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
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
participating 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.