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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING |Avis d 'assemblée annuelle

May 7, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Halifax Port Authority will be held in Heritage Hall at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Copies of audited financial statements are available for inspection by the public at the registered office of the Halifax Port Authority, Port Administration Building, 1215 Marginal Road, Halifax, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

DATED at Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 4, 2014.

Lorraine Brenton, Corporate Secretary

7 mai 2014

SOYEZ AVISÉS PAR CET AVIS que l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Administration portuaire de Halifax se tiendra à la Salle du patrimoine au Musée canadien de l’immigration du Quai 21, chemin Marginal, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, le mercredi 7 mai à 9 h. Cette assemblée est ouverte au public.

Des copies des états fi nanciers vérifi és peuvent être consultées par le public au bureau enregistré de l’Administration portuaire de Halifax, à l’édifi ce de l’Administration portuaire, 1215, chemin Marginal, Halifax, durant les heures régulières de bureau (de 8 h 30 à 17 h).

DATÉ à Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, le 4 avril 2013.

Lorraine Brenton, secrétaire générale

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Halifax Seaport Farmers' market closed due to storm

March 26, 2014 – Halifax, NS – The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market will remain closed today. Halifax is under a blizzard warning. The heaviest snow fall and storm conditions are expected to happen throughout the day. We encourage all of our Market friends to stay safe as this storm moves through the region.

Our regular winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Statement from HPA - ILA and HEA reach tentative labour agreement

March 19, 2014 – Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority would like to congratulate the Council of International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) Locals and the Halifax Employers Association for the successful negotiation of a tentative new labour contract.

“There has been a long history of positive labour relations in the Port of Halifax, and this latest contract agreement is a reflection of the dedicated, hard-working men and women we have working in the shipping community,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “This is excellent news for all port users and the overall economy.”

Union groups which make up the ILA in Halifax include the Halifax Longshoremen’s Association Local 269, The Halifax Freight and Steamship Checkers’ Union Local 1341, and The Halifax Gear Repair and Maintenance Men Local 1825.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Construction underway for cruise vessel shore power system at Port of Halifax

March 7, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) would like to advise that construction for a shore power system for cruise vessels is now underway. HPA remains committed to allowing cruise vessels connect to shore power during the 2014 cruise season.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to see that construction of shore power has begun at the Port of Halifax,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. “Once installed, shore power will reduce air emissions from ships, protect the environment and health of Nova Scotians, and further this region’s economic prosperity.”

“This project is an example of what we all need to do – identify an opportunity that will drive our economy forward and then make it happen,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Michel Samson. “The Halifax Port Authority has shown leadership in developing this shore power system, and the province is proud to partner with Transport Canada to support the Port’s initiative.”

“Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their auxiliary engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked,” said Cathy McGrail, Cruise Development Manager for the Halifax Port Authority. “Once installed, shore power at the Port of Halifax will have immediate benefits by decreasing cruise ship idling and will contribute to improved air quality.”

Typically, vessels are in port for approximately nine hours, and during that time if connected to shore power, there would be no carbon dioxide (CO2), mono nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx) or particulate matter (PM) emissions from the vessel’s auxiliary generators. For tourism, shore power will help support the cruise industry which is worth an estimated $50-million in direct spin-off expenditures to the local economy each year. This year, the Port of Halifax will welcome a record 137 cruise vessel calls carrying approximately 230-thousand passengers as well as crew.

The shore power project at the Port of Halifax was first announced in January of 2013. The tariff was developed in partnership with Nova Scotia Power. Transport Canada will contribute up to $5 million to the project. The Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax will each contribute an additional $2.5 million. Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is provided under the Clean Transportation Initiatives in Budget 2011 as part of the renewal of the Government of Canada's Clean Air Agenda.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority and CN Rail announce new representation in India

March 3, 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia - Halifax Port Authority (HPA) and CN Rail continue to work together to promote international trade and build business development opportunities. HPA and CN Rail have hired Crest Container Lines to work in India to promote the Port of Halifax and CN’s rail network as a gateway into North America. The agreement took effect March 1, 2014.
Crest Container Lines is based in Mumbai, with nine branch offices throughout India. Fouze Farrhan, President & CEO of Crest Container Lines, has over two decades of proven shipping and freight experience in the Indian Subcontinent and North American market. Crest Container Lines is a member of FFAI, FIATA and is NVOCC licenced by Federal Maritime Commission.
“There are many opportunities in this fast growing marketplace, and we are fortunate to have two very strong partners in CN and Crest to help promote our business development efforts in India,” said George Malec, Vice President of Business Development and Operations for the Halifax Port Authority. “Fouze’s experience combined with the expanding Crest network will be an excellent partnership to grow the flow of cargo between the Indian Subcontinent and North America.
“CN is pleased to continue to work closely with the Port of Halifax to pursue cargo growth opportunities in the Indian Subcontinent," said Keith Reardon, CN Vice President, Intermodal Services. "Through this partnership we hope to improve the effectiveness of our customers' supply chains and in turn draw more business through the Port of Halifax and CN's North American rail network."

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority strengthens presence in europe

March 3, 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia – Halifax Port Authority (HPA) has strengthened its presence in Europe with the appointment of Graham Fraser as Director, Business Development and Growth – Europe.
“We are pleased that Graham has joined the Halifax Port Authority team,” said George Malec, Vice President, Business Development and Operations for the Halifax Port Authority. “With wide experience across all sectors of the industry and deep knowledge of European and North American markets and operations, he will further develop the position of the Port of Halifax in Europe with carriers, shippers and freight forwarders.”
“I am very much looking forward to working with the Halifax Port Authority business development team in Europe to develop and grow business through the Port and the wider Halifax Gateway. Having lived and worked in Eastern Canada for a number of years I am particularly pleased to be representing the Port of Halifax,” said Fraser. “My initial focus will be in the non-containerized sector working with shippers and forwarders, and I am keen to start building new partnerships.”
Graham Fraser has 30 years’ experience in shipping and has held senior commercial, operational and planning management positions at CMA CGM, CSAV, Kent Line Limited & Kent Line International, Contship Container Lines and Canada Maritime. He formed Focus Maritime (North West) Limited based in Liverpool in 2012 and has since developed a portfolio of clients in the transport, banking and manufacturing sectors.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority to take part in PEI Potato Expo

February 19, 2014, Halifax, NS – The agri-food export industry contributes significantly to the economic output of Atlantic Canada. To help build international and interprovincial trade in this category, the Halifax Port Authority will attend the International Potato Technology Expo in Charlottetown, PEI, on February 21 and 22, 2014.

“A significant volume of potato-related food product is moved through the Port of Halifax each year,” says Patrick Bohan, Business Development Manager, Halifax Port Authority. “Thanks to advancements in the cold storage supply chain, high value agri-product can be shipped anywhere in the world from Atlantic Canada. We see opportunities for not just the potato industry, but food producers of all type.”

An estimated 5,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of potato product are exported through the Port of Halifax each year. Other agri-products moved through the Port include soybeans and wheat, both bulk and containerized.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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media advisory - sterling fuels

January 16, 2014, Halifax, NS - There has been a very positive development regarding marine fuelling at the Port of Halifax. Sterling Fuels is expanding its marine fuelling operations into the Port of Halifax starting January 24, 2014.

Sterling Fuels News Release

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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halifax seaport farmers' market receives award

November 27, 2013 - Halifax, NS - Congratulations to the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market for being recognized as "Most Authentic Downtown Business" by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission Big Day Downtown 2013 Awards. And thank you to the Downtown Halifax Business Commission for this special recognition.

http://downtownhalifax.ca/index.php/news/big-day-downtown-2013-award-winners/

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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halifax port authority releases final cruise numbers for 2013

November 22, 2013 – Halifax, NS – Over a quarter of a million people visited the Port of Halifax during the cruise season. This year, the Port of Halifax welcomed 134 vessel calls with 252,121 passengers onboard from May 6 to October 31, 2013. The biggest passenger day was October 8, 2013 with approximately 8,700 passengers. The Port of Halifax also recognized its longstanding relationship with Holland America Line by planting tulips in honour of Holland America Line’s 140th Anniversary and 20 years of calls at the Port.

“It was a fantastic cruise season this year,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority. “All of our partner agencies including vendors, tour operators and business owners really came together to provide our cruise guests with a wonderful experience during their time in our beautiful city and our province.”

“Cruise ship traffic is important for local tourism,” said Lynn Ledwidge, Director of Marketing for Destination Halifax. “When the vessels are in port, it’s good for our land touring companies, restaurants, museums, galleries, attractions and our retail community. The unique range of product offering in the Halifax region has earned this port of call marquee status in Atlantic Canada . We have an excellent product to offer, and every cruise passenger who comes through our city is viewed as a potential repeat visitor to Nova Scotia.”

Each year, the Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million in direct spin-off expenditures for the local economy. The 2014 cruise season will begin in May.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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halifax port authority endorses canada-european union trade deal

October 18, 2013 – Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Port Authority is pleased to see the Federal Government sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement today with the European Union.

This important trade deal will create new opportunities for the Port of Halifax due to its location as the closest deep water North American port to northern Europe and the Mediterranean with strong links to the central Canadian market through rail and highway connections. There are several direct shipping routes connecting the Port of Halifax to countries in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

“This milestone trade agreement with the European Union will lead to an increase in cargo activity through the Port of Halifax,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “An increase in trade with Europe will have long-term economic benefits for the Port of Halifax as a result of increased trade volumes.” Recent investments and ongoing capital projects position the Port of Halifax to be highly competitive with new infrastructure and seamless intermodal connections. “As one of Canada’s leading ports with Europe, the Port of Halifax stands ready to facilitate the increase in trade between Europe and Canada that this landmark agreementwill bring,” said Oldfield.

CETA is widely regarded as Canada’s most important trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed with the U.S. and Mexico in 1994.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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shenzhen port authority and halifax port authority sister port agreement

October 17, 2013, Shenzhen, The People’s Republic of China – On October 14, 2013, the Honorable Mr. Huang Min, Director General of the Transport Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality and Mr. Geoffrey Machum, Q.C., Chair of the Halifax Port Authority signed a sister port relationship agreement between the Shenzhen Port Authority and the Halifax Port Authority.

The Honorable Ms. Shi Wei, Deputy Director General of the Transport Commission of the Shenzhen Municipality hosted the ceremony and Mr. Weldon Epp, Consul General for the Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou participated as a witness for Canada.

The Shenzhen port and its four larger terminal operators – Yantian, Chiwan, Shekou and Dachan Bay – has been the world’s fourth largest container port for 10 consecutive years and China’s second largest container port for 16 consecutive years. The Shenzhen port is the main container hub for the Province of Guangdong and the Pearl River economic zone.

The purpose of the twinning agreement is to develop two-way trade to grow the shipping business for both ports as well as deepen the understanding and build relations between the two regions. With this agreement the Halifax Port Authority is joining a family of sister agreements the Shenzhen Port Authority has with the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Zeebrugge, the Hamburg Port Authority and the Port of Virginia to name a few.

While work towards the agreement was started months ago, this cooperation agreement will support the supply chain logistics and the advice His Excellency Zhang Junsai, China’s Ambassador to Canada, provided during Port Days 2013. While addressing attendees during the Chairman’s Breakfast, His Excellency discussed the growing demand in China for commodities and resources from Atlantic Canada.

During the signing ceremony Mr. Geoffrey Machum, the Chair of the Halifax Port Authority stated, “We are honoured to become associated with the vibrant future of the Port of Shenzhen and the growth of trade between the People’s Republic of China and Canada. This agreement furthers the Halifax Port Authority’s growth strategy in the development of both Asian and European trade as Canada’s Atlantic Gateway.”

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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HALIFAX PORT AUTHORITY AND AMBASSATOURS SUPPORT THE CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION - aTLANTIC REGION

October 3, 2013 - Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority is proud to partner with Ambassatours to support the activities of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) - Atlantic Region during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For a second year, the Halifax Port Authority has decided to “Get Pink’d!” during the month of October.

Visitors can tour Halifax in style aboard bright pink Ambassatours tour buses thanks to BIG Pink Sightseeing. The popular double-decker tours raise funds throughout the cruise-ship season, by donating $1 from each ticket sold on select buses to CBCF- Atlantic Region. During the month of October, the Halifax Port Authority has committed to matching this amount, up to $3,000.

Members of CBCF – Atlantic Region and Ambassatours will be on site at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market today to promote breast health and educate visitors. Additionally, employees of the Halifax Port Authority are being encouraged to Go Pink in their work place, with a casual day fundraising program.

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation:

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Our investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 1986, we have been at the forefront of a nationwide movement supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Join us at www.cbcf.org.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax POrt Authority celebrates longstanding relationship with Holland america line

September 27, 2013 – Halifax, NS –The Halifax Port Authority hosted a ceremony today to celebrate the longstanding relationship with Holland America Line. In honour of the 140th Anniversary of Holland America Line and 20 years of Holland America Line cruise ship calls at the Port of Halifax, the Halifax Port Authority planted 20 Holland America Line signature tulips in front of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Eurodam Captain Emiel de Vries took part in the event along with Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Krista Dempsey, Vice President of Real Estate for the Halifax Port Authority and special guests Carolyn and Peter Matthews, who arrived in Canada at Pier 21 on a Holland America Line vessel in 1971.

