Cargo Handling

A hub of land to sea cargo connections

Napier Port is perfectly positioned to manage the flow of cargo into and out of our region. With direct road and rail access to both our container and bulk cargo areas, our infrastructure makes it easier to make land to sea connections.

The Napier Port container terminal is one of the largest in New Zealand, and is a seamless one-stop shop for receiving and delivering containerised cargo. Our gates are open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday.

Napier Port’s container terminal facilities have been designed for the efficient handling of all cargo. Facilities include six mobile harbour cranes, over 1000 reefer points (electrical points available to power refrigerated containers while in transit on port), and a flexible fleet of heavy machines including full and empty container handlers. Napier Port utilises world-leading terminal operating system NAVIS N4, and operates a vehicle booking system that keeps truck traffic flowing.

A contract team from SSA New Zealand provides dedicated stevedoring services, including lashing and unlashing containers onboard the vessel. This enables our container terminal to provide a seamless process for shipping lines, simplifying the loading and unloading of containerised cargo.

If you’re a Napier Port customer, please visit our Customer Portal for more helpful tools and information about our container terminal.

On port and off-site empty container depot solutions

Napier Port operates a 10-hectare dedicated on-port depot with facilities for the management of empty containers, including wash, repair and pre-trip facilities. This depot is supported by offsite facilities in Thames Street, Pandora, which provide an additional 10 hectares in empty container storage.

Our empty container depots are open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and gates open and close in line with those of our container terminal. For more details, please see our Hours page.

Napier Port welcomes bulk cargoes including steel, timber, dry and liquid bulk.

Our fixed and rolling infrastructure has been designed to support the efficient storage and handling of bulk cargoes, including pipelines for fuel cargoes, log storage facilities, and a range of eight to 18 tonne forklifts for timber and steel product handling.

Preparing for the ‘Wall of Wood’ with the harvest of Central New Zealand forestry estates

Steep growth in log exports is set to continue for the next decade, with volumes expected to double to around 3 million tonnes by 2026. To handle this growth, Napier Port has dedicated and flexible log storage areas on port. We recently purchased bookends that allow logs to be stacked higher and are working closely with exporters to achieve a faster turnover of logs.

Napier Port’s onsite packing and devanning facility, Port Pack, is now one of the largest packing facilities in New Zealand, and continues to lead the way in integrated customer solutions.

Port Pack offers a central delivery point where bulk cargo is packed into containers before moving to Napier Port’s container terminal, and handles over 50,000 TEU per year.

The Port Pack transit storage facility provides over 8,000m2 of paved, covered area. This facility provides floodlit all-weather storage easily accessible via road and rail. Additional open storage is available for cargoes that are not weather-sensitive.

Our team of experienced staff are experts in load plans and packing to make the most of container space. And a fleet of 3 tonne to 16 tonne forklifts provide our team with the required grunt to pack efficiently.

Visit our dedicated Port Pack page for details on storage capacity, cargo deadlines, hours and more.

Providing freight connections across Central New Zealand

Strategically situated in Longburn, Palmerston North, with a direct rail link to Napier Port, Manawatu Inland Port is developing supply chain solutions for shippers in the Manawatu region.

A joint venture between Napier Port, Ports of Auckland and Icepak, the first stage of the project aims to develop the local freight network to support the Central New Zealand Agri-Business Strategy.

The inland port provides storage and depot services to Palmerston North and the wider Manawatu region, connecting businesses in the area with the international shipping services available at Napier Port, via the main trunk line from KiwiRail. In addition to the existing Icepak coldstore, facilities include a cross dock, container yard, and container wash facility.