Breakbulk Cargo

Key Breakbulk Ports of Canada's Atlantic Gateway 

Canada’s Atlantic Gateway is an efficient, reliable, and secure transportation network that connects North America to the rest of the world. With experience and expertise in a broad range of industries and the ability to customize solutions, the Atlantic Gateway provides a competitive and strategic option for handling a wide variety of breakbulk cargoes. Niche capabilities include project cargo, ro/ro, modular fabrication, and energy services.

Saint John, New Brunswick | 45°16’ North, 66°04’ West

The Port of Saint John has the largest breakbulk handling facility in Canada’s Atlantic region, specializing in a variety of breakbulk capabilities, including project and heavy-lift cargoes, advanced production and loading (APL), and fabrication. With a dedicated breakbulk terminal, large open areas, and warehouse space available to handle the most complex project cargoes, the port has business partnerships with local stevedores, terminal operators, equipment suppliers, and service providers to ensure a complete breakbulk / project cargo program. The port also provides specialized equipment and solutions for handling forest products.

The port’s terminals are close to major highway systems and are equipped with on-dock rail access with service from two lines: Canadian National (CN) and the New Brunswick Southern Railway. The port is well diversified with modern terminal infrastructure and equipment to handle all cargo types including containers, dry bulk, liquid bulk, and breakbulk.

Located on the south coast of New Brunswick, the Port of Saint John is the largest seaport in the province, handling an average of 27 million tonnes of cargo annually. Only 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the U.S. border, Saint John is close to major North American consumer markets and industrial centres. | | Contact: Andrew Dixon –

Halifax, Nova Scotia | 44°38’ North, 63°34’ West

The full-service Port of Halifax has one of the world’s largest and deepest natural harbours (18 metre approach channel). The port’s general cargo facilities are designed to service a wide variety of breakbulk cargo segments efficiently, including steel, rubber, totes, forest products, heavy lift/project cargoes and cargoes related to offshore supply. Loading options include ship, rail, truck and storage.

Ro/ro cargo has emerged as a unique specialty for the Port of Halifax. The Halifax Autoport Terminal is one of the largest vehicle processing and transloading facilities in North America and connects directly to CN’s transcontinental rail network.

The port’s facilities include 14 marine terminals with ample berth space and wharves that provide container, bulk, breakbulk, ro/ro cargo handling and more. Most facilities have on-dock rail service, with double-stack trains moving daily to Toronto, Montréal and Chicago. With 20 direct liner services connecting Halifax with the world, the port handles approximately 2,000 commercial trading vessels and 11 million tonnes of cargo annually. | Contact: Patrick Bohan –

Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador | 48°57’ North, 57°56’ West

The Port of Corner Brook has two major facilities: the Port Corporation’s multi-purpose facility and the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper newsprint mill’s dock. The port is equipped with a high capacity fixed pedestal crane and has a large, secure yard adjacent to the dock, ideal for storage or laydown space. The port also has waterfront land and facilities available for value added manufacturing and other future development.

Located on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, 40 kilometres (25 miles) inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it is a sheltered, deep-water port with a 90 metre approach channel that is accessible year-round. This full service port is ideally suited for freight moving to or from the St. Lawrence Seaway, eastern seaboard and Northern locations such as Greenland and the Arctic. It is well positioned as a deep-water location for refit/construction projects for rigs and offshore vessels.

Corner Brook handles approximately 2 million tonnes of cargo annually, which includes forest products, seafood, cement, vehicles, salt and general cargo. The port is capable of accommodating a variety of vessel types including container, breakbulk and bulk. | Contact: Jackie Chow –

Belledune, New Brunswick | 47°55’ North, 65°50’ West

The Port of Belledune has multi-type cargo facilities, including one of the most modern general cargo terminals in Atlantic Canada. The port has a new ro/ro terminal, a new barge terminal, 27 acres of storage directly adjacent to the terminals, and a new modular component fabrication facility. The modular component fabrication facility has a 19.8 metre clear height, is equipped with two 20 tonne overhead cranes, 20 welding stations and is located along a straight 1.6 kilometre (1 mile) route from the port terminals. This industrial site provides unlimited possibilities for fabrication, metal working, assembly, and storage.

Situated on the northeastern coast of New Brunswick (11.7 metre approach channel), the port facilities are located in a largely rural area with no congestion. Belledune has an artificial harbour equipped with a breakwater, four terminals and six berths. More than 2 million tonnes of bulk, breakbulk and special project cargo flow through the port every year. | Contact: Jenna Macdonald –

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador | 47°34’ North, 52°41’ West

The Port of St. John’s provides an advanced general/breakbulk cargo handling facility, a state-of-the-art offshore energy marine base, an extensive petroleum storage distribution network, and ship repair and maintenance facilities.

The port is one of the most adaptable, well-connected and versatile petroleum supply and service centres on the east coast of North America. The port has the adaptability to support the energy industry offering: marine base logistics, dedicated heavy lift dock space, vessel operations, cargo planning, heavy lift management, freight forwarding, specialized offshore trucking services, and crane and equipment maintenance.

The Port of St. John’s, on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, handles approximately 1.5 million tonnes of cargo annually, including breakbulk, container, liquid bulk, ro/ro and dry bulk. Shortsea shipping connects the port to key markets with two weekly sailings via Halifax, Nova Scotia, and two via Montréal, Quebec. | Contact: Bob McCarthy –


The breakbulk ports in Canada’s Atlantic Gateway are connected to the U.S. and Canadian inland markets by modern and uncongested transportation infrastructure including major highways, Class 1 rail, and shortsea shipping. 3PLs, freight forwarders, railways and trucking firms are well aware of the advantages Canada’s Atlantic Gateway offers allowing them to provide unique and competitive service options that are flexible and adaptable to customer needs.

As a key component of the Atlantic Gateway, Canadian National (CN), one of North America’s largest Class 1 railways, has a network of over 20,000 route miles of track spanning Canada and the United States. With reliable double-stack service, CN connects shippers to 43% of the North American population. Specialized rail equipment is available for bulk, breakbulk, heavy-lift and containerized cargo. CN has one of the best operating ratios in the industry and is the only railroad that crosses North America east-west and north-south, linking customers to the United States and Canada.

Canada's Atlantic Gateway