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CentrePort - Container Services Update

CentrePort - Container Services Update - Thursday 4 January

Welcome to CentrePort’s Container Services first fortnightly update for 2018.

Based on the success of the Port tours prior to the re-commencement of the STS cranes, we are looking to reinstate the Port tours to provide all users’ visibility and information of the current status with-in the Port, information about how you can book these will be provided in the next fortnightly update.

CentrePort’s container services are back to both pre-Earthquake volumes and vessel productivity. We continue to increase CentreRail with the growing demand for the services.

Following the successful re-introduction of the STS crane operations in September 2017, we have and are continuously working to identify and improve the performance of CentrePort for all users. A number of measures, outlined below, have been put in place recently.
We Have:
• Begun implementing the recommendations from a specialist port consultant (Hamburg Port Consultants) assessment to optimise the current port operation. A key outcome from the assessment is to ensure that all the information relating to import containers (i.e. trucking company, inspection or fumigation requirements) has been provided to CentrePort through our Centric portal prior to the vessel arrival as we plan the container stacks according to this information.
• Discussed and agreed with the carriers a modified process to improve the truck turn times and increase the number of containers through the gate. We advise the carriers of the accessible containers from which they let us know what will be collected the following day.
• Continued transitioning import containers to the KiwiRail CT site to increase the number of containers available for collection each day.
• Increased the number of road pads on port allowing more trucks to be serviced.
• 2 new reach stackers operational with an additional new reach stacker scheduled to arrive in mid-January 2018.
We Are:
• Working towards ‘One Gate’ to include both the terminal and depot to simplify the operation.
• Working to normalise the depot and terminal hours.
• Assessing options for an online road booking system with ability to book into the future ensuring stacks are built accordingly.
• Working to assess and reconfigure our overall Port Access and truck pads to further increase the number of pads and have the trucks collecting containers right next to the stacks.
• Working to reinstate the second rail line through the port.

Continued Demolition Works

Statistics house demolition is underway and expected to be completed by March 2018.

Removal of Thorndon Container Wharf (TCW) 1 is underway. The wharf is removed in sections. The photographed ‘block’ of concrete is 15.2 tonne - which is considered small.

The old Pipitea wharf structure which was underneath Shed 37 (now removed) is currently being removed. The process of dismantling is fairly complex. It requires excavators with pulverisers (grinders) and shears to crush the concrete, and separate the steel from the rubble. The steel is then sent to a metal recyclers and the concrete is processed onsite with a mobile concrete crushing plant and reused on the Port.

We appreciate all of the support following the earthquake and the recommencement of the gantry cranes.

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