One of the world's biggest and deepest natural harbors, the Port of Halifax's outer harbor is over a mile wide and almost five miles long. The inner harbor, Bedford Basin, is 60 feet deep at low tide. The Halifax Port Authority is responsible for developing, marketing, and managing the Port of Halifax's assets.
In 2007, the Port of Halifax handled over 12 million tons of cargo, including 7.6 million tons of bulk cargo, 153 thousand tons of breakbulk cargo, 245 thousand tons of roll-on/roll-off cargo, and over 4 million tons of containerized cargo.
The Port of Halifax offers state-of-the-art facilities for shipping and cruise lines. Its Autoport is one of the largest vehicle shipment facilities in North America, handling almost 100 thousand vehicles a year. The CN Terminal provides on-dock rail service where double-stack trains operate daily. The CN Terminal can handle 150 TEUs a day. Located near CN Terminal's rail yards, the Fairview Container Terminal offers a 70-acre terminal with storage capacity for 12 thousand TEUs.
Pier 24 in the Port of Halifax provides open space for handling products like steel, project cargo, and heavy-lift operations. Shippers can load directly from rail to ship. Pier 23 offers 53 thousand square feet of multi-purpose storage space.
The Ocean Terminals in the Port of Halifax have deep-water berths, a combination of covered and open storage space, and access to both road and rail, and it handles diverse cargoes like forest products, rubber, and steel. In 1998, Ocean Terminals was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Site and became the first port on the North American East Coast to receive a post-Panamax container vessel.
A multi-use facility, Port of Halifax's Richmond Terminals specializes in breakbulk operations with direct on- and off-loading to ship, rail, and storage. It offers over 85 thousand square feet of open space and 60 thousand square feet of shed space. The South End Container Terminal offers some of the deepest berths in all of North America.