23 April 2014
As you may be aware, the after-effects of Cyclone Ita are still being felt around the country.
As per our post on Thursday, Ports of Auckland were closed all morning on the 17th, due to high winds. Carriers are currently under immense pressure to get containers delivered in this short week, before ANZAC day rolls around on Friday.
Statutory Holidays such as Good Friday and Easter Monday are demurrage-free days for general cargo at the port, however Dangerous Goods containers still incur demurrage on these days.
Unfortunately, the cyclone also caused slips and washouts on the main railway lines throughout the South Island.
Most of the line has been cleared, however the line between Christchurch and Picton is still not ready to re-open. It is expected that the line will be up and running again this afternoon.
Freight that was dispatched to the South Island last week that was caught in this ordeal is expected to be delivered from Thursday.