Saint John, NB only Canadian port with growth in 2023 TEU throughput

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Port Saint John’s CEO, Craig Bell Estabrooks, reports container growth in 2023, making it the only Canadian port to record cargo growth, with over 153,000 TEUs handled. This follows the completion of a $205 million Westside container terminal modernization project, enhancing capacity to 325,000 TEUs. The port anticipates further growth in 2024, targeting between 150,000-200,000 TEUs. A $42M project is also underway to fill in historic slipways near the terminal, expected to significantly increase capacity. Despite MSC’s equity stake in Halifax’s terminals, Bell Estabrooks is confident in MSC’s continued service at Saint John, highlighting the port’s strategic advantages, including connections with three rail lines, compared to Halifax’s single rail provider. Saint John’s model focuses on niche services and faster transit times to markets like Toronto and the U.S. Midwest, differentiating it from Halifax, which handles larger ships.

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