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The Strait of Canso has the finest, deep-water, ice-free and dredge-free harbor on the East Coast of North America with superior wharf facilities. It is strategically located on established international and coastal shipping lanes. In fact, its location on the Great Circle Atlantic Shipping Route is well situated to serve Eastern North America and the Great Lakes, as well as Trans-Atlantic destinations.
Located at 45.575841, -61.341648, the main harbor of the Strait of Canso is capable of accommodating ultra-large carriers of the 500,000 dwt (dead weight) tonne class. The Strait Superport is 12 miles long (20 km); up to 1 mile wide (1.5km) with a limiting depth of 92 feet (27 meters). The needs for shippers, vessel operators, cargo importers and exporters can be met by common user and private terminal facilities along the Strait of Canso.
Cargo lifted at the Strait Superport in 2001 was 21.35 million M/T (metric tonnes) making it the largest cargo port in Nova Scotia, and second only to Vancouver on a national scale.
• World-class, deep water, ice-free, dredge-free, sheltered harbor on the north east coast of North America
• Gateway to the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway
• Primary Response Organization 10,000 tonnes
• Length: 12 miles (20 km)
• Width: 1 mile (1.5 km)
• Limiting Depth: 92 feet (27 meters)
• Average Depth mid-channel: 210 feet (64 meters)
• Tides: Mean range of 1.4 m with the maximum tidal amplitude on approximately 2 m
• Currents: Normal: 0.5 knots, estimated extremes 1.5 knots
• Sable Island – 117 nautical miles
• An existing Heavy Industrial Park (see features)
• An abundance of industrial zoned, undeveloped land and property available for purchase
• Capable of accommodating the world’s largest, fully laden Ultra Large Carriers of 500,000 dwt.
• Home to the Nautical Institute, Nova Scotia Community College
• Acadia Drywall Manufacturers
• Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill
• Nova Scotia Power
• NuStar Petroleum Storage