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Port Planning: What's Next For Sydney Harbour?

Container Terminal - Discussion & Q&A

George Malec, VP Business Development & Operators, Port of Halifax

Posted by Robert Doublett

In the Group B Break-out session, Councillor Claire Detheridge, introduced us to George Malec, VP Business Development & Operators, Port of Halifax.

Mr Malec began by addressing the group to begin the interactive process of this session by outlining the following key points:

- Macro economics

- Market research and analysis and the market relating to container terminals

- Imports  / exports  and the 4th trade lane

- A multi-purpose container terminal

- South East Asia being a demographic for growth

- Bilateral Trade Agreement with India

- Arterial connections - road and rail

- Effects of expansion of Montreal port

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Bulk Commodities - Discussion & Q&A

Facilitator: Bruce Wood - Hamilton Port Authority

Posted by Robert Doublett

CBRM Councillor Jim MacLeod introduced guest speaker Bruce Wood, Hamilton Port Authority who started his break-out session by sharing his experiences running the port in Hamilton and what the expectations could be like should a bulk commodities terminal be put in place.

Session talking points:

- Problems with dust suppression and complaints from people who live near there?

- Is new business coming in simply the work of the port or was government involved in financing and job creation?

- Would the opportunity have come your way without the investment in the infrastructure. Where did all the funding come from?

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Cruise Opportunities - Discussion & Q&A

Facilitator: Bernadette MacNeil, Sydney Ports Corporation

Posted by Robert Doublett

CBRM Councillor MacDonald introduced guest speaker Bernadette MacNeil, Manager of Cruise and Marketing Development for Sydney Port Authority who started off the break-out session with a discussion on global statistics and where we are today.

Session talking points include:

- Why is Port of Sydney successful? (In between two key ports, Halifax and Quebec. Sydney has always exceeded expectations for Cruise Lines.)

- The Cruise Lines have deemed Sydney to be a very successful port. Holland America describes Sydney as sizzling. Holland America puts a lot of value and importance on the port of Sydney.

- It is expensive to anchor off of Sydney. Busing issue is also something that needs to be dealt with. (Infrastructure has to be improved. Cruise ships are selling more seats than bus seats are available.)

- Sydney has 275ft of dock frontage. Most ships are over 300ft. There is potential to go further to accommodate the larger berthing capacities.

- A port is considered successful if it's ISPS certified & Safety.

- Sydney is recognized for the deep water marine access, destination appeal and the best cruise pavilion on the eastern seaboard.

- Recommendations to improve the current port includes continued work with the stake holders. It is for growth and sustaining the current business.

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