The Halifax Seaport is a vibrant arts and cultural district found at the south end of the Halifax waterfront. Extending from Piers 19 to 23, this district has been redeveloped and is now a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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HALIFAX PORT AUTHORITY HOSTING FREE PUBLIC TOURS OF PORT FACILITIES

September 25, 2013 – Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority is inviting the public to experience the sights and sounds of a working port. People are invited to hop on a free double-decker bus tour to see cargo and cruise operations in action. There is no need to book in advance. Bus tours are first come, first served. The approximate duration of each tour is 1.5 hours. Tours will depart from the parking lot across from The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 on the opposite side of Marginal Road.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Times: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca


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halifax port authority is pleased to present "the emigrant"

September 19, 2013 – Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority is pleased to introduce “The Emigrant,” the latest public art installation at the Halifax Seaport district. The beautiful bronze and marble monument depicts an emigrant leaving his home country to start a new life in Canada. The piece was designed, sculpted and generously donated by artist Armando Barbon, who was on hand for the official unveiling.

“With this sculpture, I wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to the country that has been my home for the past 48 years,” said Barbon. “Every day, I feel blessed to be here, and I hope with this sculpture I am able to express the sense of hope and opportunity many new Canadians feel.” The monument is a tribute to the millions who left their home countries, and the significant contributions they have made on the history and culture of our country.

The Halifax Seaport is a vibrant arts and cultural district found at the south end of the Halifax waterfront. Extending from Piers 19 to 23, this district has been redeveloped and is now a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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new public art installation to be unveiled during port days 2013

September 18, 2013 – N.S. – A new public art installation will be unveiled at the Halifax Seaport during Halifax Port Days 2013 (#hfxportdays). The monument is a tribute to the millions who left their home countries to come build new lives here in Canada. An official unveiling ceremony will take place at 1215 Marginal Road. The artist, Armando Barbon, along with his family will be in attendance along with members of the immigration and multicultural community, and several local dignitaries.

Date: September 19, 2013
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: 1215 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca

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Port days 2013 to focus on asian trade through halifax

September 17, 2013 – N.S. – Asian trade through Halifax will be the central focus of Port Days 2013. The Port of Halifax has been increasing trade with Asia in recent years. Asian trade now accounts for 48% of containerized cargo moved through the Port of Halifax. Port Days 2013 is an excellent opportunity for the business community to learn about growth opportunities in Asia. Featured speakers this year include His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada and Claude Mongeau, President and CEO of CN.

Media is invited to attend sessions taking place Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

What: Panel discussions, keynote address, photo and interview opportunities

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013

8:00 a.m. Chairman’s Breakfast
Welcome from Hon. Mike Savage, HRM Mayor
Remarks by His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada
Hosted by Geoff Machum, Chair, Halifax Port Authority

9:05 a.m. Business Session One: Food Value Chain
Hosted by Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority and Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, CN
Moderated by Stephen Brown, Deloitte
Panelists include: Lea Bogatch-Genossar, ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services; Ashley Dinning, Halterm Container Terminal Ltd.; Heather Felbel, Maple Leaf Foods; Phil Strutt, Loblaws; Calvin Whidden, Cerescorp Company

10:45 a.m. Business Session Two: Innovative Trade and Cargo
Moderated by Lou Smyrlis, Business Information Group
Panelists include: Bradley Murphy, HSBC Canada; Barry Smith, Nova Cold Storage; Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation

12:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Keynote speaker – Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, CN

2:30 p.m. Facilities Tour
Nova Cold Storage

Where:
Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax (Keynote breakfast and business sessions)
Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax (Keynote luncheon)
Nova Cold Storage Open House, 71 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth (facilities tour)

Port Days 2013 is a conference for transport-related professionals. Each year, the annual event attracts hundreds of representatives from all facets of the shipping and transportation industry. Port Days 2013 is an opportunity for business owners and leaders to learn more about growth opportunities through the Port of Halifax. For more information, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/portofhalifax.ca and search hashtag #hfxportdays. Business Session One will be livestreamed and can be viewed here.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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feed your body and your mind at the halifax seaport farmers' market

September 12, 2013 - Halifax, N.S. - The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is launching a ‘Lunch & Learn’ series this fall. Everyone is welcome. The ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions will take place at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market every Friday from noon to 1:00 p.m. starting September 13, 2013 and running until December 6, 2013. The cost per session is $2 and does not include food – bring your own or pick up something tasty at the Market. The first session will focus on school lunch solutions and will be hosted by Wendy McCallum, a registered holistic nutritionist.

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market hosted a series of public engagement sessions earlier this year. One of the themes coming out of those sessions was the interest in community programing and educational classes to be held at the Market. The ‘Lunch & Learn’ series will feature food demonstrations, wellness workshops, environmental sustainability and will explore issues relating to the local food movement. Sessions will be hosted by local chefs, nutritionists and local artisans.

For a complete schedule of events, check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HalifaxSeaportFarmersMarket#!/HalifaxSeaportFarmersMarket/events or simply drop by. Come ready to learn and be inspired.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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STANDARD & POOR'S AFFIRM HPA’S ‘A’ CREDIT RATING AND REVISE HPA OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE

August 26, 2013 - Halifax, N.S. - Standard & Poor’s has issued a release affirming the Halifax Port Authority’s credit rating at ‘A’ and revising the outlook on Halifax Port Authority to positive from stable. Please click for further details.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Parliamentary secretary gerald keddy welcomes the berlin express to the port of halifax

June 17, 2013 - Halifax, NS - The Honourable Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margaret’s, welcomed the Berlin Express to the Port of Halifax.

“I am proud to welcome the Berlin Express to the Port of Halifax. The Berlin Express is one of largest ships in the industry” said Parliamentary Secretary Keddy. “The shipping industry is critical to Canada's future economic growth. I am proud to be a part of a government whose investments in the Port of Halifax are making it possible for large ships such as the Berlin Express to dock here, growing our economy in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor.”

“Having the right infrastructure is key to being a highly competitive trade gateway," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “The Port of Halifax appreciates the federal government’s support of infrastructure investments that allow us to improve operations and work with stakeholders to maintain and grow the cargo industry. We welcome the Berlin Express to the Port of Halifax, and we value our continued long-standing relationship with Hapag-Lloyd.”

The Berlin Express as well as the Yantain Express and Dalian Express, owned and operated by Hapag–Lloyd, are the largest twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessels to call in the Port of Halifax and on the Atlantic Coast of Canada. These Super Post Panamax vessels with 7506 TEU capacity, 700 reefer plugs and 100,000 deadweight tonnes at 320 metres in length are deployed by Hapag-Lloyd in the G6 Alliance’s AZX service between Asia and North America via the Suez Canal. The Port of Halifax and Ceres Terminal are the first inbound call from Asia. This new service provides Canadian companies with direct access between the growth markets in Asia for both dry and temperature control cargo. Asia is the fastest growing segment of the containerized business for the Port of Halifax.

Hapag-Lloyd has been a customer of the Port of Halifax since 1969. Hapag-Lloyd’s Canadian management recently received the Port’s high volume award for 2012. This was Hapag-Lloyd’s 15th consecutive year as the top volume carrier.

The Government of Canada has invested $52.5 million in the Port of Halifax for various projects to upgrade and improve its capacity. For example the government has contributed up to $17.5 million for the South End Container Terminal project at the Port of Halifax, which will allow the Port to berth two of the world’s largest ships simultaneously, giving it a competitive advantage in international trade.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with its public and private sector partners to help position the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor as a key entry point into North America.

Under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, Canada is investing more than $250 million in transportation infrastructure projects supporting the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor.

The Port of Halifax and the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor are the shortest all-water and intermodal inland route between North America and markets in Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal.

More information on Canada’s Atlantic Gateway can be found at www.atlanticgateway.gc.ca.

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Contacts:

Media Relations

Transport Canada, Ottawa

613-993-0055

 

Lane Farguson

Communications Advisor

Halifax Port Authority

Office: 902-426-7375

lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority receives top marks for commitment to environmental sustainability

June 11, 2013 – Halifax, NS – The annual Green Marine environmental evaluation has seen the Halifax Port Authority achieve top marks measured against the Green Marine criteria. The Port Authority recently scored top level ratings in the categories of Greenhouse Gases and Spill Prevention in the Green Marine 2012 evaluation which was released during the sixth annual GreenTech conference held in Vancouver, BC. This places the Halifax Port Authority among the top-rated Canadian ports as measured by Green Marine.

The level 5 rating in Greenhouse Gases is for implementing infrastructure upgrades that will continue to reduce air emissions from Port Authority activities, either on a large or small scale. The level 5 rating in Spill Prevention is for the completion of an oil/water separator installation program for the Halifax Port Authority’s most vulnerable areas.

The Halifax Port Authority also received a level 4 rating for Community Issues which measures continuous community engagement in all stages of infrastructure renewal projects. This is an increase over last year’s result. The level 5 rating in the environmental leadership category was maintained. The entire progress report can be found at http://www.green-marine.org/images/stories/progressreport2012.pdf. Final performance results for 2012 will be released in Green Marine’s annual report in the fall of 2013.

Green Marine is a North American environmental improvement program endorsed by the World Wildlife Federation Canada, Ducks Unlimited and Transport Canada. Participants agree to undergo a rigorous external audit every two years performed by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The program now has 186 members from across North America. The Halifax Port Authority joined in November 2011.

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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Canada continues to align air emissions measures with the United States

Halifax, NS - May 8, 2013 - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs along with Greg Wirtz, president, Cruise Lines International Association – North West and Canada and David Henderson, Vice Chair of Halifax Port Authority at an event to announce regulatory amendments that will reduce air emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters.

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada is adopting strict environmental standards to reduce air emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters.

These changes further align Canada’s air emission standards with the United States. Minister Lebel also announced further measures to prevent other ship-source pollution in Canadian waters.

“The changes we are announcing today will help make our oceans and lakes cleaner by reducing ship emissions,” said Minister Lebel. “Since vessels from Canada and the United States routinely travel in both countries’ waters, aligning our regulations is the logical thing to do."

It is expected that these new standards will result in an annual reduction of ship-sourced greenhouse gases (GHGs) of 9 % or 11 Mt annually by 2025.

The amendments bring new requirements into force for vessels under Annex VI of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) that Canada has negotiated with international partners. They set new Canadian standards for environmental protection in seven areas.
1.Canada is further aligning its emission standards with the United States with the adoption of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA). Air emissions standards under the ECA are stricter than global requirements.

2.New standards will reduce allowable emissions of key air pollutants from ships. By 2020, emissions of sulphur oxide will be reduced by 96% and nitrogen oxides by 80%.

3.New energy efficiency requirements will reduce GHGs emissions from international shipping. By 2025, new vessels must be 30% more energy efficient and all vessels must have energy efficiency plans.

4.A new air emissions regime for Canadian vessels operating in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence waters will support industry efforts to modernize their fleet while phasing in the strictest sulphur oxide standards by 2020.

5.New standards will require marine diesel engines installed after January 1, 2016 to be certified to recognized US or international environmental standards.

6.A new standard will help manage greywater –the water that drains from a ship’s sinks, showers and laundries. Under the amendments, greywater discharged in Canadian waters (other than Arctic waters, which are subject to other standards) must not result in the deposit of solids or cause any sheen on the water.

7.Updated requirements for the transfer of oil between tankers will align Canadian requirements with IMO pollution prevention standards.

“The cruise lines operating in Canada are leaders in environmentally sustainable practices, and meet or outperform all applicable international and federal air emissions requirements wherever we operate,” said Greg Wirtz, president, Cruise Lines International Association – North West and Canada. “The cruise industry continues to invest in new technologies to reduce air emissions, including exhaust gas scrubbers, shore power in ports and vessel efficiency measures. We recognize that these new regulations contribute to the Canadian government’s efforts to further improve Canada’s air quality.”

"The regulatory changes announced today are the result of much consultation on how we can better protect Canada’s clean air and waterways,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “Here at the Port of Halifax, we're making progress with projects such as cruise shore power and our port environmental management system, which was the first in Canada to achieve an ISO 14001 certification in 2005."

“Protecting our air and waterways from all ship-source pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions is a priority that our government takes very seriously,” added Minister Lebel. “We are making progress on our Copenhagen commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020. Canada is now halfway towards meeting this target.”

The Government of Canada is committed to reducing Canada’s GHG emissions, and has backed up that commitment by taking a number of measures. Here are four examples.
•Our actions include implementing regulations to reduce GHGs from coal-fired electricity plants, which will reduce GHGs by 214 megatonnes over the period 2015–2035. Canada is the only nation with regulations banning the construction of new coal-fired power plants that use traditional technology. As well, we now require all existing plants to shut down on a schedule, making Canada the first country in the world to do so.
•We are implementing regulations to improve fuel efficiency and reduce GHG emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles and engines. With these tough new measures, GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent.
•The government is consulting on regulations for cars and light trucks for model years 2017 to 2025. Our action to date will see GHGs from cars and light trucks fall by up to 50% by 2025 compared to 2008 models.
•We are implementing regulations requiring 5% renewable fuel in gasoline.

