 2020.

The crane will be deployed at the terminal's main berth alongside four existing super post-panamax cranes and one panamax unit. The new crane will be capable of spanning the largest vessels being deployed on North America's east coast.

The terminal also has an option to acquire another ship-to-shore crane this year, reported American Shipper.

In addition to the new quay crane, the terminal operator also has an order for two rubber-tyred gantry cranes and nine terminal tractors and trailers.

The equipment is to further support the Halifax Port Authority's development of Halterm's deep-water main berth to 800 metres.

New York-based Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, which acquired Halterm in 2006, is selling it as well as Fraser Surrey Docks near Vancouver, and Philadelphia-area Penn Terminals in a process that is expected to be wrapped up in the first quarter of this year. 

Canadian National Railway put in a preliminary bid to acquire Halterm, CN chief executive Jean-Jacques Ruest told Canada's Financial Post in December.