Why do we need another wharf?
It’s vital that we future-proof our region’s ability to ship our products to the world. By planning now, we can put the right infrastructure in place to ensure Hawke’s Bay continues to prosper.
Building an additional wharf will secure our region’s growth by ensuring that we can accommodate the increase in cargo coming our way – and with it, the increase in the number of ships calling at Napier Port.
A dredging programme would also see the berth pocket (where the ship sits) dredged to 14.5 metres in depth, with the swing basin (where the ship turns) dredged initially to 12.5 metres, in line with the port’s current depth. In future stages, the swing basin and shipping channel would progressively be deepened from 12.5 metres to 14.5 metres as larger ships demanded it.
Currently, Napier Port can only moor one large container ship at a time and demand for larger ships is increasing year on year. Congestion is also increasing, with Napier Port having to move smaller vessels to get larger vessels in and out. With the size of ships growing, we need to be able to accommodate larger vessels and to be able to welcome more than one large ship at a time.