Transport Canada engaged numerous stakeholders including the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Coast Guard.

The Regulations Amending the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on July 21, 2012.

For more information on the amendments please see backgrounder.

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Contacts:
Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Ottawa
613-991-0700

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2013 CRUISE SEASON IN HALIFAX UNDERWAY

Halifax, NS - May 6, 2013 – The 2013 cruise ship season in Nova Scotia is now underway with the morning arrival of the Veendam, a Holland America Lines vessel, and the Silver Whisper, a Silversea cruise ship, at the Port of Halifax. “We are very excited about the 2013 cruise ship season,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development for the Halifax Port Authority. “We have been working with our tourism partners to ensure our guests enjoy a wonderful experience here in Nova Scotia and that they leave wanting more.”

Throughout the 2013 cruise season, Halifax expects 133 vessels and approximately 240,000 passengers to visit between now and the end of October. The number of calls will build gradually over the summer months, gaining momentum in September as the fall foliage colours emerge. The busiest passenger day is expected to be October 8, with four ships arriving at the Halifax Seaport, carrying an estimated 8,700 passengers.

“Cruise ships and the visitors they bring to the province are an important part of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Not only do passengers visit our shops and restaurants when in port, they also become ambassadors for Nova Scotia when they go home and tell their friends and families about our wonderful province. We wish the Port of Halifax a successful cruise season, and look forward to welcoming many more visitors over the next few months.”

With the arrival of the Veendam, the Port of Halifax and Holland America Lines mark a significant milestone as this is the 20th year Holland America Lines vessels have been calling on Halifax. Each year, the Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million in direct spin-off expenditures for the local economy.

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Contact:

Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
Office: (902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca

Tina Thibeau
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Office: (902) 424-5836
Cell: (902) 483-6104
thibeatd@gov.ns.ca

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Government of Canada invests in efficiency and competitiveness at the Port of Halifax

Halifax, NS - April 22, 2013 — The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced federal funding for new technology development at the Port of Halifax.

The Government of Canada has contributed funding towards the integrated port logistics system and the air gap system. The total cost of these two Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is estimated at $660,000, with the federal government contributing up to $330,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program. In addition, the Port of Halifax is providing $330,000 towards the completion of these projects.

"A strong and efficient transportation sector is critical to Canada's future economic growth. I am proud that our government has supported these two Intelligent Transportation Systems projects, which will improve the efficiency of the supply chain, reduce costs, and increase the satisfaction of customers moving goods through Atlantic ports," said Minister MacKay. "Ultimately, these will increase safe, efficient and reliable traffic flows while reducing environmental impacts."

"Advanced technologies make it possible to improve operational safety, security, efficiency and environmental responsibility without changing the existing infrastructure," said Karen Oldfield, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Halifax Port Authority. "We look forward to working with our stakeholders to identify technologies that can improve operations, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction. The integrated port logistics system will use a market-driven approach to prioritize solutions, define business requirements, and develop and market the technologies. We appreciate the federal government's support of technology advancements that ensure we remain a highly competitive port."

With larger ships accessing the port, there is a need to continuously monitor vessel clearances under each of the harbour bridges. The upgrading and enhancing of the bridge air gap system will enable the port to identify exactly the ship clearance.

Port operators and shippers will have confidence in the ability of ships to transit beneath the bridge, preventing delays in accessing and leaving the port. These investments will ultimately help reduce levels of emissions and fuel usage and ensure the safety of the bridges and will also result in increased efficiency and safety for port users.

Under the ITS Strategic Plan for Canada, En Route to Intelligent Mobility, the Government of Canada committed to advancing the development and deployment of innovative technologies across Canada. To date, about 200 technology projects have received funding under this plan, totalling over $30 million.

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Contacts:

Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities 
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Ottawa
613-991-0700

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING |Avis d 'assemblée annuelle

May 15, 2013

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Halifax Port Authority will be held in Heritage Hall at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Copies of audited financial statements are available for inspection by the public at the registered office of the Halifax Port Authority, Port Administration Building, 1215 Marginal Road, Halifax, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

DATED at Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 12, 2013.

Lorraine Brenton, Corporate Secretary

15 mai 2013

SOYEZ AVISÉS PAR CET AVIS que l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Administration portuaire de Halifax se tiendra à la Salle du patrimoine au Musée canadien de l’immigration du Quai 21, chemin Marginal, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, le mercredi 15 mai à 9 h. Cette assemblée est ouverte au public.

Des copies des états fi nanciers vérifi és peuvent être consultées par le public au bureau enregistré de l’Administration portuaire de Halifax, à l’édifi ce de l’Administration portuaire, 1215, chemin Marginal, Halifax, durant les heures régulières de bureau (de 8 h 30 à 17 h).

DATÉ à Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, le 12 avril 2013.

Lorraine Brenton, secrétaire générale

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Port of Halifax promotes supply chain advantages at major retailers conference

Monday, February 18, 2013 – Orlando, Fla. – The Port of Halifax is promoting its international supply chain advantages this week at the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Logistics 2013 Retail Supply Chain Conference in Orlando, Fla. Specifically, the Port is focused on showcasing its benefits for inbound cargo from Asia, which include a quicker overall transit time than any other east coast North American port.

“RILA’s Logistics 2013 conference offers the invaluable opportunity to meet face-to-face with many of the world’s leaders in the retail industry,” said Rob McInnes, Manager of Economic Development for the Halifax Port Authority. “We’ll have the chance to demonstrate how routing via Halifax can keep costs down and improve efficiency to key organizational decision makers specializing in inventory management, distribution, international logistics and transportation.”

The four-day event will consist of panel discussions, keynote addresses, networking sessions, sponsor exhibit and trade show. Logistics 2013 is the largest event of its kind in North America. More than 130 international retailers will be represented at the annual conference, which runs from Feb. 17-20 at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors Welcomes New Director

February 14, 2013 – Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Port Authority is pleased to welcome Mr. Lantz Siteman to its board of directors.

Mr. Siteman was appointed as a Port User nominee today, February 14, 2013 by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Siteman joining the Port Authority board of directors,” said Geoff Machum, Chair, Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors. “He brings with him extensive business experience including many years spent in the financial industry which will serve him well in carrying out his duties as a director."

Mr. Siteman was Canada Trust Company's district vice president and regional manager for Atlantic Canada until he retired in 2001. As part of the executive team, he contributed to the planning and merger of two national companies in the 1980's, coordinating operations in the Atlantic Provinces to help bring the project to fruition.

He has served on a range of boards as well as being involved in community ventures since his retirement. These include currently serving on the board of the Certified General Accountants Association of Nova Scotia and previously as vice chair of the Association for the Eastern Shore Industrial Development Corporation, committee chair of the United Way of Halifax and director of the Eastern Shore Tourist Association.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Shore power arrives at the Port of Halifax

HALIFAX, NS - January 23, 2013— The Port of Halifax will be the first port in Atlantic Canada to implement shore power for cruise ships, beginning with the 2014 cruise season.

Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked. This initiative represents the second shore power installation for cruise ships in Canada.

Today's announcement, which was made at Canada's largest East Coast port by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Graham Steele, MLA Halifax Fairview on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism for Nova Scotia, and Karen Oldfield, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Halifax Port Authority, represents a $10-million cooperative initiative among the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax.

"Our government continues to make significant investments in Nova Scotia's future. We know that a thriving tourism industry is a key part of ensuring Nova Scotia's economic prosperity and we are happy to grow this sector of Nova Scotia's economy while helping the environment,” said Minister MacKay. “Be it the $25 billion federal initiative to build ships in Nova Scotia, offshore oil exploration or tourism, our government is committed to growing Nova Scotia's economy and creating more jobs."

Transport Canada will contribute up to $5 million to the project. The Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax will each contribute an additional $2.5 million.

"We know Nova Scotians want good jobs and a thriving tourism industry, and this investment represents part of our jobsHere plan to move toward a more prosperous future," said MLA Steele. "The province is supporting the businesses and workers that depend on the cruise ship industry, creating quieter and cleaner conditions for visitors and Nova Scotian families, and positioning Nova Scotia as a more attractive destination."

"The support of this project from both the federal and provincial governments will both help the environment and ensure Halifax remains a marquee port-of-call on the Canada-New England itinerary," said Ms. Oldfield. "The cruise industry is an important part of our local economy, generating an estimated $50 million per year in economic impact."

Once installed, shore power at the Port of Halifax will have immediate benefits by decreasing cruise ship idling by seven per cent, and will contribute to improved air quality and human health. This percentage is expected to increase over time as more ships equipped for shore power use the facilities. The seven per cent reduction represents an annual decrease of approximately 123,000 litres of fuel and 370,000 kg of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.

Halifax is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and has the deepest berths on the Eastern Seaboard of North America. In 2012, the Port of Halifax generated approximately $1.5 billion in economic impact and over 11,000 port-related jobs. Annual cruise activity accounts for about eight per cent of all tourism traffic in Nova Scotia.

Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program was provided under the Clean Transportation Initiatives in Budget 2011 as part of the renewal of the Government of Canada's Clean Air Agenda. These initiatives focus on aligning Canadian regulations with those in the United States and with international standards, improving the efficiency of the transportation system, and advancing green technologies through programs such as Shore Power Technology for Ports. These initiatives will help Canada achieve its economy-wide target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.

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For more information, please contact:

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Tina Thibeau
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Province of Nova Scotia
Ph: 902-424-5836
Cell: 902-483-6104
thibeatd@gov.ns.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
902-426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour showcase forest product handling capabilities at FPANS

Halifax, NS – January 16, 2013 - The Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour are showcasing their abilities at the 79th annual Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia (FPANS) Annual General Meeting.

“Forest products are an important export from our region,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development, Halifax Port Authority. “A wide variety of types of forest products are shipped out of the Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour including lumber, pulp and paper products, Christmas trees and wood chips to countries around the world."

The Annual General Meeting features meetings and sessions including one on European Export Markets. “Forest products continue to be in demand in many markets around the globe. Having a presence at this event allows us to connect directly with producers in Nova Scotia and provide them with information on how we can connect them to the top markets, “added Bohan.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Halifax Promotes Pulse Capabilities in Western Canada

Halifax, NS – January 8, 2013 – The Port of Halifax is promoting the Port’s ability to handle grain and pulse products at Saskatchewan Pulse Days and the Western Canadian Crop Production Show.

Pulses, which include special crops such as peas, beans, lentils and various seed products, have become a multibillion dollar export from Canada. “The Port of Halifax has the right combination of infrastructure and connections to important emerging markets to handle these products,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development, Halifax Port Authority. “Participating in these two shows provides us with the opportunity to connect with shippers directly and to promote Halifax’s ability to connect shippers to the top markets for these products.”

The production of pulse products has increased in Canada and has grown approximately fivefold in the past 20 years. In 2011, Canada exported an estimated 4.3 million tonnes of pulse products worth approximately $5 billion dollars. Products are exported to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and South America. “The combination of our bulk storage and transload positions Halifax as a key export gateway for the growing agrifood business,” added Bohan.

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For more information, please contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3645
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Contract Renewed for Halifax Port Authority CEO

December 20, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - The Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors has renewed Karen Oldfield as President and Chief Executive Officer.

“The Board of Directors has renewed Karen Oldfield's contract for a term of five years effective January 1st, 2013. "We are pleased to have Karen's leadership role continue at the Port of Halifax,” says Geoff Machum, Chair, Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors.

Machum noted "Ms. Oldfield and her management team have been instrumental in guiding our Port through challenging times, ensuring diversification and significantly enhancing our outreach to new markets while building our infrastructure capabilities and maintaining a solid financial base. We see positive signs that our diverse business is performing well with great potential into the future as global and local economic conditions continue to improve.”

Ms. Oldfield's new contract will expire December 31st, 2017.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour participate in breakbulk conference in Brazil

December 3, 2012 – Sao Paolo, Brazil – The Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour are being promoted at the Journal of Commerce Breakbulk conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil this week.

Both ports are participating in the Atlantic Gateway delegation that is attending the conference. Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country in terms of population and geographic area. “We see a unique audience in Brazil to promote our capabilities as part of this Canadian delegation,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development, Halifax Port Authority.

As one of the four emerging economies in the BRIC countries, Brazil is predicted to become the world’s fifth largest economy. “Brazil is a fast growing economy with a market of roughly 200 million people. The connections and capabilities we have at both Ports makes us a natural trade gateway for breakbulk and containerized trade going to this region,” said Mr. Bohan.

Over the next four years, Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics both events will mean significant construction and development as the country upgrades its infrastructure.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Update to Market Vendors on Transition - Letter #1

November 26, 2012

As you are aware from Friday updates, the Nova Scotia Farmers’ Market Development Cooperative (FMDC) and the City Market of Halifax Collaborative (CMHC) have been formalizing a “lease surrender” which was finalized last week. This step means that the HPA can now start the transition to begin operations at the Market which we anticipate happening in mid December.

