Everybody Wins: Why Growing the Port of Halifax Matters to Moncton (and Saint John, Amherst, Bangor . . ) shows that the Halifax cluster consists of direct and support services for transportation providers, along with port-led industry, warehousing and distribution in the Halfiax area. It also reveals that there is less participation locally in such industries than one would expect from a container port. However, a more balanced picture emerges when the catchment area is expanded to include the broader Atlantica region.
For seaports, clusters are generally considered groups of businesses and organizations whose economic performance and sustainability is linked to their common area of expertise. As authors Stephen Kymlicka and Peter de Langen point out, another characteristic of clusters is that common goals are key to growth:
provides an in-depth case study on the Port of Halifax as a regional “cluster” within Atlantica. Kymlicka and de Langen analyze the structure of the Halifax cluster and examine associated port-led industry to draw several conclusions. Notably; the cluster is strong enough to attract investment from world-class firms, such large investments usually trigger increased traffic, investment in warehousing and distribution could result from improved corridor access, and transload facility expansion will make more containers available to local exporters thereby strengthening the regional role of the port.
concludes that the future looks promising for regional port-led industry through further development of Halifax.
is the second paper in the AIMS Atlantica Ports Series. Atlantica is a region broadly composed of the Atlantic provinces, south shore Quebec, the northern tier of New England and upstate New York. These territories have a number of characteristics in common – similar demographics, diversity, and migration; a shared history; and interrelated transport issues. The Atlantica Ports Series takes a comprehensive look at the existing flows, industries, and services that surround Atlantica and asks: What opportunities exist for Atlantica ports to increase volumes?
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To read, Unfinished Business, the first paper in this series, click here.