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February 28, 2012

In 2009, Nova Scotia ports handled 44.2 million metric tonnes of international and domestic cargos (10.8% of total Canadian international and domestic tonnage). Two-thirds of all cargoes were handled by Port Hawkesbury; 23% by the Port of Halifax; and 6% by the Port of Sydney. The remaining 4.3% was spread among Mulgrave, Hantsport, Pugwash, Little Narrows, Sheet Harbour, Liverpool and other smaller ports.


In Port Hawkesbury 2010, total tonnage (preliminary) declined 10.5% to 26.3 million metric tonnes over 2009. Crude petroleum tonnage handled by the port declined 12.1%. Details on activity in the other Nova Scotia ports will be available later this year.

In Canada 2010, total tonnage (preliminary) increased 9.8% over 2009 to 450.0 million metric tonnes. Total tonnage is still 3.0% below pre-recession levels. Domestic cargo increased 7.6% to 116.5 million tonnes and international cargo (74% of total cargo) increased 10.5% to 333.6 million tonnes.

Statistics Canada Quotes

"The majority of the upswing in international container traffic in 2010 was concentrated in the country�s four primary container ports: Port Metro Vancouver, Montr�al (including Contrecoeur), Halifax and Prince Rupert."

"Port Hawkesbury in Nova Scotia experienced the largest decline in tonnage. It handled 26.3 million tonnes of cargo, down 10.5% from 2009. This decrease was largely the result of a 12.1% decline in the tonnage of crude petroleum."

Statistics Canada Cat. No. 54-205-XIE; Survey 2751 and 2791