From past Halifax Seaport community consultation sessions, the HPA knows the public’s interest in having accessible, vibrant, public spaces in this district. We also know the high level of commitment of vendors and customers who want to see a Market continue operating on the Halifax waterfront. The HPA plans to continue operating a Farmers' Market and build on its great potential.

We recognize that this past year has been a challenging period for vendors. Now that the formal transition is underway, we look forward to working with you, as well as customers and other stakeholders, to plan for a sustainable future for this space. We will be back to vendors shortly with more information and will be seeking your input to inform our long-term planning efforts.

There are some priorities that will require attention in the short term, but our intention is that the Market continues to operate with its existing schedule and with minimal disruptions, allowing you to focus on serving your customers during the busy holiday season. We want to support you during this important pre-Christmas shopping period and are planning some marketing efforts over the next few weeks.

We will be back to vendors soon with more updates and look forward to working with you all , to create a sustainable future for the Market.

Kind regards,

Krista Dempsey
Vice President, Real Estate
Halifax Port Authority

For more information, contact:
Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3645
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Transition Period Begins at Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market after agreement reached


November 23, 2012 - HALIFAX, NS – This week marks the beginning of a transitional period at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. The Nova Scotia Farmers’ Market Development Cooperative (FMDC) and the City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd. (CMHC) have taken the final steps to formally surrender their lease to the Halifax Port Authority (HPA), landlord for the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.

In May, CMHC, FMDC and HPA began discussions towards the surrender of the lease. The surrender agreement has been finalized and HPA will now commence the transition process to reacquire its premises over the coming weeks and begin to operate the Market at the Halifax Seaport.

“The Market is a well-loved feature of our city and we want to see it thrive,” said Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice-President, Halifax Port Authority. “Once this transition is completed, we hope to put the Market in a more stable situation. We look forward to working with the vendors, customers, and other stakeholders to ensure a sustainable, vibrant future for this fantastic public space on our waterfront.”

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market will continue to operate with its current schedule. Over the coming months, HPA will work with stakeholders to address immediate priorities and develop a long-term plan for enhanced use of the space.

“This has been a very challenging situation but in working together, we have been able to come up with a plan that will allow the Market to continue operating,” said Dave Belt, Chair of the Board of Directors, City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd. “This is a positive outcome and will ensure that both producers and customers can continue to benefit from the great offering and experience of the Market.”

Background:
The Halifax Port Authority develops and manages 258 acres of property in support of the port’s diverse cargo and cruise lines of business and is a catalyst for local, regional and national economic growth. Revenue generated from operations allows for reinvestment in the port properties. The HPA is landlord for the Halifax Seaport district which has been redeveloped over the past 10 years as an area for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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For more information, contact:
Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3645
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

Dave Belt
Chairman, Board of Directors
City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd.
(902) 305-0418
davebelthotline@gmail.com

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Port of Halifax Celebrates Another Successful Cruise Season

November 19, 2012 - Halifax, NS - The Port of Halifax along with tourism partners, Seaport tenants and members of the community today celebrated the 2012 cruise season.

This year, the Port of Halifax welcomed 134 vessels with 252,847 passengers onboard from April 12 until November 1.

The Port of Halifax marked a significant milestone this year, welcoming over three million passengers to Halifax since cruise ships began calling here three decades ago.

“We want to thank everyone for continuing to make visiting our city such a wonderful experience for cruise passengers,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority. “The unique attractions and welcoming community make Halifax a truly memorable port of call.”

"Cruise ships are an important part of helping make Nova Scotia's tourism industry globally competitive," said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris." We want to congratulate the Port of Halifax on a successful cruise season, which is helping to create good jobs and grow the economy throughout the province."

Each year, the Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million in direct spin-off expenditures for the local economy. The 2013 cruise season will begin in May.

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For more information, contact:
Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour Promoted at Breakbulk Turkey

November 13, 2012 – Istanbul, Turkey – This week the Halifax Port Authority is promoting the breakbulk and heavy-lift capabilities of the ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Turkey has a lot of potential to become a key market for the Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour with its strong history of breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes and its strategic location between East and West Europe,” said George Malec, Vice-President Business Development and Operations, Halifax Port Authority.

Turkey is already a key export market for bulk commodities such as woodchips from Nova Scotia. “This event provides us with an opportunity to meet with importers and exporters to promote the benefits of moving their goods through our ports to a wider audience,” added Mr. Malec.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca


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Public Notice: For SALE – Vessel Rascal

November 8, 2012

The Halifax Port Authority is accepting bids on the vessel Rascal, which was raised from the Northwest Arm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The vessel is for sale on an as is, where is basis. Bids for the vessel will be accepted until Friday, November 23 at 4 p.m.
The Halifax Port Authority makes no representation as to the value or seaworthiness of the vessel Rascal. Viewing of the vessel can be arranged by contacting the Senior Manager, Operations at (902) 426-1796 or by e-mail at ccarter@portofhalifax.ca.

Bids can be submitted to:

Vice-President, Business Development & Operations
By mail:
Halifax Port Authority
PO Box 336
Halifax, NS B3J 2P6
By courier/drop off:
Halifax Port Authority
1215 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P8

Upon acceptance of a bid, the new owner will have 10 days to remove the vessel from Halifax Port Authority premises.
The Halifax Port Authority does not bind itself to accept any bid.

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Geoffrey Machum, Q.C., Reappointed to Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors

November 7, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – Today, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced the reappointment of Mr. D. Geoffrey Machum, Q.C. to the Halifax Port Authority board of directors.

Mr. Machum was first appointed to the board in 2006 and was reappointed in 2009 as a Port User appointee. He was elected by the board to a second term as Vice-Chair in October 2009 and continued in this role until he was elected Chair in May 2012.

Mr. Machum will continue to Chair the Board of Directors providing guidance as the HPA implements its business strategy and engages stakeholders both locally and internationally. He currently sits on the Governance, Seaport, Human Resources & Compensation and Gateway Strategy Committees of the Board.

Mr. Machum is actively involved in the community including as a member of the Board of Directors of Symphony Nova Scotia where he chairs its governance committee and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Halifax Grammar School. He has also enjoyed involvement with the United Way's Leadership Giving Campaign and with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority touts Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour at Arctic Shipping Conference

November 1, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - The Halifax Port Authority sent representation to Montreal for the fifth annual Arctic Shipping North America Forum this week to showcase the potential of the ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour to accommodate breakbulk and project cargoes.

Of specific relevance to arctic shippers is space for a staging area at both ports.

"The ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour have ample laydown capacity for all types of cargo – ideal for facilitating resupply services for the Canadian Arctic,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development at the Halifax Port Authority. “Our ports are the closest to Europe and Southeast Asia on the east coast of North America, which ultimately could provide the most competitive overall transit time for getting goods to the North.”

“The development of the Arctic provides great potential for Logistec,” said Curtis Doiron, General Manager – Sales, Logistec Corporation. “As the need for project and re-supply cargo increases, The Port of Halifax and the Port of Sheet Harbour with their substantial laydown space, access to major intermodal networks, and strategic location are very well positioned to play a critical role in the development of the North."

The conference focused on the strategic challenges and commercial opportunities for the Arctic. It was attended by more than 180 trade and transport influencers, including government officials, shippers and international industry leaders.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Sheet Harbour Management Inc. and labour union reach deal at Port of Sheet Harbour

October 31, 2012 – Sheet Harbour, N.S. – Port of Sheet Harbour Management Inc., a subsidiary of the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) and Bluewater Stevedores Union Local 2065 have come to terms on a new contract at the Port of Sheet Harbour.

“With a new contract in place, we can assure cargo customers that the Port of Sheet Harbour has a skilled and stable work force that can move product efficiently and competitively for years to come,” said George Malec, Vice-President of Business Development & Operations at the Halifax Port Authority. “There is a lot of potential in this port and reliable labour is at its core.”

The HPA took over operations at the Port of Sheet Harbour in July after Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s contract with the previous management expired in 2011. As port manager, the HPA is responsible for all facets of the terminal’s operations, including negotiating directly with the local labour union.

“We’re pleased to have agreed to a new contract to continue labour operations at the Port of Sheet Harbour,” said Jason Josey, President of the Bluewater Stevedores Union Local 2065. “With Port of Sheet Harbour Management Inc. at the helm, we look forward to the future growth and development of cargo moved through the Port for the long-term benefit of our entire community.”

The Port of Sheet Harbour is a common user facility that’s well-positioned for breakbulk cargo activity. Logistec is the facility’s stevedoring services provider.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Final week of 2012 cruise season in the Port of Halifax impacted by Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – This week the final ships of the 2012 cruise season will be arriving in the Port of Halifax. Due to Hurricane Sandy there have been several changes to the cruise schedule this week.

The 2012 season will now end on November 1 instead of October 30 with three additional vessels calling Halifax.  Approximately 3,000 cruise passengers will be aboard these three vessels.

In September two ships, carrying approximately 2,300 cruise passengers, diverted from Halifax because of weather.

The following additional ships are scheduled this week:

The World – arrived on Sunday, October 28 and will remain in Halifax until Wednesday, October 31
Norwegian Dawn – arrived today Monday, October 29 and will remain until Tuesday, October 30
Regatta – arrives Tuesday, October 30

For the latest cruise schedule, please visit www.cruisehalifax.ca

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Halifax, CN work together to drive Asia business development

October 24, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - The Port of Halifax and CN have reinforced their business development efforts in Asia with the recent appointment of new commercial representatives in the region.

The Port of Halifax and CN have jointly hired Ajay Kumar Singh as their representative in Mumbai, India, effective October 1.  Singh will help to market the Port of Halifax as a gateway to North America using CN's rail network.

"The hiring of Ajay will give the port and CN

, Shenzhen, and Shanghai, where Lonny Kubas, CN's general manager, Asia, is based.

The Port of Halifax has had a dedicated business development manager in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for four years and this existing representative will work closely with CN's new representative.

The Port of Halifax's percentage of cargo activity with Asia has grown in recent years, surpassing Europe as the largest source of traffic. Currently, 45 per cent of all cargo moved through Halifax originates from or is destined for Asia. CN's direct involvement in Halifax's business development in India and Vietnam is a positive step toward advancing the port's opportunity in Asia even further.

"CN is pleased to be working closely with the Port of Halifax on this market outreach," said Keith Reardon, CN Vice-President, Intermodal Services. "Together we hope to improve the effectiveness of our customers' supply chains and in turn draw more business over the port and CN's North American rail network."

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Mark Hallman
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
CN
(905) 669-3384

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Halifax Port Authority Supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation– Atlantic Region

HALIFAX, NS, October 12, 2012 – October not only marks the busiest month of the cruise season for the Port of Halifax, it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That is why the Halifax Port Authority has decided to “Go Pink” during the month of October, in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – Atlantic Region.

Visitors can tour Halifax in style aboard bright pink buses thanks to BIG Pink Sightseeing. The popular double-decker tours raise funds throughout the cruise-ship season, by donating $1 from each ticket sold on select buses to CBCF- Atlantic Region. During the month of October, the Halifax Port Authority has committed to matching this amount, up to $3,000.

With thousands of visitors stopping through the Port of Halifax this month CBCF-Atlantic Region was onsite in early October to promote breast health and educate visitors. Additionally, employees of the Halifax Port Authority are being encouraged to Go Pink in their work place, with a casual day fundraising program.

“BIG Pink Sightseeing has been raising funds since 2010 in helping to create a future without breast cancer. It is really exciting to have the Halifax Port Authority join in their efforts,” says Jane Parsons, CEO of CBCF – Atlantic Region. “We are so appreciative of their support, and the support that they generating among visitors aboard the cruise ships.”

“Breast cancer affects thousands of women each year around the world, we are happy to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region in their efforts to find a cure,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager, Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority. “Cruise passengers visiting our city love the pink buses and are pleased to support this worthy cause with their generous contributions.”

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

Since 1986, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) has been at the forefront of a nation-wide movement to raise awareness and mobilize action on breast cancer. Today, CBCF is the leading organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Our investments in vital research, education and health promotion programs have led progress in breast cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment and care.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Deanna Jones, Coordinator, Communications
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Region
1-866-273-2223
djones@cbcf.org
www.cbcf.org/atlantic

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Ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour promote general cargo capabilities at Breakbulk Americas 2012

October 11, 2012 – Houston, Texas – The ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour have representation in Houston, Texas this week for Breakbulk Americas 2012, the largest event in North America for companies involved in moving heavy-lift, project and traditional breakbulk cargoes.

With more than $100 billion worth of major projects underway in Atlantic Canada, the ports of Halifax and Sheet Harbour are well positioned to handle project-related cargo.

“Major investment is expected in our region in the coming years and Halifax and Sheet Harbour are in a great strategic position to handle the associated breakbulk and project cargo opportunities," said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development for the Halifax Port Authority. "Breakbulk Americas provides an opportunity to highlight the emerging opportunities in Atlantic Canada in oil and gas, power generation and major projects."

Recent facility enhancements, including the ongoing expansion of Richmond Terminals, have readied the Port of Halifax to accommodate more breakbulk activity. The HPA also recently took over operations of the Port of Sheet Harbour, which offers an abundance of laydown area for heavy lift and project cargoes, as well as easy truck access to major centres in North America.

The HPA is attending as part of a group representing Canada’s Atlantic Gateway, which also includes the ports of Saint John, Belledune, Corner Brook and St. John’s.

About 230 exhibitors and 3,500 attendees are expected at the four-day event, which runs from Oct. 8-11 at the George R. Brown Convention Centre.

The Port of Halifax is exhibiting at booth 759.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market to soon complete transfer of Market Operations to Halifax Port Authority

October 4, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - Late today, the Board of Directors of the City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd. (CMHC) met to take the next step to surrender its lease to the Halifax Port Authority (HPA), landlord for the Farmers' Market facility.

In May, CMHC and Nova Scotia Farmers’ Market Development Cooperative, Ltd (FMDC) gave approval to their boards to negotiate the surrender of the lease. During the interim period, CMHC and HPA have been working through details surrounding the surrender which will allow the operations for the Market to be transferred to HPA in an orderly manner over the fall months.

"We are looking forward to working with the Market Cooperatives’ Boards of Directors to take the next steps forward and finalize a plan to stabilize the Market. As soon as we are able to, the Halifax Port Authority aims to work with vendors, customers, the community and others involved in the Market to ensure a sustainable, vibrant future for this public space at the Halifax Seaport," said Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice President, Halifax Port Authority.

The Market will continue to operate with no immediate changes. For information, please visit www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com or www.halifaxseaport.ca.

Background:

The Halifax Port Authority develops and manages 260 acres of property in support of the Port’s diverse cargo and cruise lines of business and is a catalyst for local, regional and national economic growth. Revenue generated from operations allows for reinvestment into Port properties. The HPA is landlord for the Halifax Seaport district which has been redeveloped over the past 10 years as an area for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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For more information, contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3645
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

Dave Belt
Chairman, Board of Directors
City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd.
(902) 305-0418
davebelthotline@gmail.com

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Port of Halifax celebrates welcoming over three million passengers

HALIFAX, N.S. – Today, the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) will celebrate welcoming over three million cruise passengers to our city.

“This is truly a wonderful milestone and we want to thank everyone in Halifax for making the experience for cruise passengers amazing,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development, Halifax Port Authority. “Our partners in tourism and the local community have worked hard to provide a memorable experience for passengers visiting our city, which has been essential to cruise growth in Halifax over the past three decades.”

Today also marks the busiest day of the 2012 cruise season with five ships in Halifax with a combined capacity of over 8,600 passengers.

“Congratulations to the Halifax Port Authority on this tremendous milestone,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Through the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, we are working in partnership with industry to focus on strategic priorities, such as improved access to Nova Scotia, through cruise and other forms of transportation, to make it even easier for visitors to visit and explore everything our beautiful province has to offer.”

To commemorate this milestone, the HPA is pleased to donate a $1,500 bursary to Nova Scotia Community College, to be presented to a Tourism Management student, based on financial need.

In the 2012 cruise season, the Port of Halifax expects about 130 vessels carrying approximately 240,000 passengers. Annually, the cruise industry contributes $50 million in economic spin offs to the local economy.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Port Days 2012 to focus on Emerging Supply Chains Through Halifax

September 19, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - Port Days 2012 is a conference for transport-related professionals featuring a mix of business sessions and networking opportunities. This year’s theme is “Emerging Supply Chains Through Halifax.” Discussions will focus on the many initiatives underway that will result in major capital projects and investments in the Atlantic region and how they’ll affect the Port of Halifax.

This event features speakers from across the supply chain and showcases the diversity of the business at the Port of Halifax. The media is invited to attend Port Days sessions taking place on Thursday, September 20, which will include speakers from the following organizations: Ambassatours Gray Line, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, CN, Halifax Port Authority, Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Logistec Stevedoring Inc., MAN Diesel & Turbo Canada, Transportation Media, UPS Canada and ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (Canada) Co. Ltd.

WHAT: Panel discussions, keynote address, photo and interview opportunities

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2012

8 a.m. Chairman’s Breakfast
Remarks from Geoff Machum, Chair, Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors

9:30 a.m. Business Session One: Supply Chain Opportunities from Mega Projects
Moderated by Patrick Bohan, Halifax Port Authority
Panelists: Curtis Doiron, Logistec Stevedoring Inc.; Patrick Brannon, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council; Pierre Poulain, MAN Diesel & Turbo Canada

11:10 a.m. Business Session Two: Open Forum Debate
Moderated by Lou Smyrlis, Transportation Media
Panelists: Volker Kluge, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (Canada) Co. Ltd.; Nick Nanos, Liquor Control Board of Ontario; Jim Ramsay, UPS Canada; Keith Reardon, CN

12:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Keynote speaker: Dennis Campbell, Ambassatours Gray Line

WHERE: Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax (Keynote Luncheon only)

For more information, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/portofhalifax and search hashtag #hfxportdays.

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Halifax first Port in Canada to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal Authority

September 18, 2012 - The Halifax Port Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Panama Canal Authority. The Port of Halifax is the first port in Canada to sign an MOU with the Panama Canal Authority.

The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to identify business opportunities, increase awareness of the ports, exchange information, and undertake joint marketing initiatives.

“Asian cargo is growing over the Port of Halifax and with the Panama Canal expansion nearing completion, large ships will soon have another route option available to and from North America and the Port of Halifax,” said Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “With Halifax’s transit time advantages for our Asian target markets, it makes sense for us to establish a strategic partnership with the Panama Canal Authority and this MOU will be mutually beneficial for both ports.

“The Memorandum of Understanding with the Halifax Port Authority reinforces the importance of the ‘All-Water Route’ through the Panama Canal,” said Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator Jorge Quijano. “With the current economic climate, it has never been more important to provide optimal customer service, and this agreement will enable us to fully cooperate and work together for continued trade between Asia and the East Coast of Canada.”

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For more information please contact:

Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority
Tel. (902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Teresa Arosemena
Panama Canal

International Communications
Corporate Communications Office
Tel. +(507) 272-1873
Email: tarosemena@pancanal.com

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Port of Halifax and Halifax Stanfield International Airport Promote Halifax as the East Coast Gateway

September 17, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Port Authority and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport hosted a reception together this evening in Shanghai, China to promote Halifax as an east coast gateway.

The reception was hosted as part of the Council of the Federation trade mission to China, led by Premier Darrell Dexter. This event provided the Port of Halifax and Halifax Stanfield International Airport with the opportunity to promote Halifax as an international connection point for moving people and trade to and from North America.

“Nearly half of our cargo today is Asian and this region represents one of our key target markets for growth. Raising awareness and generating new contacts in Asia is important for the Port of Halifax,” said Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “This reception gave our international Port and Airport an opportunity to build upon the existing relationships we have in China as well as forge new ones.”

Local Nova Scotia businesses participating in the mission also had the opportunity to network and talk about potential opportunities. The reception was also hosted in partnership with the Canada China Business Council. Approximately 120 people attended.

“We are pleased to continue building relationships in China and with the completion of our main runway extension program in November, we look forward to increasing our cargo and passenger traffic with the Asian market,” said Jerry Staples, Vice President, Air Service Marketing & Development with Halifax International Airport Authority.

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For more information please contact:

Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

Jennifer Delorey Lyon
HIAA Corporate Communications
(902) 221-4664
jennifer.deloreylyon@hiaa.ca

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Minister Ashfield tours Atlantic Gateway investments at the Port of Halifax

September 14, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today visited the Port of Halifax to mark progress on two significant projects. Led by Halifax Port Authority representatives, Minister Ashfield toured the site of the recently completed South End Terminal Expansion project and the construction site of the Richmond Terminals Multipurpose Gateway Improvements project.

"Today we take an important step forward as we celebrate investments in the Port of Halifax that will not only improve trade and traffic flows to and from the region's largest deep-water port, but will also benefit the economy by facilitating trade in the Atlantic region as a whole," said Minister Ashfield. "Halifax will be able to attract economic opportunities as a result of these improvements to the Port. These projects will improve the competitiveness of the Port by facilitating the movement of international trade through the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor. Strategic infrastructure investments like these are key to our Gateway's success."

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $17.5 million for the South End Container Terminal project, which will allow the Port of Halifax to berth two of the world's largest ships simultaneously, giving it a competitive advantage in international trade. The Government of Canada's contribution of up to $36.5 million to the Richmond Terminals project will upgrade and expand the port's value-added and breakbulk cargo handling services.

"Having the right infrastructure is key to being a highly competitive trade gateway," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. "These terminal enhancements, co-funded with the Government of Canada, ensure we are able to accommodate future growth of both containerized and breakbulk cargo operations in the Port of Halifax."

The Government of Canada is committed to working with its public and private sector partners to help position the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor as a key entry point into North America.

Under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, Canada is investing more than $250 million in transportation infrastructure projects supporting the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor.

Canada's Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor is the shortest all-water route between North America's East Coast and markets in Europe and Asia, via the Suez Canal. Double-stack rail service provides a direct link to Chicago in 71 hours, and a two-hour fly zone connects the Atlantic Gateway to Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New York.

More information on Canada's Atlantic Gateway can be found at www.atlanticgateway.gc.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, Ottawa
613-992-3474

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors Elects New Vice-Chair

September 14, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is pleased to announce that David Henderson has been elected Vice-Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Henderson was first appointed to the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors in October 2007 and was subsequently reappointed for a second three-year term. He was elected by the Board as Vice-Chair in September 2012 for a term of two years. He currently chairs the Security, Environment & Safety Committees and serves on the Audit and Gateway Strategy Committees.

Mr. Henderson succeeds Tom McInnis in the Vice-Chair role following Mr. McInnis’s recent appointment to the Senate of Canada. “Tom will be missed by the Halifax Port Authority,” said Geoff Machum, Chair, Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors. “He served the port very effectively during his time here, and I have no doubt he will represent Nova Scotia and Canada with the same vigor in his new role.”

“David Henderson’s election as Vice-Chair is indicative of the high regard other Board members have for his work and contributions on behalf of the Halifax Port Authority since his initial appointment to the board five years ago,” added Mr. Machum. “David has served in various capacities during his tenure here, he has been a longstanding member of the Board’s Audit and Gateway Strategy Committees, which stands him in good stead to continue with his valuable contribution in his new role as Vice-Chair.”

Mr. Henderson is a highly successful sales professional with over 35 years of experience. He has held positions of responsibility as a sales representative and account manager for the Atlantic region for two leading international manufacturing companies. He is currently the Atlantic Territory Account Manager for Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. In addition, David also manages a portfolio of residential real estate in HRM.

An active member of the community, David is Past President of the Nova Scotia Mixed Curling Association, past member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association. He is also a fundraiser for numerous charities.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Standard & Poor's Affirms HPA 'A' credit rating

September 5, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - Standard & Poor’s has issued a release today affirming the Halifax Port Authority’s credit rating at ‘A’. Please click here for further details.

Halifax Port Authority salutes Ruth Goldbloom

August 30, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Port Authority salutes Ruth Goldbloom, O.C., who passed away yesterday.

Ruth championed the creation of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to tell the stories of the one million immigrants who came through the doors of Pier 21 to begin their lives in Canada.  In addition, Ruth had a long-standing history of volunteer service to the local community and many organizations.

“We have lost one of our greatest citizens,” said Geoff Machum, Chair of the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors. “When Ruth set her mind to any one of her many worthwhile causes, she was a super natural force to be reckoned with. She leaves a formidable legacy.”

“We will all remember Ruth’s passion for her community and her tenacity to create a museum at Pier 21,” said Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority.  “Her efforts and inspiration of others led to the creation of Pier 21 as a museum which today is a cherished national museum.”

The Halifax Port Authority wishes to express our condolences to Ruth’s family and friends.

The HPA will fly flags at the Halifax Seaport at half mast today and tomorrow in remembrance of Ruth.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
902-426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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NSBI Introduces Community to New Port of Sheet Harbour Manager

August 28, 2012 - Sheet Harbour, N.S. - Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), today, Aug. 28, introduced the community of Sheet Harbour to its new port manager, The Halifax Port Authority.

Through a well-attended open house at the Eastern Shore Wildlife Association Lodge, community members had a chance to meet the new operator and learn more about the Halifax Port Authority's transition and management plans.

Federal and provincial representatives were also on hand to welcome the new port managers to the community.

"This new management arrangement has the potential to position Sheet Harbour as a port of choice and economic driver for the region," said Jim Boudreau, Guysborough-Sheet Harbour MLA, on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

NSBI signed a contract July 1 with the Halifax Port Authority to assume management responsibilities for the Sheet Harbour Marine Terminal.

"The Port of Sheet Harbour is in good hands with the Halifax Port Authority," said Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia. "I am confident that the new leadership will help to re-invigorate the port, and that they will work hand-in-hand with the community to bring work to the area and to grow this valuable gateway to the region, to Nova Scotia and to trade corridors beyond our borders."

The Port of Sheet Harbour is provincially owned through NSBI and was constructed by the province in 1989.

