About The Project

About the project

Napier Port is proposing to build a new wharf that is 350 metres long and approximately 34 metres wide, supported by piles in the seafloor.

The wharf would run parallel to the existing container terminal, where there is currently a rock retaining wall. It would be able to take a ship up to 360 metres long due to dolphins (separate mooring bollards) at the western end.

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.

Our regional tourism industry is jumping ahead in leaps and bounds, and Hawke’s Bay is becoming a popular cruise destination. A total of 57 cruise ships visited Hawke’s Bay in the 2018-2019 season, bringing in an estimated $23 million into the region. But each year, we turn up to six cruise ships away due to lack of space. That’s more than $2 million in tourism dollars sailing past Hawke’s Bay. The next generation of cruise ships are expected to be 360 metres long (12 metres longer than the current largest ships), and we need to ensure we can accommodate ships of this size in the future.

Justification Report

Justification Report

When would it be built?

When we started planning for a new wharf in 2017, we conservatively estimated that we’d need it operating between 2022 and 2027. We are now aiming to have the wharf completed by 2022.

The wharf, berth pocket (where the ship sits) and swing basin (where the ship turns) are expected to be built in stage 1, while dredging the shipping channel to accommodate larger ships will only happen as larger ships begin calling at Napier. It is expected that the dredging will be undertaken in stages over a number of years, as and when demand requires it.