Articles by: Rick Grant

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Port of Halifax berth extension, 23 October 2020. HPA CEO Allan Gray is front row, center. (HPA photo)

Berth Announcement at Port of Halifax

October 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Editor’s Note: Rick Grant, who keeps an eye on all things port, attended a rare Open House at the Port of Halifax on Friday and offered to report on what he saw for the Spectator. I accepted, although Halifax is usually beyond the scope of my reporting, because Grant andRead More

MV Confederation departing Caribou NS for Wood Islands, PEI, 26 June 2020. (Photo by Rick Grant)

Paying the Ferryman

July 8, 2020 at 11:53 am

Many Nova Scotians grumble about the huge subsidies the provincial government pays to keep the Yarmouth Ferry running (or not running, as the case may be), but the combined bill for that service and two others in the province  might leave those same Nova Scotians gobsmacked — over the pastRead More

Could New Halifax Crane End Sydney’s Port Dream?

Could New Halifax Crane End Sydney’s Port Dream?

July 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

Last week, PSA Halifax (formerly Halterm) took delivery of a piece of equipment that may signal the end of the Port of Sydney’s container terminal dream. The Singapore-based port operator — one of the largest in the world — received a Super Post Panamax (SPPX) crane ordered 18 months ago,Read More

A Tale of Two Railways

A Tale of Two Railways

October 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm

This is a tale of two railways: neither has trains rolling over it and both are being eyed to serve container terminals that don’t exist. Nova Scotians pump thousands of dollars — up to $60,000 — a month into the Cape Breton section of Genesee and Wyoming’s (G&W) Cape BretonRead More

Solving Halifax’s Port-Related Truck Problem?

Solving Halifax’s Port-Related Truck Problem?

June 26, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Editor’s Note: Given that the mayor of our municipality has spent much of his time in office — and thousands of public dollars — promoting a Port of Sydney container terminal, the Spectator feels all Nova Scotia port news is of interest to its readers. So when Halifax-based reporter RickRead More

Mayor, Council to Meet Barbusci at Holiday Inn Today

Mayor, Council to Meet Barbusci at Holiday Inn Today

March 14, 2018 at 9:40 am

Mayor Cecil Clarke and the CBRM council will meet port promoter Albert Barbusci on Wednesday afternoon in what was supposed to have been a secret session between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM at the Holiday Inn. Barbusci, of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP), flew into Sydney Monday night, according toRead More

CBNS railway, Sydney. (Photo via Scotia Rail Development Society

Waiting for the Train

January 31, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Editor’s Note: The following article was produced with the Halifax Examiner, via our Joint Investigative Fund.   Upgrading the Sydney to Truro rail line to make it capable of handling double-stacked containers won’t come cheap, according to a study just completed for the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, but the fixRead...