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Feds contributing thousands toward upgrades at Port of Halifax

OTTAWA, Ont. — The federal government will be splitting the cost of a new technology development at the Port of Halifax. The Government of Canada and the Port of Halifax will each contribute $330,000 towards an integrated port logistics system and an air gap system. The total cost of the two Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is estimated at $660,000.

“A strong and efficient transportation sector is critical to Canada’s future economic growth. I am proud that our government has supported these two Intelligent Transportation Systems projects, which will improve the efficiency of the supply chain, reduce costs, and increase the satisfaction of customers moving goods through Atlantic ports,” said Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay. “Ultimately, these will increase safe, efficient and reliable traffic flows while reducing environmental impacts.”

“Advanced technologies make it possible to improve operational safety, security, efficiency and environmental responsibility without changing the existing infrastructure,” said Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. “We look forward to working with our stakeholders to identify technologies that can improve operations, reduce costs, and increase customer satisfaction. The integrated port logistics system will use a market-driven approach to prioritize solutions, define business requirements, and develop and market the technologies. We appreciate the federal government’s support of technology advancements that ensure we remain a highly competitive port.”

Port officials say that with larger ships accessing the port, there is a need to continuously monitor vessel clearances under each of the harbour bridges. The upgrading and enhancing of the bridge air gap system will enable the port to identify exactly the ship clearance, according to the port.

Officials say the upgrades will help prevent delays in accessing and leaving the port, reduce levels of emissions and fuel usage, and increase efficiency and safety for port users.

Under the ITS Strategic Plan for Canada, En Route to Intelligent Mobility, the Government of Canada has committed to advancing the development and deployment of innovative technologies across Canada. To date, about 200 technology projects have received funding under this plan, totalling more than $30 million.

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