"We would like to acknowledge the great work the community members have done in helping this become a reality," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, NSBI."We look forward to a successful relationship with both the community and the Halifax Port Authority for years to come."

Nova Scotia Business Inc. worked with the community group Port of Sheet Harbour Governance Committee, during the selection process of the new port manager.

"The community is very optimistic that the new manager will bring the port to new heights. We have a lot of stevedores working away from home who are looking forward to having more opportunities at the port," said Anthony Turner, member of the Port of Sheet Harbour Governance Committee.

The port is well suited for marine and resource-based industry, manufacturing, and container shipping.

"We want to thank the community of Sheet Harbour for the warm welcome they have provided us," said George Malec, vice-president business development and operations, Halifax Port Authority.

"The Port of Sheet Harbour is an important asset to this community and we are committed to growing the business to benefit the local economy."

Nova Scotia Business Inc. manages multiple ports and industrial parks across the province. For more information about ports and industrial parks in Nova Scotia, visit http://nsbi.ca/property.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia.

For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect.

Visit portofsheetharbour.ca.

Media contacts:

Cindy Roberts
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
902-222-3658
croberts@nsbi.ca

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
902-426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Halifax participates in Vietfish 2012

The Port of Halifax was recently at Vietfish 2012, an annual seafood show in Vietnam. For the second straight year, we shared a booth space with Hoang Ha International Logistics, a freight forwarder specializing in seafood.

Last year, 21 per cent of our imports from Vietnam were seafood, up from about 12 per cent in 2010.

In this photo are Anh Ngo, the Port of Halifax's Business Development Manager in Vietnam, and Daniel Doan, CN Business Development Manager in Vietnam.

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Halifax Logistics Park boosts cold storage capacity

July 24, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park, located in Burnside Business Park, welcomes Nova Cold Storage, as its first full-service, refrigerated and frozen food logistics centre. Nova Cold has broken ground on a $9.5 million state-of-the-art facility, located on Wilkinson Avenue.

Nova Cold is expanding to accommodate its frozen fish and processed foods storage business, servicing processors, exporters, and freight forwarders. When complete, the new 60,000 sq. ft., federally inspected, cold storage transloading facility will house 5,500 pallets, enough to fill 250 ocean containers.

“The ability to purchase land in such a central location is what enticed us to build this modern warehouse,” said Barry Smith, president of Nova Cold Storage. “Our new facility will exclusively offer companies 100% cold chain security because the loading bay doors are constructed to open inwards so trailers and containers can be loaded and sealed inside 50 ft. refrigerated docks.”

The Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park is an ideal distribution site, offering logistics companies large acreage lots within the urban core of the municipality. The Park is serviced by five major highways and is within a 10-15 minute commute of the international Port of Halifax, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and CN rail’s intermodal yard.

“The design of the Logistics Park allows trucks ample room to move for a quick turn-around,” said Richard Butts, Chief Administrative Officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality. “As our newest business, Nova Cold will be playing a key role in shipping refrigerated goods as the Gateway expands its distribution network.”

Since 2006, 50 acres of the Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park have been developed. Today eight companies offer warehousing, customs clearance, transloading, freight forwarding and other value-added services including “just-in-time” delivery. The Logistics Park is also well positioned to play a support role to the companies engaged in the $70 billion in mega projects taking place in Atlantic Canada including the $25 billion Halifax Shipyard contract.

“Our region has the transportation infrastructure to compete globally and new private sector investment from companies such as Nova Cold Storage is an indication that our strategy to become Canada’s preferred eastern gateway is working,” said Joyce Carter, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Halifax International Airport Authority.

Phase 1 of the Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park is currently underway, comprising 140 acres of serviced lots and Phase 2 will offer an additional 128 acres for future development opportunities.

For more information visit www.halifaxgateway.com and click on “Land.” A fact sheet and photos of development at the Atlantic Gateway - Halifax Logistics Park are available upon request.

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About Halifax Gateway

Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, Halifax Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the international Port of Halifax, two super post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure. The Halifax Gateway is managed by the Greater Halifax Partnership. www.halifaxgateway.com.

About the Greater Halifax Partnership

The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax. www.greaterhalifax.com

For more information, contact:

Krista Hall, Communications
Greater Halifax Partnership
(o) 902-490-7105
(c) 902-223-9170
khall@greaterhalifax.com

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HPA participates in round table on the Government of Canada's long-term infrastructure plan

June 28, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. – Today, the Halifax Port Authority participated in a round table discussion on infrastructure in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The discussion focused on the Government of Canada’s long-term infrastructure plan that will extend beyond the expiry of the Building Canada plan in 2014. Participants were invited to share insights and ideas to assist in creating a cohesive long-term plan. The new plan will focus on investments that support long-term economic growth.

“Modern infrastructure is a key element to a port’s competitiveness,” said Greg Baker, Senior Manager, Engineering and Infrastructure at the Halifax Port Authority. “The Halifax Port Authority and the Government of Canada are currently co-funding over $100 million dollars worth of up-grades complemented by private sector investment. Ports are a strategic asset to this country and it is important to take a long-term view when assessing infrastructure associated with them so that we can remain competitive.”

Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities joined the Honourable Peter Penashue and Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works from Newfoundland and Labrador for the roundtable discussion. Participants at these regional roundtables included provincial, territorial, municipal and business leaders.

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Zim adds new Halifax call to Atlantic service

Zim is adding a new call at Halifax from July on the Zim Container Service Atlantic, known as the ZCA service.

The first Halifax call is scheduled for July 19th by the 4,250 teu Zim Texas, which starts the new westbound port rotation from Haifa on July 3rd.

Transit times from Tarragona to Halifax with 7 days, 8 days from Genoa, and 14 days from Haifa.

The service is operated with 6 x 4,250 teu vessels and the service will use the Halterm Terminal in Halifax.

Port rotation of the ZCA will then be : Haifa, Piraeus, Genoa, Tarragona, Halifax, New York, Savannah, Kingston, Tarragona and back to Haifa.

Zim also calls at the Halterm Terminal on the ZCP service covering the Asia/USWC/USEC/Canada trade.

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NSBI Announces New Management at the Port of Sheet Harbour Terminal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Halifax Port Authority will manage operations of the Port of Sheet Harbour Terminal.

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Nova Scotia Business Inc. has signed a contract, effective July 1, 2012, with the Halifax Port Authority to assume management responsibilities of the Sheet Harbour Marine Terminal. The 10-year agreement is performance-based with an option to renew.

The Halifax Port Authority will manage and operate the port under an agreement that includes performance goals.

"The Halifax Port Authority has a global network within the industry and a proven track record," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. "With this new agreement, NSBI and the Sheet Harbour steering committee's objective is to see increased annual hours worked at the port and to stimulate economic growth for the Sheet Harbour community."

The Halifax Port Authority will provide multiple, competitive stevedoring companies an opportunity to use the terminal.

"We welcome the Halifax Port Authority to our community and the opportunities it can bring to Sheet Harbour," said Anthony Turner, port of Sheet Harbour steering committee member.

The port is in Sheet Harbour on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and it is well suited for marine and resource-based industry, manufacturing and being an intermediate port for ships on their way to another destination. Companies have already established processing and shipping facilities at the port as a competitive alternative to other locations.

"We know that the port of Sheet Harbour is an important asset and we look forward to working with all of the diverse members of the community to make this a successful undertaking," says George Malec, vice-president of business development and operations, Halifax Port Authority.

Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Halifax Port Authority and community representatives from the port of Sheet Harbour steering committee will host an open house for the community. Details will be announced shortly.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .

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The Halifax Port Authority will manage operations of the port of Sheet Harbour terminal.

Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI, says the objective is to increase activity at the port and stimulate economic growth for the Sheet Harbour community.

The 10-year agreement includes performance objectives.

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Media Contacts:

Cindy Roberts
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
902-222-3658
E-mail: croberts@nsbi.ca

Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority
902-426-1060
E-mail: mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Gateway Council holds Annual General Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2012 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Today, the Halifax Gateway Council (HGC) held its Annual General Meeting. Business conducted at the meeting included the appointment of Board Members, approval of the annual financial statements, and the appointment of auditors.

Joyce Carter, Vice President Finance, CFO and CSO, Halifax International Airport Authority was unanimously reappointed as Chairperson of the Halifax Gateway Council. Carter thanked the Board for its ongoing support, noting "it is a privilege to represent the Halifax Gateway."

Carter noted that this past year has been one of unprecedented cooperation among stakeholders. "By operating under a single banner, the Halifax Gateway efficiently delivers a multimodal transportation system that moves thousands of people and tonnes of cargo every day."

Halifax Gateway Highlights for the past year include:

  • $28 million being invested in the main runway extension program at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. This investment is provided by the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and Halifax International Airport Authority.
  • $35 million being invested in the lengthening of the South End Container terminal allowing for the berthing of two super post-Panamax ships simultaneously. This investment is cost-shared by the Halifax Port Authority and the Government of Canada.
  • $73 million being invested in Richmond Terminals for the upgrade and expansion of the facility to provide additional capacity for breakbulk and project cargos. This investment is cost-shared by the Halifax Port Authority and the Government of Canada.
  • Record passengers were processed through Halifax Stanfield International Airport (approximately 3.6 million).
  • 29,000 metric tonnes of air cargo processed at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • 9.5 million metric tonnes of port cargo.
  • CN's Autoport processed 190,000 vehicle shipments.
  • Over 240,000 cruise passengers.
  • Halterm Container Terminal Ltd. announces plans to purchase two new super post-Panamax cranes.
  • Two new tenants secured in the Halifax Logistics Park, Nova Cold Storage and Cherubini Group of Companies, bringing the total to eight.
  • Halifax Gateway wins 1st place marketing award for its awareness building collateral.

The Greater Halifax Partnership, the lead economic development organization for Halifax, provides day-to-day management of the HGC. Nancy Phillips, the Partnership's Director of Business Development, is also the Executive Director of the Halifax Gateway Council.

At today's meeting, the following Board Members were appointed:

Wesley Armour, President & CEO, Armour Transportation Systems
Paul Brigley, Senior VP & CFO, Halterm Container Terminal Limited
Richard Butts, CAO, Halifax Regional Municipality
Joyce Carter, Vice President Finance, CFO & CSO, Halifax International Airport Authority
Steven Christiansen, President, Gateway Facilities ULC
Nancy Conrad, Senior Vice President Policy, Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Ashley Dinning, President & CEO, Halterm Container Terminal Limited
Marc Fortin, Regional Director General, Atlantic Region, Transport Canada
John Hamblin, President, Clarke IT Solutions Inc.
Kevin Hamm, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat
Francois Hebert, Vice President, Network Strategies, CN
Peter Hogan, Vice President Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
George Malec, Vice President Business Development & Operations, Halifax Port Authority
Captain Sid Hynes, Executive Chairman, Oceanex Inc.
Paul Kent, President & CEO, Greater Halifax Partnership
Paul LaFleche, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Stephen Lund, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Patricia Lyall, President & CEO, Destination Halifax
Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority
Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority
Steve Snider, General Manager & CEO, Halifax Harbour Bridges

WBLI Chartered Accountants were reappointed as auditors for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

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About the Halifax Gateway Council
Established in 2004, the Halifax Gateway Council provides a forum for transportation stakeholders in the Halifax region to work collectively to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of goods and passenger movements through Atlantic Canada's primary gateway. Its vision is to be the preferred eastern Gateway for North America.

About the Halifax Gateway
Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, Halifax Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the International Port of Halifax (including two super post-Panamax container terminals) CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure. It offers advanced multimodal transportation and logistics, exceptional service and easy access between North America and the globe. The Halifax Gateway is managed by the Greater Halifax Partnership. For more information on Halifax Gateway visit www.halifaxgateway.com

Contact:

Nancy Phillips
Executive Director
Halifax Gateway Council
902-490-6003
nphillips@greaterhalifax.com

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Big Pink Buses Make a Big Difference in the fight against breast cancer

June 20, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. -This year an estimated 22,700 Canadian women and 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Halifax cruise passengers, the Port of Halifax and a bus tour company are hoping to change these statistics.

Ambassatours Gray Line, Atlantic Canada launched a unique fundraising campaign three years ago. Ambassatours Gray Line offers Hop On, Hop Off tours of Halifax on 18 pink buses to passengers on cruise ship days. For every passenger, Ambassatours Gray Line donates $1 per passenger to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic Region.

Today, Ambassatour Gray Lines President Dennis Campbell presented Halifax Port Authority CEO Karen Oldfield with a Big Pink Bus as a thank you to the Port of Halifax for their support and to recognize their efforts to expand and grow the cruise industry in Halifax.

Halifax is not the only city who will be seeing pink this summer. Gray Line New York is starting a similar initiative and will have four pink buses providing tours of famous Big Apple landmarks such as Central Park and the Empire State Building. "It is a real honour to see an idea that was started here in Atlantic Canada being used in such a prominent tourism destination," said Dennis Campbell, President Ambassatours and Big Pink. "It is wonderful to see even more people helping to find a cure."

