New chief executives have been announced for the ports of Napier, Bluff and Marlborough, with a new chairperson for Taranaki.
New Zealand’s Napier Port has ordered six further lift trucks from Konecranes to its terminal in the Hawke’s Bay region of the country’s North Island.
Road-based cargo flows to and from Napier Port are expected to be enhanced through a NZ$25m government investment in local roading improvements.
A strategic alliance has been made between the Ports of Auckland Limited and Napier Port to provide operational, economic, sustainability and community benefits.
The New Zealand government has announced NZ$25m (US$17.6m) worth of road access improvements to Napier port as one of the first actions of Matariki, the Hawke’s Bay Economic Development Strategy.
COMMENT: Should local politicians be made accountable for the decisions made by their regional ports? It is an interesting question which is currently being debated in New Zealand, where all ports have either majority or 100% regional council ownership, often through a holding company, writes Dave MacIntyre.
New Zealand Shipping Federation executive director Annabel Young has slammed a Napier Port expansion proposal as an exemplary of wasting rate-payers money that will only further over-capitalisation of the local port sector.
A proposal to increase Napier Port’s draught at low sea level from 12.8 metres to 14.5 metres, construct a new wharf and extend its harbour shipping channel was this month released for public consultation.
A review of the Port of Napier’s management structure has been initiated following the sudden passing of its chief financial officer John Matheson and related resignation of chief operating officer Chris Bain.
Ports of Auckland, Napier Port and Icepak are working together to develop a new inland port and intermodal freight hub, which they say will strengthen the supply chain and encourage growth.
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