Hapag-Lloyd’s “Glasgow Express” at West Side container terminal (Gary MacDonald photo)

A third container line has started regular service to our port. Hapag-Lloyd’s “Glasgow Express” arrived late last night. The arrival of Hapag-Lloyd – which is CP Rail’s largest customer – comes after CP service returned to Saint John last year. The two companies had a successful test run of calls last August and announced the new service in early December.

CP Rail says Saint John gives it a 200 mile advantage over its competition into Montreal – Toronto – and Chicago. When announcing the new service CP President and C-E-O – Keith Creel said “we are only just starting to unlock the potential that exists at the Port of Saint John.”

The container terminal is operated by DP World. M-S-C and CMA-CGM container lines also make regular calls to the port. Despite the global pandemic – container tonnage through the terminal grew by 19% last year compared to 2019.

Work continues on $205,000,000 container terminal expansion and modernization project (Gary MacDonald photo)

The terminal is undergoing a $205,000,000 expansion and modernization to be able to handle more and larger ships. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023.