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Operational Update 3 October

Today we would like to update you as follows

Good Afternoon,

Today we would like to update you as follows -


  • Alongside and working: Northern Diplomat KE839A
  • Arriving tomorrow: ANL Elanora 1825

Please continue to monitor Ports of Auckland website for changes in the vessel schedules.

VBS bookings are being managed by our Gate Ops team, working with the trucking companies to ensure the most effective road exchange operation.


As we are continuing to carefully manage VBS bookings to ensure we can get the balance of flows working optimally, we will start to progressively reinstate demurrage free time periods from this week onwards. Please refer to the below chart for your guidance (detailed information will also be available on our web-site):

Vessel departure dateLast Free DayLast Free time
01.09.18 - 24.09.1805.10.180600 06.10.2018
25.09.18 - 30.09.1808.10.180600 09.10.2018
01.10.18 - 07.10.18Demurrage free time extended by 2 days
08.10.18 - 14.10.18Demurrage free time extended by 1 day

Please note that there will be no extra free time for DG containers and we request that reefer containers are also prioritised.

From 15 October import demurrage will apply as per the Ports of Auckland Standard Terms and Conditions. Detailed information about the allowable free time and demurrage rates can be found on our web-site.


We are currently receiving Export containers for the following vessel:

  • ANL Elanora;
  • Spirit of Canterbury;
  • Spirit of Shanghai;
  • JPO Tucana; and
  • Seaspan Dalian.

Receival for the following vessel will commence tomorrow Thursday 4 October:

  • Kota Lihat

We are pleased to advise that rail services to and from the Port have been reinstated as of 0700 hours this morning. However, we request rail users refrain from sending Export Containers that are not for the above mentioned vessels. Containers that are booked to load later vessels will not be unloaded from the train and will be returned.

Due to the space restrictions in the yard we will manage receival of Empty export containers directly with the Shipping Lines. The On Dock Link facility remains open for de-hire of Empties with exception of containers operated by Maersk / Hamburg Sud. For further details and alternative arrangements please liaise directly with Maersk Line.

We wish to advise that tomorrow Thursday 4 October from 0645 hours to 0715 hours we will be undertaking 30 minutes IT systems maintenance. As the maintenance will be happening during the driver shift change we expect impact to be minimal, however trucks will not be serviced during this time.

We will update you again on Thursday afternoon.

For more information please contact:

Customer Service
P: +64 9 348 5100 Ext.1
Email us

For VBS queries, please contact:
Drivers Assist
P: +64 9 348 5100 Ext.2
[email protected]