"Earlier this month Ambassatours presented CBCF with a cheque for $60,000, raised through their Big Pink Sightseeing tours in Atlantic Canada," said Jane Parsons, CEO, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Region. "Corporate support like this enables us to continue our efforts in creating a future without breast cancer."

"The high number of cruise ship passengers coming to Halifax provides a great fundraising opportunity and visitors enjoy the tours and like to know they are also supporting an important cause," said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority.

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For more information contact:

Gary Powell, Vice President
Ambassatours Gray Lines
902-423-6242 ext. 235
E-mail: gpowell@ambassatours.com

Deanna Jones
Coordinator, Communications & Volunteer Programs
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic Region
902-422-5520
E-mail: djones@cbcf.org

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Disney Magic Visits Canada / New England Coast and Hosts First-Call Ceremonies

June 12, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - The 2,700-passenger Disney Magic set sail from New York this week taking cruisers on the first of nine 5-night Canadian / New England coast itineraries with stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick. “Canada and the New England coast are alluring destinations for our guests,” said Disney Cruise Line Captain John Barwis. “This region’s history, quaint charm and scenic vistas will provide our guests with a unique and memorable vacation, and sailing from New York is convenient for many families who reside in the Northeast.”

To celebrate the inaugural calls on Halifax and Saint John, Captain Barwis and his shipboard officers hosted local port officials and community leaders aboard the vessel for a plaque exchange ceremony, in accordance with maritime tradition. “It’s an honour for us and our tourism partners to host Disney – one of the world’s most iconic brands – for the 2012 cruise season,” said Cathy McGrail, manager of Cruise Development for the Halifax Port Authority. “We’ve been eagerly awaiting this day since it was announced over a year ago and we’re excited to showcase our city to a new demographic.”

Disney Magic crew members will be visiting more than 130 children in two hospitals in Halifax and Saint John with character visits this week. Over the years, these visits have grown into a tradition for crew members to demonstrate our commitment to the local community.

In September, the Disney Magic will reposition to sail 6-, 7- and 8-night Western Caribbean itineraries from Galveston, Texas for the first time. In May of 2013, the Disney Magic will cross the Atlantic to begin a summer season in the Mediterranean.

Disney Cruise Line

Based in Celebration, Fla., Disney Cruise Line is focused on providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create. Most recently, the company was recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the top “Cruise Ships of the World,” with the Disney Magic being voted No. 1 and the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder tying for No. 2. Travel + Leisure magazine also ranked Disney Cruise Line the No. 1 Large-Ship Cruise Line for Families. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can contact their travel agent, visit disneycruise.com or call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500. Travel agents can call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or visit disneytravelagents.com.

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For additional information on Disney Cruise Line and to download photos, visit its media-only website at: www.dclnews.com.

Media Contacts:

Lauren Falcone
Media Relations Manager
(902) 566-6811
Lauren.Falcone@Disney.com

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
E-mail: nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca
www.portofhalifax.ca

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Governor General Visits the Port of Halifax

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, (left centre) met with Halifax Port Authority officials for a port briefing on Friday, June 1, 2012. With His Excellency in this photo are (from left): Vice-President Business Development & Operations George Malec, President & CEO Karen Oldfield and Vice-Chair Tom McInnis.

June 1, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Port of Halifax welcomed His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for a briefing on the advantages of the Port of Halifax today.

Port officials provided an overview of the Port of Halifax and how Halifax connects shippers to markets worldwide.

“The Port of Halifax is one of Canada’s trade gateways and we have a long history of moving goods and people to and from Canada. We were pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the role the Port of Halifax plays as a trade gateway with His Excellency,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority.

Halifax connects exporters and importers with 150 countries especially in Europe and Asia which was highlighted throughout the briefing.

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For more information, please contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Halifax earns high marks for environmental leadership

May 30, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Port of Halifax was recognized for its environmental leadership in Green Marine’s 2011 evaluation released Tuesday at the fifth annual GreenTech Conference in Quebec City, Que. The Halifax Port Authority performed better than average for the 20 port authorities listed by Green Marine.

Green Marine is a North American environmental improvement program endorsed by WWF Canada, Ducks Unlimited and Transport Canada. The Port of Halifax achieved a level 5 rating in its environmental leadership category for maintaining an ISO 14001 certification for environmental stewardship since 2005 and applying it more broadly to Port tenants over the past four years. Green Marine considers a level 5 rating achieved when “participants have shown excellence by achieving defined reduction targets or systemic use of technologies.”

“We’ve made a conscious effort to make our Port greener and this certification recognizes the efforts made in the past few years,” said Halifax Port Authority Senior Vice-President Paul MacIsaac. “Taking a proactive approach to the environment is important to the Port and to our local community and customers. We aim to have the Port of Halifax be known as an industry leader on the environment and we continue to look for ways to make improvements and show leadership.”

Environmental actions the Port has taken to meet and exceed compliance in this area include: conducting regular documented safety and environmental inspections; advocating public transportation, installing bike racks and using an electric car; preventing tour bus idling; and following standard practices to prevent water pollution, including the installation of oil-water separators. The Port of Halifax was the first port in Canada to achieve an ISO14001 certification in 2005.

Halifax also received a level 4 rating (indicating introduction of new technologies) for greenhouse gases and air pollutants and level 2 ratings (indicating systematic use of a defined number of best practices and regulatory compliance) for water and land pollution prevention as well as conflicts of use.

Green Marine is a voluntary initiative in which participants agree to undergo a rigorous external audit every two years performed by Lloyds Registry Quality Assurance. The program now has 161 members from across North America. Under Green Marine, overall environmental performance of ports, terminals and shipowners in Canada and the U.S. has improved for the third year in a row. The Port of Halifax joined in November 2011.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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Notice of annual meeting | Avis d ’assemblée annuelle

June 28, 2012

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the Halifax Port Authority will be held at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Copies of audited financial statements are available for inspection by the public at the registered office of the Halifax Port Authority, Port Administration Building, 1215 Marginal Road, Halifax, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Dated at Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 28, 2012.

By Order of the Board of Directors

Lorraine Brenton, Corporate Secretary

28 juin 2012

Soyez avisés par cet avis que l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’Administration portuaire de Halifax se tiendra à l’hôtel Westin Nova Scotian, 1181, rue Hollis, Halifax, NouvelleÉcosse, le jeudi 28 juin 2012 à 9 h. Cette assemblée est ouverte au public.

Des copies des états financiers vérifiés peuvent être consultées par le public au bureau enregistré de l’Administration portuaire de Halifax, à l’édifice de l’Administration portuaire, 1215, chemin Marginal, durant les heures régulières de bureau (de 8 h 30 à 17 h).

Daté à Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, le 25 mai 2012.

Par ordre du conseil des directeurs

Lorraine Brenton, secrétaire générale

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Members of Cooperative operating Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market vote to start talks to turn back lease to Halifax Port Authority

May 23, 2012 - Halifax, NS - Last night, the group operating the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd., CMHC) voted to turn their lease back to the Halifax Port Authority (HPA), landlord for the Farmers’ Market facility.

“Our financial situation was no longer allowing our cooperative to operate the Market and we needed to ask for help if the Market was to continue operating,” said Dave Belt, Chairman, City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd. board of directors. “With this member vote, we can now ask the HPA to assume market operations and create a sustainable business model in conjunction with our professional consulting team from Project for Public Spaces (PPS).”

The HPA will work with CMHC to finalize a hand over of the Market building as they finalize a plan to deal with creditors.

“People like to buy local and they love their Farmers’ Market. Vendors, customers and our community want a thriving Market on the waterfront and we do too,” said Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice President, Halifax Port Authority. “Our goal is to work with everyone involved who can help to make this happen. It will take some time and we will need lots of input along the way".

The Market will continue to operate with no immediate changes. For information, please visit www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com or www.halifaxseaport.ca.

Background:

The Halifax Port Authority develops and manages 260 acres of property in support of the Port’s diverse cargo and cruise lines of business and is a catalyst for local, regional and national economic growth. Revenue generated from operations allows for reinvestment into Port properties. The HPA is landlord for the Halifax Seaport district which has been redeveloped over the past 10 years as an area for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Dave Belt
Chairman, Board of Directors
City Market of Halifax Cooperative Ltd.
(902) 305-0418
davebelthotline@gmail.com

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Port of Halifax looks to build on project cargo promise at Breakbulk Europe 2012

May 17, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – Business Development representatives for the Port of Halifax will be in Antwerp, Belgium next week to showcase the Port’s heavy-lift and project cargo handling capabilities at one of the industry’s largest conferences of its kind – Breakbulk Europe 2012.

“The Port of Halifax has diverse cargo handling capabilities and has expertise in breakbulk handling. With major infrastructure up-grades set to be complete within the next year at Richmond Terminals, our capacity to handle breakbulk cargo will be greatly expanded,” said George Malec, Vice President of Business Development and Operations at the Halifax Port Authority. “This conference provides a prime opportunity to meet with influential cargo movers and to position Halifax as a capable, growing breakbulk port for European product.”

Breakbulk cargo at the Port of Halifax has experienced growth recently with total breakbulk volumes at the Port of Halifax – including commodities such as telephone poles, machinery, steel and rubber – growing in the first quarter of 2012 by over 100 per cent compared to the same quarter of 2011.

“We have robust cargo handling capabilities at our two breakbulk terminals and efficient stevedoring companies moving the product, so we’re well positioned long-term to handle more imports and exports," said Malec. “The growth in breakbulk and our increase in breakbulk terminal capabilities is a signal that it’s an area of potential for Halifax and we are developing this line of cargo aggressively.”

Over 4,300 participants attended Breakbulk Europe 2011, including more than 180 international exhibitors and sponsors. This year’s event, running from May 22-24, features panel and keynote discussions, workshops and networking events for those in the heavy-lift and breakbulk transportation sector.

The Port will be exhibiting at booth #401H2 Canada’s Atlantic Gateway all three days.

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For more information, contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair and welcomes two new Directors

May 10, 2012 – Halifax, N.S. – The Halifax Port Authority is pleased to announce that D. Geoffrey Machum, Q.C. has been elected Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Machum has served on the Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors since 2006 and was reappointed in 2009 as a Port User appointee. He was elected by the Board to a second term as Vice-Chair in October 2009 and continued in this position until his election as Chair.

Mr. Machum is a senior partner with the law firm Stewart McKelvey, where he serves on the firm's regional Partnership Board and the firm’s Human Resources and Governance Committee. Mr. Machum is actively involved in the community including as a member of the Board of Directors of Symphony Nova Scotia and past involvement with the United Way and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

The Honourable Thomas J. McInnis has been elected Vice-Chair. Mr. McInnis was first appointed to the Board of Directors in 2008 and has subsequently been reappointed for a second term of three years. Mr. McInnis served as MLA from 1978 to 1993, during which time he held various Ministerial portfolios, including Transportation, Municipal Affairs, Education, Community Services, Economic Development, Labour, Attorney General and Deputy Premier. He is past President of the Nova Scotia Chamber of Commerce and President of the Sheet Harbour & Area Chamber of Commerce.

Two new Directors have also been appointed to the Halifax Port Authority board of directors.

Mr. Hector Jacques, O.C., has been appointed by the Halifax Regional Municipal Council as the Municipal director. Mr. Jacques formed Jacques Whitford and Associates Limited in 1972, is a recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame in 2001.

Mr. Ted Larsen has been appointed a director in the inland transportation category of Port Users. Mr. Larsen is a longstanding member of the Halifax business community. He is a local business owner, developing and managing a portfolio of commercial and residential real estate.

Mr. Jacques and Mr. Larsen will join directors Trevor Johnson, David Henderson and Anne Galbraith.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Canada-India economic relations discussed at Halifax Chamber event

May 10, 2012 - Halifax, N.S. - The Halifax Port Authority was pleased to be a sponsor of the May 10 Halifax Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Speaker Series which featured Don Stephenson, Chief Trade Negotiator, Canada-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (top). Mr. Stephenson spoke to the Halifax Business Community about the future of Canada-India economic relations focusing on the ongoing trade negotiations between Canada and India. We were also pleased to have Ms. Preeti Saran, the Indian Consul General (middle), based in Toronto, in attendance to bring greetings from India as well as Mr. Satish Thakkar, President of the Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce (bottom), also from Toronto, to introduce Mr. Stephenson.

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2012 cruise season begins at Port of Halifax

April 12, 2012 – HALIFAX, N.S. – The 2012 cruise season gets underway today at the Port of Halifax with the inaugural call of Azamara Journey.

Halifax expects 130 vessels and 235,000-245,000 passengers to visit this season.

“We’re ready and excited to get another busy cruise season underway in Halifax,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development for the Halifax Port Authority. “We’ve worked hard with our tourism partners to establish Halifax as a prominent cruise destination and the numbers we’re anticipating this season as compared to past seasons show demand for cruises to this region is consistently strong.”

Azamara Journey, making its first-ever visit at the Port of Halifax, will also be the first of two Titanic-themed memorial cruises to call Halifax to start the season, the second being Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ vessel Balmoral, which will dock for an overnight stay on April 16. Passengers onboard both vessels will be treated to a special Halifax welcome including dockside highlanders and a complimentary Halifax Seaport postcard with one of Canada Post’s new Titanic commemorative stamps.

