Ports of Auckland has today released its Draft 30-year Master Plan which
outlines a range of projects needed for the port to keep delivering for Aucklanders
until the port is moved.
The draft plan can be viewed on a website also launched today at www.masterplan.poal.co.nz.
Chief Executive Tony Gibson said “Our owner, Auckland Council, is
undertaking a project to find a new port location. But shifting a port takes
time. Finding the best location, getting consent, securing funding and
undertaking construction will take decades. In the meantime, we need to ensure
that we can continue to deliver freight for our import and export customers,
and to Aucklanders.
“We have listened to what our stakeholders and Aucklanders want and need
from the port, and our operations in relation to the Waitematā Harbour. In
response, we’ve developed a Draft 30-year Master Plan that we think balances
Auckland’s economic, social and environmental needs. Our plan provides transparency
and certainty about what we need to do to continue delivering for Aucklanders.
It creates space for freight and gives Auckland Council the time it needs to
make a sound decision on where, when and how to move the port.”
Auckland’s population is growing and Ports of Auckland needs to adapt to
“Our Master Plan outlines all the projects that we will need to
undertake until such time as the port is relocated. It includes the automation
of the container terminal, completion of a deep-water terminal berth and
installation of three new cranes. This work, along with other projects outlined
in the plan, will provide us with additional capacity in our container terminal
to serve a population of up to 5 million – three times the number of people
living in Auckland today.”
“We are facing significant capacity issues on our general cargo wharves.
We have a plan to develop a five-storey car handling building which will
provide more capacity, hide cars from view and free up space on Captain Cook
Wharf. On top of this building we will create a new waterfront park and next to
it on Quay Street, we have earmarked space for a new hotel, or other such
building for public use.
“We also have a plan to increase berth space. We are proposing to build
a new wharf running east-west along the north end of Bledisloe Terminal, in
line with the recommendations of Auckland Council’s Port Future Study. It will
be a piled structure in line with our commitment to no further reclamation, but
it will reach an extra 13 metres north into the harbour. However this 13 metres
is essential to the success of the other wharf projects.
We will also remove all of Marsden Wharf and part of a wharf known as
‘B1’. This will bring three redundant wharves back into use and create nearly a
kilometre of new general cargo berth space.
In total we are proposing to remove more wharf than we build, removing
1.275 hectares of old wharf and adding 1.25 hectares of old wharf.
“We want Aucklanders to be proud of their port, and
for the projects outlined in our plan to create a legacy. We’ve tried to
develop a plan that fairly reflects the feedback we've received and also balances
sometimes divergent wants and needs. We’ve had to make some compromises, but we
are confident the proposed plan will ensure we can continue to serve Auckland’s
“We will start applying for
consents for some of the more urgent projects. As we do so, we will engage with
the community and provide regular updates.”
“As a first step in this
process, I would like to invite all Aucklanders to learn more about our Draft Master
Plan by visiting www.masterplan.poal.co.nz and provide feedback. We will continue to engage
with all our stakeholders as we start to move forward with these projects.”