Beginning Operations in 2025

Pre-development completed

Novaporte is the only major port development project in eastern Canada with all major long-lead permitting in place.

  • Environmental Assessment approval
  • Mi’kmaq – Nova Scotia – Canada Indigenous Consultation
  • Sydney Harbour channel dredged to 16.5 meters
  • Preliminary Container terminal and railyard designs
  • Port site geotechnical and engineering assessments
  • CBNS rail line upgrade engineering assessments
PROJECT STATUS PAGE - Pre-development

A three-phase development plan

With approvals in place for a total capacity of 3.2 million TEU, the construction and operations of Novaporte’s container terminal and logistics park are being developed over three phases. Phase 1 is scheduled to begin operations in 2025.

Phase 1 port terminal facilities:

Terminal - Phase 1
  • 1 million TEU Capacity
  • 460m quay wall
  • 164-acre terminal facility
  • 20-acre RoRo area
  • 33,500 feet on-dock rail track

Phases 2 and 3 port terminal expasion:

Terminal - Phase 2- 3
  • Additional 2.2 million TEU Capacity
  • Additional 1,148m of quay wall
  • Additional 100 acres for container terminal stacks
  • Additional 280-acre RoRo area
  • Additional siding along the CBNS railway
PROJECT STATUS PAGE - Hero Image

Launching Phase 1 with a concession agreement and minimum volume commitment

Novaporte is currently in negotiations with several of the world's largest shipping lines and their port operating subsidiaries to finalize a concession agreement with a minimum volume commitment in order to launch Phase 1 construction and operations. 

News Articles

CB & Central NS Railway work with SHIP on Port 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 construct a state of the art container terminal and logistic park able to accommodate the latest generation…

CBRM and SHIP Announce MOU with Dalian, China

December 16, 2015 News release – For immediate distribution Sydney, Nova Scotia — 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…

Announcing NOVAPORTE™ and its logistics park NOVAZONE™

February 10, 2016 – News release for immediate distribution Sydney’s Deep Water Port Development Project Named NOVAPORTE™ Sydney, Nova Scotia, February 10, 2016 — The Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) 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™.…

Egyptian ambassador hopeful about shipping partnership with Sydney port

By Peggy MacDonald, CBC News – June 1, 2016 — Egypt’s ambassador to Canada was in Cape Breton this week to promote business and education links between the island and his country. Full article.

MOU provides labour stability during Sydney container terminal construction

August 31, 2016 News release – For immediate distribution Sydney, Nova Scotia — 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. Project proponent still seeking out port operator, shippers and suppliers. The Cape…

Mayor and First Nations leaders support “transformative opportunity” at Port of Sydney

December 13, 2016 CBRM RELEASE – For immediate release Sydney, Nova Scotia — MONTREAL, QUEBEC – The head office of Montreal’s Canderel was the setting for a historic meeting with key partners in Port of Sydney’s Novaporte and Novazone project. Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) met with Membertou Chief Terry Paul, Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny,…

Work to Begin on Mi’kmaq Section of Novazone

Logistics park planning with private sector partners and municipality Sept. 13, 2017 – SYDNEY, NS – Design and site work for civic infrastructure is commencing for the first portion of the Novazone logistics park. Members of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, government and private sector partners gathered at the 250-acre site to turn the…

Former PM says proposed Sydney container terminal has ‘90 per cent’ chance of success

March 20, 2018. Cape Breton Post. Former prime minister Jean Chrétien was acting as chief cheerleader Tuesday for the development of a proposed container terminal in the port of Sydney. Speaking at the Think Export N.O.W. Conference in Membertou, Chrétien, who was hired as an international adviser with Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), which is…

SHIP Signs on New Partners

Membertou Signs on as Major Partner for Sydney Port Development SYDNEY, N.S – Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (“SHIP”) announces the expansion of its partnership consortium to include Membertou and Bridging Finance Inc. SHIP is working to develop Novaporte, a deep-water, multi-use port on 500 acres within the Port of Sydney. Novaporte is expected to have…

CBRM Extends Exclusive Development Agreement with SHIP

Cape Breton Regional Municipality council continued its support of the Novaporte project by voting to approve a three year extension of the Option and Development Agreement with SHIP. This vote of confidence is a recognition of the time, effort, and money that has been invested by SHIP and its indigenous partners in the development of…