A $35-million infrastructure project is underway at the Port of Halifax’s south end container terminal.

The purpose of the project is to allow the terminal to simultaneously berth and service two full-sized post-Panamax vessels.

It involves deepening the berth from 14.5 metres to a depth of 16 metres, as well as extending the berth so it can take in containerized cargo.

“The Port of Halifax can today handle the largest ships afloat and this investment will ensure we can compete for all size vessels for a gateway of trade,” Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, said in a release.

Money for the project is being shared by the authority and the federal government.