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Port Development

Here is a summary of the work we have underway or recently completed

​​Fergusson Container Terminal

Consent for the expansion of Fergusson Terminal was obtained in 1998 and the project is nearing completion.​

The main wharf was extended in 2015 and a new third wharf was completed in 2017. Reclamation of an additional 10 hectares was started in the early 2000s and is nearly complete, with around one hectare of reclamation still to be done.

The next project for the terminal is channel and berth deepening, which will allow larger, deeper draft ships to call. Ports of Auckland recieved consent for this work in August 2020, but this consent has been appealed. If the appeals are unsuccessful, then work could start in 2022.


Ports of Auckland will be the first port in New Zealand to automate its container terminal. Work is ongoing and due to be completed in the first half of 2022.

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  more space is needed. As we made a committment to end reclamation, we can't build more land to handle cars, so we built a five-storey car handling facility instead. The building was completed in the second half of 2020.​