After a challenging start to 2020, a surge of container traffic helped the year finish strong. As the world began the long road to economic recovery, our operations did too. In 2021, the Port of Halifax handled 595,751 TEUs of containerized cargo. This was an increase of 17.5% over the previous year, and a tremendous year for this part of our operations.
For the second year in a row, our cruise ship business was suspended. Despite that setback, we took the opportunity to make some changes to Halifax’s Seaport District. With the Seaport Farmers’ Market relocated to a nearby space, the former Halifax Seaport Market building was rebranded and reconfigured as “the PIER”, Canada’s first living lab for transportation, supply chain and logistics.
As we observed in last year’s Annual Report, this COVID-19 era is unlike any other in the history of the Port. The effects of the pandemic continue to be felt far and wide and are having an impact every aspect of our business. Resulting supply chain issues and other factors present significant challenges to HPA, but also give us the time to look inward at our operations to find previously unidentified opportunities for transformational change. Through it all, we remain committed to our long-term strategies for transformation and growth and are emerging with wind in our sails and confidence in our collective future.