Cruise traffic will gradually pick up through the spring and summer before the height of the season in September and October as many tourists flock to the region on a fall foliage itinerary. The busiest part of the season will peak on Oct. 1 when five vessels with a combined maximum capacity over 8,600 passengers will dock at the Halifax Seaport for the day.

“The cruise market continues to bolster the overall performance of our tourism sector and calls for continued focus as an opportunity for sustained growth,” said Patricia Lyall, Destination Halifax President and CEO. “The Halifax experience is rooted in authenticity and starts with the warm welcome received upon arrival. Augmented by the depth and variety of all there is to see and do throughout the region, guests are left wanting more which often entices a return visit to Nova Scotia.”

Each year, the Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million in direct spin-off expenditures for the local economy.

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For more information, contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Province supports shipping service between Halifax and New England

April 5, 2012 - HALIFAX, N.S. - The province is helping Nova Scotia businesses find new ways to ship their product, and increase the competitive advantage of the Port of Halifax, with a $500,000 loan guarantee to American Feeder Lines International.

The province announced the investment today, April 5, to support the company's weekly shipping service from Halifax to Boston and Portland.

"Strong transportation links are the key for exporting our products to international markets, and for economic growth," said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "This investment will create good jobs and help to make Nova Scotia businesses be more competitive, and that's what jobsHere is all about."

This investment supports up to 40 direct and indirect jobs, and is designed to compete for a share of the global supply chain with New England estimated to be roughly 240,000 containers a year that are now moving by truck or rail through other North American ports. Capturing a piece of this market represents a tremendous business opportunity.

"American Feeder Lines International truly appreciates this support from Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax in our endeavour to serve the Canadian and New England market," said Floyd Long, company director of Finance. "Our weekly service provides fast transit times and connects with direct routes serving Asia and Europe, resulting in additional container volume both today and tomorrow."

Working in partnership with the Halifax Port Authority, this additional trade route into the New England market further strengthens the Port of Halifax's position as a strategic entry and exit point for goods going to and from North America.

"This loan guarantee will ensure American Feeder Lines has the financing available to aggressively market their service which is an important trade link between Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and New England," said Paul MacIsaac, senior vice president of the Halifax Port Authority.

The Nova Scotia Jobs Fund pursues investment opportunities for communities in transition, industry sectors, regional support, small businesses programs, infrastructure and large industrial ventures.

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For more information, contact:

Jill Edwards
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
(902) 424-4891
edwardjx@gov.ns.ca

Floyd Long
American Feeder Lines International
(212) 269-8211 ext. 209
FLong@American-Feeder-Lines.com

Michele Peveril
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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Hapag-Lloyd renames container ship after the Port of Halifax

March 19, 2012 - HALIFAX, N.S. - Hapag-Lloyd has renamed one of its vessels after the Port of Halifax. Hapag-Lloyd, a leading global container shipping company, has been calling the Port of Halifax for over 40 years. This is the first time a container vessel has been named after the Port of Halifax.

“We are proud of our long history with the Port of Halifax and wanted to recognize this relationship by naming a vessel after the city,” said Holger Oetjen, Managing Director, Hapag-Lloyd (Canada) Inc. “The Halifax Express will sail to destinations in Asia as part of the PAX (Transpacific) Service and to Europe as part of the ATP Service.”

The Halifax Express is a Dallas Express Class vessel and has capacity for 4,890 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). The Halifax Express joins six other Dallas Express Class vessels including: the Dallas Express, Oakland Express, Rotterdam Express, Seoul Express, Singapore Express and Tokyo Express.

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to Hapag-Lloyd for naming this vessel after Halifax,” said Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “We value our long-standing relationships with Hapag-Lloyd and the name of this vessel is very symbolic to the importance they place on Halifax as a key port of call.”

A celebration was held onboard the ship today to commemorate the naming.

To see what route the Halifax Express takes, please visit www.halifaxgetsitthere.com and click on route maps.

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For more information, contact:

Rainer Horn
Director, Public Relations
Hapag-Lloyd
+49 40 3001-2529
rainer.horn@hlag.com

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Letter to the editor: In for the long term

March 9, 2012

We want to address questions about the Port of Halifax head on.

First, the Halifax port community is focused on growing our diverse port and no terminals are closing or relocating. We have a Strategic Plan in place to develop and, when required, expand our current facilities and we will continue to advance that plan in close cooperation with port and community partners.

For approximately seven years, we have been asked to comment about other proposed port developments in Nova Scotia. Our focus has remained on building the Port of Halifax. Over the past five years alone, the Halifax Port Authority has invested over $147 million on world class infrastructure. Our business is extremely diverse and very strong. This is why the Standard & Poors Rating Agency has given the Halifax Port Authority an “A” stable rating, the first commercial credit rating achieved by a Canadian Port. One component of our business, containerized cargo, is highly subject to the world economy which has been extremely volatile over the past few years.

It has been suggested that the Halterm-operated terminal should close and merge with Ceres, or move to Shearwater, or move to another part of the Province, to make room for residential and commercial development on the south end land. Cargo terminals in Halifax are on federal land and the HPA manages these port assets with private sector operators. Both terminals are a key part of the Port's long-term plan. Thanks to major private, Federal and HPA investments, both terminals are well-positioned "big ship" container terminals with capacity to triple volumes then expand to adjacent land as cargo grows.

The Halifax Port Authority, terminal operators and the rest of the port community have no interest in doing anything other than continuing the existing strategy of developing what we currently have. The Halifax Gateway Council, CN, labour unions, warehouse operators, trucking companies and many others in the supply chain have urged us to stick to our plan. We are focused on continued investment in our existing port facilities.

As required by the Canada Marine Act, the Board of Directors (including representatives of the Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments plus Port users) along with the Senior Management Team at the Halifax Port Authority have formed, and are executing a Strategic Plan. This work will continue.

We have invited all the declared mayoralty candidates to visit the port for briefings and tours. We will keep all of them apprised of our strategic plan going forward.

We’re in this for the long haul along with a committed port community.

Mark MacDonald, Chair, Board of Directors

and

Karen Oldfield, President and CEO

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Port of Halifax to showcase potential at International Boston Seafood Show

March 8, 2012 – Boston, MA – The Port of Halifax’s business development team will be at the International Boston Seafood Show from Sunday, March 11 until Tuesday, March 13 to promote the port’s seafood handling capabilities.

“Seafood is one of the top high-value container commodities both imported and exported at the Port of Halifax,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development at the Halifax Port Authority. “The International Boston Seafood Show offers a tremendous opportunity to join many of our key service providers in reaching out to the industry and showcasing how our port can move these high-value, time-sensitive, important regional products.”

This event is the largest seafood showcase in North America. This year’s show will feature about 900 exhibits of fresh, frozen and packaged seafood products as well as processing equipment and service providers. Last year’s event drew 18,000 attendees from 120 countries.

“Our experience at this show is that we can have discussions with a large number of our container carriers, land transport providers, third party logistics companies and beneficial cargo owners all under one roof,” said Bohan. “We look forward to these discussions with key industry representatives.”

While in Boston, a special event with New England businesses is planned in conjunction with American Feeder Lines and the New England ports involved in the shipments on that service. The American Feeder Lines service provides a vital link between New England and Halifax, allowing shippers to access world-wide markets through the Port of Halifax.

Seafood exports at the Port of Halifax exceeded 15,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2011 and accounted for 9.1 per cent of total containerized export tonnage. The Port is well-equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs to accommodate temperature-controlled cargo at its two container terminals – Fairview Cove and the South End Container Terminals.

The Port will be exhibiting at booth #1370 all three days.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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Cargo customers learn unique benefits of the Port of Halifax

February 29, 2012 – HALIFAX, N.S. – “Reliable. Efficient. Effective. Get it there with the Port of Halifax.” That’s the message the Port is spreading to existing and potential containerized cargo customers with a new, dedicated containerized cargo website.

HalifaxGetsItThere.com is the Port’s new containerized-cargo-focused website with features that are currently unrivalled in the shipping industry. Customers can use tools such as the Transit Time Calculator – an industry first – to enter the origin, destination and inland transportation mode of their goods to determine the total transit time for their imports via the Port of Halifax.

“As a leading ship line serving customers throughout North America, our clients need to understand that there is a point at which it simply makes more sense to ship all-water to the east coast from origins in Asia. HalifaxGetsItThere.com clearly demonstrates this value proposition,” says Tim Harrington, Vice President of Sales for NYK Container Line (Canada) Inc. “We encourage cargo owners and their agents to use the website so they can determine for themselves the most reliable and efficient routing for their cargo.”

Using the Route Maps and Transit Time Calculator tools on the site, visitors can gain a clearer understanding for why Halifax has become a key link in many shippers’ supply chains. For instance, while it may seem quicker to route all Asian cargo through the west coast of North America, port congestion, terminal and rail dwell, and inland rail or truck haul are all factors that eat away at any initial on-the-water time savings.

“We believe that HalifaxGetsItThere.com really cuts to the chase in terms of what the Port of Halifax can do for its customers,” says Halifax Port Authority President & CEO Karen Oldfield. “We’re reaching out to shippers with a message that resonates with them: we can save you time and money. HalifaxGetsItThere.com shows them how.”

This website, supported by a digital and print ad campaign, is one element of the Port's cargo strategy to connect with cargo owners, shipping lines and third-party logistics providers. With faster inland transit to Central Canada and the Midwest by rail or road than any other east coast port, the Port of Halifax is touting its efficiencies that make the total transit time a competitive offering for many cargo customers.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Halifax reaching out to PEI agricultural community at Potato Expo 2012

February 24, 2012 – CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Port of Halifax is participating in the International Potato Technology Expo in Charlottetown today and tomorrow to pitch its diverse cargo handling capabilities to Prince Edward Island’s agricultural community.

“Potato products are among the highest-volume export commodities shipped via the Port of Halifax,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development for the Halifax Port Authority. “This event provides the Port of Halifax with an opportunity to profile its cargo handling capabilities to a large portion of the industry in Prince Edward Island, including goods and services providers,” said Bohan.

Each year about 5,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of potato product are exported through the Port of Halifax. The Port is investing in infrastructure to serve this industry even better.

The International Potato Technology Expo will also include farm equipment dealers and soybean growers. Many potato farmers alternate their crops between potatoes and soybeans annually.

“Beyond our work to grow potato exports, we’re also making efforts to highlight the new technology implemented at the Halifax Grain Elevator that allows bulk products such as soybeans to be containerized. We handle more than 20,000 metric tonnes of soybeans annually, shipped either by container or bulk carrier. The Port of Halifax has two breakbulk terminals ready to support any project cargoes including the movement of farm equipment.”

The Expo runs from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Charlottetown Civic Centre. You can visit the Port of Halifax in the main exhibition building at booth 324B.

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For more information, contact:

Natalie Kenrick
Senior Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-3465
nkenrick@portofhalifax.ca

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Port of Halifax releases busy cruise season schedule for 2012

February 8, 2012 – HALIFAX, N.S. – The Port of Halifax today released its preliminary 2012 cruise season schedule with ships visiting from April through October. This season, Halifax will have six new ships calling for the first time and two turnarounds with cruise ships starting their voyage in Halifax.

The first two ships to call Halifax this year will be Titanic-themed cruises, visiting to commemorate one of the greatest maritime disasters in history. Marking 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, Azamara Journey will visit Halifax for the first time on April 12 as the first vessel of the season. On April 16, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Balmoral will make an overnight stay.

In total, 130 ships are scheduled to dock in Halifax in 2012. “Early projections indicate that this will be another strong cruise season for the Port of Halifax with a busy seven-month-long season starting in April,” said Cathy McGrail, Manager of Cruise Development at the Halifax Port Authority. “We’re expecting between 235,000 and 245,000 passengers this year, on par with our totals from 2011.”

On June 12, Disney Magic makes its inaugural call in Halifax – its first of nine stops of the season. “Disney Cruise Line chooses itineraries from destinations worldwide to provide their customers with new experiences and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen Halifax for the 2012 season,” said McGrail. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our region this season.”

Other vessels making their inaugural calls in 2012 include: Sun Princess (July 18), Norwegian Gem (Sept. 10), Quest for Adventure (Sept. 16) and Artania (Oct. 7).

Quest for Adventure, operated by Saga Cruises, will make two turnaround calls – one during its inaugural on Sept. 16 and another on Oct. 1. Halifax is predominantly a port of call destination, but these turnaround calls will have passengers begin their cruise from Halifax. “These turnaround cruises are a chance for Atlantic Canadians who have been looking to depart on a cruise ship from Halifax on a cruise to do just that,” said McGrail.

The season will wrap up on Oct. 30 when Seven Seas Navigator and Emerald Princess visit for the day.

The Halifax cruise industry contributes approximately $50 million annually in direct expenditures to the local economy.

Go to www.cruisehalifax.ca for the full 2012 schedule.

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For more information, contact:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Halifax Port Authority
(902) 426-1060
mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

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