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NOVAPORTE™ Deep-Water Mega-Terminal, Sydney, N.S. Canada

 

The future of Trans-Atlantic shipping has arrived and it will call NOVAPORTE home.

 

Quick Facts

  1. Only new build, shovel-ready ULCV-capable deep-water port on the East Coast of North America. Designed specifically to accommodate the largest container ships in the world, (18,000 plus TEUs).
  2. Strong support from Canadian municipal, provincial and federal government officials.
  3. Canadian and offshore investors prepared to fund construction of port facilities.
  4. NOVAPORTE™ will operate within an officially designated Canadian Foreign Trade Zone.
  5. 2000 acres for terminal development and its adjacent logistics park, which will be called NOVAZONE™ 
 
NOVAPORTE is a planned Canadian new build Mega-Terminal that is rapidly gaining support from industry leaders. The project will be the first deep-water port on the East Coast of North America to be designed specifically to accommodate the largest container ships in the world, (18,000 plus TEUs). The project is shovel-ready, with all permits in place. NOVAPORTE™ will operate within an officially designated Canadian Foreign Trade Zone designated NOVAZONE.
 
 
This project has secured strong support from Canadian municipal, provincial and federal government officials. Sufficient private equity sources have been identified in Canada and offshore that stand ready to invest in constructing port facilities at NOVAPORTE™. It is anticipated that the first phase of construction will begin following the completion of a comprehensive feasibility study currently being conducted by consortium member, China Communications Construction Company, (CCCC) and when contracts are in place with one or more major shipping lines. CCCC, among the largest port construction and design firms in the world, has also signed an agreement with port developers to "undertake the design and construction of Sydney's container terminal including all required infrastructure". Under the agreement, CCCC will also provide container cranes, gantries and other port-related equipment, including any required design and engineering.
In addition to CCCC, key members of the consortium include the leading U.S. construction and engineering firm Bechtel and Canadian real estate developer Canderel.
NOVAPORTE and the Port of Sydney are served by two marine services providers, McKeil Marine and Canadian Marine Engineering, (CME).
Cape Breton Regional Municipality, (CBRM), has set aside nearly 2000 acres for the terminal development and its adjacent logistics park, which will be called NOVAZONE™. 
 
 

Engineering, Design and Construction Partners

 

The Challenge

Insufficient investment in transportation infrastructure behind existing ports contributes to chronic congestion and lagging port productivity in North America.

At present no port on the East Coast of North America is able to accommodate the next generation of Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV’s 18,000+ TEUs), despite the fact that these large ships are vital to the industry.

The Solution

  • A ‘New Build’ Mega-Terminal on Canada’s Atlantic Coast with a sheltered ice-free harbour and ample port property for future expansion. NOVAPORTE™ has a harbour deep enough to accommodate ULCV’s.
  • Using automation and best in class operational processes to achieve safe, high production and quick vessel turnaround times; NOVAPORTE™ will be designed to be the most efficient, automated, lowest cost and greenest port facility in North America
  • First North American Port-of-Call on the Great Circle Route from Europe and the Suez Canal and close to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River with access to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. Two days sailing advantage over New York and at least a three-day advantage over Norfolk
  • Ready access to Trans-Canada Highway and double stack rail.
  • Funding is in place, maritime partners are on board, all permits and approvals are completed and negotiations well underway with shipping partners.
Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 31, 2016

MOU provides ‘labour stability’ during Sydney container terminal construction

Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 31, 2016 — The 15 local trades unions hoping for employment through the possible construction of a $1.2-billion deep-water container terminal in Sydney harbour agreed in principle to maintain labour peace during project construction...
Sydney, Nova Scotia, February 10, 2016

Announcing the new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE™ and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE™.

Sydney, Nova Scotia, February 10, 2016 — The Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) and the Port of Sydney are pleased to announce the exciting new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia, December 16, 2015

Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Harbor Port Development Partners announce sister city relationship with the port city of Dalian in China

Sydney, Nova Scotia, December 16, 2015 — The Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and the City of Dalian, Liaoning Province in the People’s Republic of China are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying the ground work for an official sister city relationship between the two regions and...
Sydney, Nova Scotia, November 19, 2015

Harbor Port Development Partners and Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway to work together on the port of Sydney development project

Sydney, Nova Scotia, November 19, 2015 — Cape Breton Regional Municipality has recently officially granted Harbor-Port Development Partners (HPDP) the exclusive right to market the port of Sydney for development, including building the financial and operating consortium to...

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Sydney port boss expects hub announcement in 2016

THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Many pieces of the puzzle are yet to fall into place, but the chief executive officer of the Port of Sydney believes announcements will be made this year about construction of a major, ultra-modern container terminal.
NOVAPORTE presented at Suez Canal conference

Project described as “transformative opportunity to connect China’s One Belt One Road transportation strategy directly to North American markets..."

Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher attended as a guest of conference organizers, describing the NOVAPORTE project as “transformative opportunity to connect China’s One Belt One Road transportation strategy directly to North American markets through a container port and transshipment hub at the Port of Sydney”.
Nova Scotia mega container port project gaining traction

American Journal of Transportation

After marking time for several years, an ambitious project to build a mega deep-sea container port at a greenfield site in Sydney on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia appears to be gaining traction though key pieces of the puzzle still need to fall into place. And it has a new name: Novaporte together with an adjacent logistics park called Novazone. Both are conceived to operate within a Foreign Trade Zone.
China Communications Construction Company tours Port of Sydney, study in the works

THE CHRONICLE HERALD

Sydney port officials are hoping to have a shipper, business plan and feasibility study for a Sydney container hub within...
Sydney’s Port has a Future

CAPE BRETON POST

Access to the sea has played a significant part in Cape Breton’s history. We have a storied history involving our prime maritime location. Beyond that history, however, Sydney’s port has a future and with it, a source of sustainable and significant economic growth for our...
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