Fergusson Container Terminal Extension
Consent for the expansion of Fergusson Terminal was obtained in 1998. There are three elements to this project.
- Reclamation: This has been underway since the early 2000s. There are around two and a half hectares of reclamation remaining until the work is complete.
- Fergusson main wharf extension: This is a 50-metre extension northward of the main Fergusson Terminal Wharf. Work was completed in October 2015.
- Fergusson North Wharf: This new wharf will extend 296 metres east from the Fergusson Terminal Wharf, across the north face of the Fergusson reclamation. Construction started in October 2015 and is due to be completed in early 2017. When complete it will give the container terminal a much-needed third berth. It is a deep-water berth capable of taking the bigger ships expected in New Zealand waters in the next few years.
Holcim Cement Silo
Holcim (New Zealand) has completed its domed cement silo, which will be used to supply cement for the greater Auckland construction market and the upper North Island from February 2016 (about 75% of the cement will be used in Auckland). The facility will be fully operational in the second half of 2016.
The 28-metre dome-shaped silo was built by a pretty novel method. Once the foundation was complete, the equipment and materials needed to complete construction were placed on the concrete floor of the silo. Then a membrane similar to the skin of ‘the Cloud’ – was laid over the top, attached to the foundation and inflated. Once inflated an insulating layer was applied to the inside of the dome, followed by structural steel and ‘shotcrete’ (sprayed concrete).
Holcim is moving from the port of Onehunga because the entrance to the Manukau Harbour is too shallow for the larger ships it will use to import cement from 2016. While Holcim ships will no longer call at Onehunga from late 2016, Holcim will continue a bagging operation at the port. Once Holcim stops calling, there will no longer be any commercial freight shipping at Onehunga, only the fishing industry will remain. This creates potential for alternative uses of the port and we are negotiating to sell the port of Onehunga for development as a public space.
New Tug Berth
A new tug berth capable of taking four modern tugs is being built between Bledisloe and Jellicoe Wharves. This more central location offers greater efficiency and fuel savings for the tug operation. Construction started in December 2015 and is due for completion in November 2016.