Canadian Shipper


New on-line weather and wave forecasting tool aims to enhances safety at Port of Halifax

 Halifax, N.S.–The official launch of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy website took place Monday  in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Nova Scotia Regional Minister and MP for Central Nova, on behalf of the Government of Canada, along with the Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Nova Scotia Minister of the Public Service Commission, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson, announced the launch of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy website which aims to help keep mariners safe while increasing productivity, reducing costs, and moving goods through the Port of Halifax more effectively.

This new website provides real-time data from the inshore weather buoy that was originally deployed in the waters off Herring Cove, Nova Scotia on November 7, 2013. The data includes high resolution weather and wave forecasting for the Halifax Port Authority and will be used for education and scientific research.

Its purpose is to provide real-time weather and directional wave information online for shipping operations and recreational boaters. With accurate data, shipping companies will have additional information to safely navigate their vessels through the waterways leading into the Port of Halifax.

Transport Canada will contribute $171,000 of the total cost of $366,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) Intelligent Transportation Systems,  while the Province of Nova Scotia provided $150,000 in start-up funding.

Annual operating and maintenance costs will be funded for a period of 10 years by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and the Halifax Port Authority.

“Our government is proud to support this smart technology that will improve safety, reduce costs, and increase the efficiency of the Port of Halifax – a crucial link in the Atlantic Gateway. This initiative is the latest in a long list of Atlantic Gateway improvements we have made since 2006, putting Atlantic Canada in an excellent position to capitalize on our government’s new trade agreement with Europe,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and MP for Central Nova.

“The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy will provide invaluable forecasting data and, therefore, will enhance safety from an overall perspective, while improving the efficiency of commercial activities at the port,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority