Fergusson Container Terminal Extension
Consent for the expansion of Fergusson Terminal was obtained in 1998. There are three elements to this project:
- Reclamation: Reclamation was needed to create more room for handling containers. In 1998 when consent for a 10 hectare reclamation was granted, the port handled 499,000 TEU through two container terminals. It now handles double that with only one terminal. Work on this part of the project has been underway since the early 2000s and there is around one hectare of reclamation remaining until the work is complete.
- Fergusson main wharf extension: This 50-metre extension of the main Fergusson Terminal Wharf was completed in October 2015.
- Fergusson North Wharf: This new 307m wharf was completed in 2017, and gives the container terminal a much-needed third berth. It is a deep-water berth capable of taking the bigger ships expected to call in Auckland in the next few years.
Ports of Auckland will be the first port in New Zealand to automate its container terminal. You can read more about that work here.
Car Handling Building
Ports of Auckland handles up to 300,000 cars and over a million tonnes of heavy vehicles and project cargo a year through Bledisloe Terminal, Captain Cook and Marsden wharves. Other general cargo wharves are also used at times when volumes are high.
This trade is important for Auckland. Most of the vehicles that come through Auckland are for the Auckland region, with a small portion being transhipped by road and sea to other parts of New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
However, because of Auckland's growth there has been a massive increase in freight volumes across all of these wharves, and we're running out of room. We've made a committment to end reclamation, so we can't build more land to handle cars. Aucklanders don't like seeing cars parked on our central-city wharves. They want to know that we’re making the best use of our existing land.
So we're going up, and building a five-storey car handling facility. That will create more capacity without reclamation.
Work has started and is due to be finished in the second half of 2020.