Melford Atlantic Gateway Container Terminal and Logistics Park

Greenfield development of a private container terminal and logistics park within the Melford Industrial Reserve in Nova Scotia, Canada The terminal will be constructed to optimize the efficient loading/unloading of the largest container vessels with an emphasis on direct vessel-to-rail transfer. The Melford Atlantic Gateway will be the closest port to Europe and Asia (via Suez). The site is located on the Strait of Canso a naturally deep ice-free harbor home to multiple liquid and dry bulk marine terminals The terminal will be owned and operated by a private entity, not a port authority

Specifications and services

Location: Guysborough County, Nova Scotia in the vicinity of Port Hawkesbury

Size: Phased construction of an approximately 172-acre (69-hectare) Container Terminal and 250-acre (101-hectare) Logistics Park with the ability to expand in the future

Water Depth: 60 feet (18 meters)

Berths & Length: Three berths / 3,592 feet (1,095 meters)

Cranes: Up to nine post-panamax container handling gantry cranes (minimum of four at start up)

Rail Services: Canadian National Railway, Class 1 railway with Genesee & Wyoming, Short Line railroad capable of accommodating unit trains of up to approximately 12,000 feet (3,657 meters). On-dock intermodal rail yard with 18,000 feet of track (5,486 meters).

Highway Access: Terminal located on Route 344 with direct access to Trans-Canada Highway 104

Cargos / Commodities Handled:

  • Containers with ability to incorporate breakbulk cargo

Transit Shed: Logistics Park will include highway and rail access, site utilities and ample area for open storage yards, distribution centers, warehouses, cold storage facilities or other logistics complex facilities