The Port of Sydney in Nova Scotia, Canada, could become the first in North America with a terminal able to handle the new ultra-large container ships if a proposed development goes ahead.
Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP) and Ports America – the biggest terminal operator in North America – jointly announced on Monday that they are planning a dedicated, semi-automated deep-water container facility that could accommodate ships with capacity for more than 18,000 teus.
Ports America would, under the deal, manage and operate the terminal for 40 years.
The container terminal on Cape Breton Island would be named Novaporte and the construction time is estimated at two years.
Its location would make it a likely first stop for ships from Europe and from Asia via the Suez Canal.