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Cargo Handling

We’re well equipped with machinery and software, but it’s our people who really make the difference. Our teams are committed to delivering the best service to our customers and the importers and exporters who use our facilities.

​​Operating 24/7, our port is located in Auckland’s central business district. Nearly three-quarters of the port’s inbound cargo (by value) is for Auckland. We can deliver goods fast, be cost effective and minimise our carbon footprint because the port is close to the city.

We have reconfigured our port into two main terminals plus multi-cargo wharves. Our Bledisloe Multi-Purpose Terminal handles roll-on roll-off vessels and other freight. The Fergusson Container Terminal is a dedicated container handling facility. The terminal approach helps us use our land efficiently.

Fergusson Container Terminal

Fergusson Container Terminal has eight post-panamax ship-to-shore cranes on 900 metres of berth. All cranes are twin-lift capable.

It is also home to the largest and most sophisticated straddle carrier fleet in New Zealand, made up almost entirely of hybrid diesel-electric machines. All of the Auckland port's container cranes and straddle carriers are twin-lift capable, meaning they have the capacity to lift two 20-foot containers at a time. This provides Auckland with a distinct competitive advantage over other New Zealand ports and enables greater efficiencies in cargo handling. Our straddles are low-emission, low-noise, diesel-electric models. They can also provide back-up power generation to the port, ensuring that refrigerated cargo is always protected.

We are in the final phase of completing the Fergusson Container Terminal expansion. Comprising an additional 10 hectares of land and a third berth, the project began in 1998 and when complete in 2023 will enable Port of Auckland to accommodate larger ships and Auckland's growing freight needs for the foreseeable future.

Bledisloe Multi-Purpose Terminal

The Bledisloe Multi-Purpose Terminal is located to the west of the Fergusson Container Terminal, offering 14.5 hectares of operational space. Its longest berth (B3) at 260 metres is our primary roll-on roll-off berth but it is occasionally still used for container operations using ship's cranes. Bledisloe has two other berths: B1 for Golden Bay Cement and B2 for smaller general cargo and heavy lift vessels.


Our multi-cargo facilities operate using Captain Cook, Jellicoe and Freyberg Wharves. We handle a variety of breakbulk cargo, steel, timber, dry and liquid bulk, containers and vehicles. Many of the vessels calling at the multi-cargo wharves serve the Pacific Islands.

Port of Auckland manages berthage and wharf space, with cargo-handling services provided by third-party stevedoring companies. We lease cargo-handling equipment including, a fleet of eight cargo-handling units with fork hoists, a reach stacker and top-lift gantry trucks.