Winter Plan Commitment

Class 1 Dangerous Goods Notification and Pre-Approval Policy

In respect to the guidelines surrounding the movement of Class 1 Dangerous Goods through marine facilities, The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) requires advanced notification and preapproval for all movements of Class 1 Dangerous Goods applicable to import, export or in-transit (retained on board) bookings.

Notification shall be received by HPA prior to Class 1 Dangerous Goods being loaded onto a vessel calling Halifax.

Advance notification must be submitted in the form of a document that accurately provides information specific to the following categories:

  1. The assigned Division Number and Compatibility Group Letter for the Class 1 Dangerous Goods. If there is more than one classification of Class 1 Dangerous Goods in the consignment the Division Number and Compatibility Group Letter for each item must be indicated separately.
  2. The total Net Explosive Quantity (NEQ) of the Class 1 Dangerous Goods expressed in kilograms/container must be indicated. If there is more than one classification of Class 1 Dangerous Goods in the consignment the total NEQ expressed in kilograms for each different Division Number and Compatibility Group Letter must be indicated separately.
  3. The Vessel name and Estimated Time of Arrival
  4. The Voyage number
  5. The cargo status must clearly indicate Import, Export or In-Transit (retained on board)
  6. The Port of Loading and the Port of Discharge
  7. Container number

Class 1.3 and 1.4 Dangerous Goods

Effective September 01, 2016 the Port of Halifax will accept bookings for Class 1.3 and 1.4 Dangerous Goods for import, export, and transit. This policy shall only apply to, “the activities of loading or unloading of the quantities, not for storage,” as per the new Transport Canada assessment.  The following tables identify the Maximum Net Explosive Quantities for the activities of loading or unloading, not for storage. Customers are to contact the terminal operators to arrange the handling of Class 1.3 and 1.4 Dangerous Goods, prior to contacting the HPA for approval of the NEQ. In transit values in excess of the loading and unloading NEQ identified below will be evaluated case by case until further notice.

Fairview Cove Container Terminal

Fairview Cove  Berth West

Class 1.4 Dangerous Goods

Maximum NEQ 20,000 kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 54m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Fairview Cove Berth West

Class 1.3 Dangerous Goods

 

Maximum NEQ 20,000kg
–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 175m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Fairview Cove Berth East

Class 1.4 Dangerous goods

Maximum NEQ 20, 000kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 54m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Fairview Cove Berth East

Class 1.3 Dangerous goods

Maximum NEQ 20,000kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 175m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

 South End Container Terminal

Berth 36

Class 1.4 Dangerous Goods

Maximum NEQ 20,000 kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 54m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Berth 36

Class 1.3 Dangerous Goods

 

Maximum NEQ  20,000 kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 175m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Berth 41

Class 1.4 Dangerous Goods

Maximum NEQ 20, 000kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 54m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Berth 41

Class 1.3 Dangerous Goods

Maximum NEQ 20,000kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 175m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Berth 42

Class 1.4 Dangerous Goods

Maximum NEQ 20,000kg
Restriction:

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 54m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

Berth 42

Class 1.3 Dangerous Goods

Maximum NEQ 20,000kg
Restriction

–          No public and no workers not involved with explosives within 175m radius on land and/or water

–          No other simultaneous operations/processes are to occur that are not directly linked to the specific Class 1 Dangerous Goods operation.

–          When loading/unloading PE3 (Class 1.3) explosives, the walk path located at a distance of 156m is to be closed

Class 1.1 and 1.2 Dangerous Goods

A moratorium is still in place for Class 1.1 and 1.2 Dangerous Goods until further notice  HPA will only be accepting Class 1.1 and 1.2 as transit only (retained onboard). These limits will be evaluated case by case.

Mixed Class 1 Dangerous Goods

Where Class 1 Dangerous Goods of different divisions, i.e. 1.1/1.5, 1.2 and/or 1.3 are being handled together, the aggregate quantity is considered as belonging to the division with the lowest number. In this regard, division 1.5 will be considered and treated as division 1.1 when Class 1.1 Dangerous Goods are part of the aggregate. Whenever bulk and/or packaged Ammonium Nitrate (AN) is stowed on board along with Class 1 Dangerous Goods, one half of the weight of the AN must be considered as Class 1 Dangerous Goods in the new calculation. In this regard, 20 tonnes NEQ of Class 1 Dangerous Goods carried on a vessel along with 200 tonnes of AN, the total NEQ of Class 1 Dangerous Goods on board will be considered as 120  tonnes.

The HPA is responsible for approval of the NEQ of Class 1 Dangerous Goods through the Port of Halifax. Safe operation and handling is the responsibility of the terminal operator who receives and delivers of all Dangerous Goods.

Requests for approvals are to be sent to:

jmartin@portofhalifax.ca and adickson@portofhalifax.ca

For additional information please contact:

Mark Adcock, P.Eng.
Director, Marine Operations
Halifax Port Authority
markadcock@portofhalifax.ca
Office (902) 426-5311
Cell (902) 229-1208