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CN is handling all containers that arrived earlier this month at the Port of Halifax on the CMA CGM Brazil, the largest containerized cargo vessel to call at a Canadian port.
The ship, which measures 1,200 feet in length with a capacity of 15,072 20-foot equivalent units of cargo, berthed at the port's South End Container Terminal on Sept. 9. CN is the exclusive rail service provider to the port.
The ship's inaugural call comes after the Port of Halifax received its new ship-to-shore super-post-Panamax crane in July. The largest in eastern Canada, the crane is able to lift cargo more than 167 feet from the ground and has an outreach of 216 feet that can span across 24 containers.
Additionally, a project to complete a deep-water extension is nearing completion so that the port can accommodate two ultra-class ships at a time.
Similarly, CN has invested CA$85 million in capital investments to expand and strengthen its rail infrastructure in Nova Scotia.
"Big ships and big trains. CN continues to invest in bolstering capacity on our eastern network, translating our successes from western ports as we welcome increased traffic and larger ships at our eastern gateways," said Dan Bresolin, CN's vice president of consumer product supply chain, in a press release.
The CMA CGM Brazil has made inaugural calls this month at ports along the U.S. East Coast, as well as at the Port of Halifax.