Port of the month

Transhipments boost Tauranga Port trade

Bigger ships and transhipments have boosted trade at the large kiwi port of Tauranga, management says.

Port of Tauranga has just published its trade figures and finances for the three months to September 30, with trade volume growth of 15% reported on the previous corresponding period.

According to management, overall container numbers grew 26%, due to a significant rise in transhipment (containers transferred from one ship to another at Tauranga) in the three months to September 30.

Log volumes jumped 13% compared with the same period last year.

Port of Tauranga chairman, David Pilkington, said the first quarter results were further proof Tauranga had cemented its role as New Zealand’s “hub port”.

“The trend to larger ships, and those ships making Tauranga their only Australasian call, has led to a significant increase in transhipment,” Mr Pilkington said.

“Transhipment of cargo from other New Zealand ports to Tauranga has quadrupled in the past year.”

Port of Tauranga chief executive, Mark Cairns, said the Port had ample headroom to handle increasing volumes.

Of its 190 hectares of land, the Port has about 40 hectares available for cargo growth.

“This will allow us to handle around three million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) without any further reclamation,” Mr Cairns said.