Massive container ship is expected to set new record when it visits Halifax on Thursday

A massive container ship arriving in Halifax on Thursday will break a record for the biggest ship yet to visit the port.

If stood on its end, the 349-metre Zim Antwerp is more than three times the height of Fenwick Tower in the city, which is Atlantic Canada's tallest building.

It is the first vessel over 10-thousand-62 TEU, the container-ship measuring stick that uses 20-foot equivalent units.

Halifax Port Authority spokesman Lane Farguson says larger vessels have started arriving as both the port's infrastructure improves and changes to international shipping lanes beckon bigger vessels along the northeastern seaboard.

The city has traditionally accepted vessels in the four-thousand to six-thousand TEU range.