Larger container ships on NZ port agenda

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- 4 Jun 2009 ( #413 ) - Auckland, New Zealand
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Ports of Auckland has gained resource consent for berth deepening at Fergusson container terminal.
Ports of Auckland has gained resource consent for berth deepening at Fergusson container terminal.
Ports of Auckland has gained resource consent for berth deepening and associated wharf works at its Fergusson container terminal.

Managing director Jens Madsen says the works will cement the port's ability to cater for the next generation of container ships, carrying 5,000 to 7,000 TEU.

Ports of Auckland has already dredged its shipping channel in preparation for the larger ships, and three of its existing container cranes, the largest in the country, are capable of servicing the vessels.

The port is equipped with eight container cranes, three more than any other port in New Zealand.

"The three newest cranes have a 50 metre outreach which, taking into account the additional fendering required for larger vessels, gives us the ability to service ships 18 containers wide," says Madsen.

The berth deepening and wharf works will take between 24 and 30 months to complete.
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