January 21 - Cargo volumes for the Port of Halifax declined overall by 6.2 percent in 2009 compared to the previous year, according to recently released figures.

Breakbulk cargo, including over-dimensional project cargoes such as windmills and locomotives, tumbled by a whopping 35.7 percent overall to 110,120 tonnes from 2008's 171,323 tonnes. Export traffic showed the steepest fall: from 23,843 to 13,351 tonnes, a fall of 44 percent. This trade makes up around two percent of the port's business. The Port of Halifax has multi-user facility terminals that are capable of handling special project cargo.