NEW ZEALAND: WELLINGTON PORT UPDATE

Wellington’s CentrePort continues to make good progress in resuming services following the earthquake on 14 November according to the port’s Chief Executive, Derek Nind. On Tuesday this week the port received its second car carrier since the earthquake, and the first log carrier was expected into the port yesterday. A limited container service has begun, and full containers are now being delivered to importers by rail. Progress is also being made on repairing CentrePort’s commercial buildings. Mr Nind said that CentrePort still faces significant challenges, especially as the port’s container cranes are currently non-operational and there is also liquefaction and substantial differentiated settlement across the container operations area. The other major New Zealand ports are all working normally, with increased freight between Auckland and Lyttleton to make sure the affected south island area around Christchurch is well-supplied in view of quake damage to road and rail infrastructure.

Members trading to the area are advised to check with local agents for current port status.

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