The Port of Halifax is one of the largest, naturally deep, ice-free harbours in the world. The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) was established in 1999 under the Canada Marine Act and is committed to ensuring port operations consider the needs of the community, local habitat, and short-term and long-term well-being. We meet the needs of today's shipping, cargo, and cruise operations, while planning for the needs of tomorrow, focusing on the three key pillars of community, economics, and environment.
Ports have a unique role, not only for their own decarbonization but more broadly assisting municipalities and provinces with the energy transition. Ports like Halifax, located in provinces or countries where there is a viable supply of renewable energy, are well-positioned to explore the potential for exporting excess energy through transmission mediums like hydrogen derivatives. The HPA is actively engaged with industry and government to enable this energy transition and cement its appropriate role in that market. The HPA is a member of the Global Ports Hydrogen Coalition, the Atlantic Hydrogen Alliance, and recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hamburg Port Authority to decarbonize the shipping corridor between Halifax and Hamburg. It is important to us to be able to bring what is happening globally with regional efforts and initiatives. The HPA is working to determine the port's role in the energy transition including bunkering services and the supply of marine-related shipping fuels, and the storage and export of hydrogen-based shipping fuels.