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ISS Halifax provides full service vessel agency attendance and ship husbandry services, attending and managing all vessel types; specializing in Tankers, but including Bulk, General Cargo, Cruise and Military.



Halifax is located centrally on the East Coast of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada.

General overview:

  • Halifax is North America’s eastern-most full-service port, offering some of the deepest, ice-free waters on the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Closer to Europe than any other east coast port of call.
  • Excellent intermodal rail, truck, water, and air connections.
  • Halifax is able to handle post-Panamax container vessels, with water depths at berth of approximately 45-50 feet.


The ability to offer full service cargo operations for a wide variety of cargos has helped make Halifax a major port of call. In 2007, 12.2 million metric tonnes of cargo passed through the Port, ranging from gypsum to petroleum products to cars.

Halifax has grown into the marquee cruise port in Atlantic Canada, with the number of cruise passengers doubling over the past five years. Cruise is the fastest growing business for the port and continues to offer opportunity for expansion. Close to 220,000 passengers visited Halifax in 2008.


Navy & Coast Guard:
Halifax is home to the East Coast base of the Canadian Navy, with 17 active naval vessels and over 9,000 Canadian Forces members, 400 Reservists and 2,250 civilian employees. The Canadian Coast Guard base, on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour, provides ice-breaking, surveying, patrol and research services to the marine industry.

Marine Services:
Halifax Shipyards’ engineers and craftsmen are experienced in new construction, ship repair, conversion and refits on a wide range of commercial and naval vessels. With an 18-hectare facility including two floating dry-docks capable of lifting ships to a maximum of 36,000 tonne displacement.


Please contact the local office for additional information on dock restrictions.



Tugs can be arranged through Svitzer Canada Ltd or Atlantic Towing Limited.


Tidal range and flow:

The Port of Halifax has minimal tidal range, with water levels fluctuating from Chart Datum to a maximum of 1.8 meters above Chart Datum at high water.

Water density: 1.025 (Salt Water)


General services available at Halifax:

  • Repairs – Workshops
  • Security
  • Bunkers/water/stores
  • Medical facilities
  • Transport: Nearest airport: Stanfield, Halifax International Airport (YHZ), 25 km from city centre.
    Nearest railway: CN Rail, which serves all of Port of Halifax – Passenger trains are available by VIA Rail, which departs/arrives Downtown Halifax.
  • Crew change: Crew changes can be made and repatriation arranged at port.
  • Consuls: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United States.
  • Banks: BMO, Bank of Nova Scotia, TD Bank, Bank of Hong Kong, CIBC, Royal Bank and any major bank through subsidiaries.
  • Garbage: Available dockside and via barge where applicable.


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