New Zealand apple and pear growers in Hawke's Bay have no choice but to send their exports through Napier Port. There are simply not enough trucks or drivers available to export the apples via any other port, and even if there were, the cost of doing so is prohibitive.
The November 2016 quakes put Wellington's container cranes out of action for 10 months. Now CentrePort is looking at investing to accept bigger container ships. But not everyone agrees, Thomas Coughlan reports for Newsroom.
Auckland's cargo chaos is affecting other ports around the country as they cope with their own congestion problems. Port of Auckland and freight companies have advised clients of delays and congestion.
On Friday 5 October, Ports of Auckland will take delivery of three giant new container cranes. The cranes, which stand 82.3 metres tall and weigh 2,100 tonnes, will arrive by ship, creating a dramatic sight as they enter the Waitematā Harbour from approximately 7am until 8am. The cranes can be viewed from anywhere on the harbour.
Ports of Auckland is hoping the chaos caused across the supply chain for importing vehicles earlier this year will not be repeated during the new season for brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBs), which starts on September 1.
Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns welcomes the government's review of the upper North Island logistic and freight systems but says there isn't enough demand to justify moving Ports of Auckland to Northport . . . .