“Out of the Box” Terminal Opens in Halifax

June 2, 2014

Richmond Terminals at Pier 9 is the perfect footprint for accommodating over-sized cargo destined for heavy industrial and specialty construction projects,”

Non-containerized, superload cargo will be Richmond Terminals’ specialty. “We’re going after out-of-the-box cargo in a big way,” says Patrick Bohan, director of supply chain solutions at the Port of Halifax.


In addition to project and heavy lift cargo – the terminal is ideal for steel, forest products and other key commodities. This cargo is often classed as “breakbulk” because moving it in containers can prove impossible or uneconomical.

At this terminal, a ship can quickly conduct its loading and unloading, while our partners can continue to add value in the terminal by transloading and handling for tailor-made site delivery.

“Alternatively, materials may arrive by rail and be shipped out, trucked or barged to a project site. It’s really a multi-modal, multi-purpose facility where you can accomplish anything you can imagine.”

Located in the heart of the port, the entire facility is rail-served by CN. Richmond Terminals’ uncongested highway access via dedicated service road, also expedites the loading and unloading of breakbulk and project cargo. Combine this with Halifax’s strategic location – closer to Europe and Southeast Asia than any port in North America – and cargo can be delivered faster and more reliably.

Richmond-Success-Image2With $122-billion of planned megaproject spending in shipbuilding, mining, hydroelectric, and oil and gas industries happening in Atlantic Canada, the completion of this breakbulk and project cargo terminal is timely. Richmond Terminals offers customers individualized attention, flexibility, and expertise to handle gigantic modules, fabrications, and over-dimensional cargo required for these megaprojects.

“The Port of Halifax is at the intersection of these major project opportunities – well connected to the four Atlantic Provinces by rail, road and by shipping routes – making Halifax a reliable gateway to do business,” says Mr. Bohan.

From handling challenging projects involving the likes of windmill components and oversize construction cranes, the supply chain partners atthe Halifax Gateway have proved their ability. Leading firms like Logistec, Empire Stevedoring, CN and Mills Heavy Hauling handle challenging projects nearly everyday in the Port of Halifax. In the first half of 2014, these companies worked flat out, handling about 200,000 tonnes of non-containerized cargoes, and that's before the opening of Richmond Terminals.

Over $65 million of capital investment has gone into Richmond Terminals at Pier 9. For the Port of Halifax, it’s the largest single investment in a generation.