17 April 2014
Ports of Auckland celebrated a very busy month during March, handling a record 55,500 containers (79500 TEU’s - Twenty Foot Equivalent), smashing the previous record of 45,100 containers (62800 TEU).
Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson stated that it was only as a result of the port’s restructuring which started in 2011, and the subsequent efficiencies that had resulted, that these numbers could be achieved. He also commented that whilst the March figures were impressive, it was unusual (and encouraging) to be so busy at this time of the year, with the run up to Christmas traditionally seeing peak volumes.
According to Mr Gibson, it is anticipated that these increased volumes are set to become the norm, and the Port was busy making preparations to cope.
Included in these plans are:
Significant increase in paved areas on reclaimed land
Increased emphasis to utilising rail to Wiri Inland Port
Increased resources – a new tug, straddle carriers and container crane all on order.
News added by: Don Malcolm 17 April 2014