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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Third Section The letHbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, June 20, 1973 Pages 88-10 Technology restores Halifax sea identity By TOM McDOUGALL HALIFAX (CP) A revo- lution in shipping technology is restoring Halifax to her for- mer role as a bustling Atlan- tic seaport. The revolution is the use of containers and it is making assets out of geographic fea- tures that only a few ago made it tough for Halifax to compete with Montreal and Toronto. To handle the big new con- tainer ships the 56-acre Hali- fax container terminal was opened in 1970 and its two gi- ant cranes, each capable of picking up 30 tons at a time, have become prominent fea- tures in the city's skyline. Since the container revolu- tion a proliferation of slick sounding names has cropped up to describe the ports oper- ations. A corporation named Hal- term operates the container terminal, while Autoport oper- ates a modern terminal that handles thousands of im- ported And theres Halicon. Headed by a tall, bearded former Ontarian named F. H. (Joe) Howard, Halicon is a Crown corporation that repre- sents the government share of ownership in Halterm. The other two-thirds are controlled by Clarke Traffic Services, one of the largest p r i V ately owned trans- portation companies in Can- ada, and by the publicly Canadian National Railways. Provides ideas Mr. Howard describes Hall- con as a "think tank, de- signed to come up with ideas above sell Halterm fa- cilities to shippers around the world. Whether due to the selling efforts or to Halifax's natural advantages, handling by con- tainer has been a great suc- cess here. In 1972 about con- tainer units were plucked off ships by Hal'tenm's two cranes, and Mr. Howard pre- dicts that the figure will rise to units this year. "Well get at least that he said in an inter- view, "and it's quite in line to expect more." Why has use of containers done more for Halifax than any other port Mr. Howard sees it mainly as a matter of geography. Nova Scotia juts so far out into the Atlantic that Halifax is closer to Europe than any other mainland port in North America. Until container shipping, this was a major liability be- cause of the high cost of un- loading goods here and ship- ping them by rail to Ontario and Quebec. It was cheaper to ship by boat all the way to the population centres them- and Montreal. Decline As a result, the Maritime ports of Saint John, N.B., and Halifax had been declining for years, and by the time con- tainer shipping came along they were used chiefly as win- ter ports to take over the traf- fic when the St. Lawrence Seaway was closed to many ships. But then the situation changed dramatically. Nova Scotia's location puts Halifax only 20 miles away from what shipping men call the "Great Circle Route" from Europe to New York. It makes a handy place to drop in. A container ship can easily divert to Halifax, unload part of its cargo and move on to New York, the worlds biggest container port. If the same ship were to travel lo Montreal it would lose five or six days of ex- pensive sailing time. "We're a satellite of New Mr. Howard said. "At the very most they unload half the ship here, but it is usually much less than that." The growth of Halifax as a container port will be largely at the expense of Montreal. Not a threat "I think Montreal is dying as a Mr. Howard said. "It can't take ships in the winter unless they are rein- forced for ice. And they can't take the St. Lawrence River at full speed. "Montreal gets container ships loaded entirely with Ca- nadian goods, but I don't see them getting any more." Mr. Howard, a 53-year-old Montreal native who was raised in Toronto, does not the St. Lawrence Sea- way as competition for the container trade. "The nuts and bolts of the St. Lawrence Seaway are iron ore, coal, grain, petroleum and he said. Likes tvorkijig outdoors Pat Hutton helps put eavestroughing on a house in Orillia, Ont. She worked in a Toronto office for a while but prefers working outdoors. Mrs. Hutton started work- ing for a roofing and eavestroughing firm in November os a joke because nobody thought she was really inter- ested in the job. These are bulk commodities and never will be carried by container ships. "The port of Toronto doesn't really offer serious competition, We're Toronto's just that the containers are shipped miles by rail. "Toronto does have a big container terminal, but it's not on the waterfront. It's on Highway 7." Mr. Howard predicts that the container boom will reach a levelling-off point when the port reaches about twice the volume it now handles. 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