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Record-breaking year for the Port of Halifax

New numbers show a record-breaking number of cargo and cruise ships graced the harbour last year
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A container ship at Halifax' South End Container Terminal (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

2017 was a banner year for the Port of Halifax.

New numbers show a record-breaking number of cargo and cruise ships graced the harbour last year.

Communications advisor Lane Farguson says 2017's numbers shattered previous records.

"It's up 16 per cent from the year previous," said Farguson. "It's actually the highest volume of containerized cargo that we've seen in a single year."

He says it took a lot of coordination from the port to make these numbers happen.

"Number one, making sure people are aware of the assets that we have here in Halifax and that is a naturally deep harbour and ice free conditions, and the infrastructure in place to accommodate these big vessels."

It's also been a record-breaking year for cruise ships.

The port had a 173 vessel calls, up 27 per cent from last year, and they've carried over 290,000 guests.




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