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Our Future

We’ve evolved our port to better serve New Zealand’s growth while taking up less space. We handle more cargo using less land and Princes Wharf, Queens Wharf, the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter have been opened up for public use and enjoyment.

​The challenge we continue to face is that freight and cruise ships keep getting bigger. The old ‘finger’ wharves (like Queens and Princes) aren’t long enough for the biggest ships and are too close together. Even the Bledisloe wharves are too short for modern ships. That’s why we need to lengthen some wharves and remove others entirely; we’re changing our shape to maximise our efficiency.

We have several works either underway or consented, including the Fergusson Container Terminal expansion project, which is almost completed.  The project began in 2001, after receiving resource consent in 1998 to extend the terminal north and east and build a new wharf across the north face to handle larger container ships. When completed in 2019 or 2020, the Fergusson Container Terminal will be able to handle near-term container growth and give us greater flexibility.

We support and are actively pa​rticipating in the Port Future Study Group.  The independent and representative committee of citizens and experts was established by Auckland Council to provide recommendations on the long-term future of the port, and in particular its location. The study is due to be completed by July 2016.

We are committed to the continued judicious use of the port’s land and responsible infrastructure development that will enable Aucklanders to live in a thriving, vibrant, liveable city while providing New Zealanders with access to better-value goods, the benefits of tourism and a world-class operation to be proud of.