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Ports of Auckland Quarterly Newsletter December 2019

What's happening at Auckland’s port QUARTERLY UPDATE DECEMBER 2019

What's happening at Auckland's port  QUARTERLY UPDATE DECEMBER 2019

Fergusson Terminal
Automation Project  

Our automation project is progressing well. Our full fleet of 27 automated straddle carriers (A-Strads) are now all here. Originally 25 came from Germany while two remained so the manufacturers, Konecranes, could carry out testing during our nights. Testing is well underway and being carried out for 12 hours a day. Our staff are now actively involved in training within the new environment. The truck lanes are fitted out ready and truck driver training will be starting shortly.  

A few interesting facts:

  • We're building our own local version of GPS (or Local Positioning System) - called Locata. It will be accurate to within 3cm so we will know exactly where every straddle is at all times.
  • A-Strads can drive along container rows accurately and at full speed – fewer roadways are required, increasing stack capacity
  • Just like getting a wheel alignment on your car, the sensors on the A-Strads will be regularly calibrated to ensure the system is as accurate as possible.
  • When the Automation project is fully implemented, the terminal capacity will be increased by a third

There is more information, some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and videos on our website here

WATCH: Ports of Auckland's SeePort Festival

SeePort Festival 
25-27 January 2020 


Ports of Auckland's SeePort Festival is a three-day celebration of Auckland City's beautiful waterfront and rich maritime heritage. The family-friendly festival is one of New Zealand's largest free events, returning in 2020 for its seventh year of seaside fun.

We invite you behind the red fence over Auckland Anniversary weekend to check out the port from land, sky or sea as Captain Cook Wharf is transformed into a bustling summer festival. Carnival rides, boat sailings, helicopter rides, delicious food, virtual-reality experiences, simulators, port tours, music and entertainment on and off the water – little and big kids will be spoilt for choice!

The largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, SeePort is  unlike any other; lap up the opportunity to watch dancing tugboats, explore robotic machinery and uncover the inner-workings of some magnificent vessels including the HMNZS WELLINGTON and the William C Daldy (one of the oldest operating steam tugs of it's kind in the world!).

With so much happening on the water, don't forget to look up – helicopters will take to the skies overhead in impressive demonstrations and displays.

As the sun sets on day two, the stage plays host to the renowned Auckland Symphony Orchestra who will also be joined by White Chapel Jak. Stick around until the end for a spectacular fireworks finale!

Sun and sea are the perfect mix for a long weekend, and best of all it's mostly free! Check out to see what's on.

Waikato Freight Hub


Just over eight months ago, we started operations at the first on-site facility with containers moving by rail between Ports of Auckland's Waitematā sea port and our Temporary Rail Terminal located in Hamilton. A few months ago, we connected and opened Horotiu Bridge Road (running over the main north island rail-trunk line) to the Waikato Freight Hub (WFH).

The next development is a 2ha hardstand for a full-service container depot allowing import and export containers to be de-hired and hired at WFH. Completion expected Q2, 2020. An interim WFH container depot solution is taking shape and details will be announced soon. In the meantime, please contact your shipping line for details on this option.  

We are also on track, with an on-site rail siding with direct connection to the main rail-trunk line; scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The Waikato Freight Hub is a key part of Ports of Auckland's rail-connected North Island freight hub network which links Kiwi businesses with New Zealand and global markets. Our freight hub network will help lower freight costs, reduce carbon emissions, and offer a wider range of shipping services to North Island exporters and importers.

If you are looking for options to purchase land & build metres away from WFH or lease a custom-built warehouse within WFH and utilise the Ports of Auckland's efficient freight hub network, please contact Suhail Sequeira on +64 27 202 5353 or [email protected]

It's not a carpark
Our car handling building

Part of our 30 year plan to handle more volume, more efficiently on the same footprint includes a car handling building which will effectively enable cars to be "stacked". This building is under construction, due to be completed by August 2020. We have been liaising with the wider community on the final look of this building. 

South Auckland Freight Hub

The seasonal peak pressure has meant we have been operating at or above capacity for the last month. However we are very happy to report that our new container handling equipment is performing extremely well, enabling swift processing of containers through the facility, reduced congestion and truck turnaround times averaging 17 minutes.  

Rail services are performing well, moving a large number of containers to and from Ports of Auckland efficiently, mitigating demurrage and detention costs whilst reducing carbon emissions and removing truck trips from Auckland's already congested motorway system. The success of our rail program has resulted in a 10% increase in capacity by March 2020 to accommodate future growth.

A revised layout and traffic management plan for better access and flow through the site is planned for early 2020, along with additional reefer plugs to cater for increased demand.  We also plan to implement a VBS system to ensure operations are optimised, allowing us to efficiently handle future volume growth.

Health and Safety is our top priority and we are proud to report that the South Auckland Freight Hub has had zero LTI's this year. This is a fantastic achievement and credit to our SAFH team who ensure the safety of all staff, contractors and visitors to the site.

If you would like to know how we can use Wiri to help your business, contact: Ben Fausett, National Business Development Manager, on [email protected] or 021 488 076.

Supply Chain Challenges

The import peak season has been challenging over the past month with terminal capacity exceeding 95% on a Sunday into Monday, with around 80% of volumes exchanged through the terminal from Friday to Monday. It is vitally important at these peak times that cargo owners and trucking companies can make use of night and weekend hours of operation to help ease the daytime traffic. Empty depots, whilst close to capacity are still managing to maintain the flow of receivals and deliveries. 

For our latest truck service stats click here.

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