What's happening this month at Auckland’s Port  JUNE 2016

Developing our 
Container Terminal
Over time we've evolved our port to better serve New Zealand's growth while taking up less space. We've been using less land than before but handling more cargo. Historically, Princes Wharf, Queens Wharf, the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard Quarter were all operational port land but now they are open for public use and enjoyment. As we face the arrival of bigger freight and cruise ships, we need to continue to change our shape to maximise our efficiency.

The Fergusson Container Terminal expansion project is one of these works that will help us improve efficiency. The project began in 2001 after receiving resource consent in 1998 and is almost completed. Work includes the expansion of the existing terminal north and east and the build of a new wharf across the north face, helping accommodate big ships.

When completed in 2019 or 2020, our Fergusson Container Terminal will be able to handle container growth and give us greater flexibility.

Read more about this project, and other underway or recently completed works, on our website.
Matt Knight, Operational Performance Coach, at the Fergusson Container Terminal
Matt - Operational Performance Coach

Q: How long have you been working at the port?
A: I began working at the port in March 2007 as a part time stevedore and I became an OPC (Operational Performance Coach) in April 2009. I'd previously worked at the Port of Hull in the UK for 10 years where I was also based in their training department.

Q: What does work as an Operational Performance Coach entail?
A: I'm mostly responsible for the training and continued coaching of straddle carrier operators but my role is quite diverse as I'm also involved in health and safety and various operational projects.

Q: What's a straddle carrier and what are they like to drive?
A: Straddle carriers are cool! They are the tall yellow machines that carry the containers around the port. A straddle weighs 72 tonnes and can carry a further 60 tonnes, travelling at a top speed of 25kmph. The driver sits 13 meters high in the air, so you need a good head for heights, but the view from the office window is second to none!

Q: Do you have a favourite memory to date from working at the port?

A: I was lucky enough to be asked to choreograph and manage a 'straddle dance' as part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony which was broadcast live worldwide. It was quite nerve wrecking but also a great chance to showcase the port and it's expert operators. Day to day, I love the diversity of the people who work here.

Q: If you weren't working at the port as an OPC, how else would you fill your time?
A: I would be playing in central midfield and helping Hull City win promotion to the English Premier League!
News in Brief

Auckland's Port on Maori TV
Pio Terei spoke to some of our people for an episode of Māori Television's Te Araroa: Tales from the Trails. Watch episode three on demand here to hear about Tāmaki Makaurau’s rich maritime history.

A Record Cruise Season for Auckland
The current cruise season has broken records, and it's not over yet. We've welcomed over 300,000 people to Auckland - a season first and there are still more visits before the season ends."

Lights off for ANZAC Day
As a mark of remembrance, the port switched off over 1,000 lights on ANZAC Day during the dawn service. 2016 marked the 16th year the port switched off to remember.

ArtBox leaves for Rio
The ArtBox that was painted by Askew One and Trust Me at SeePort 2014 is headed for Rio. The container has been filled with gear for the NZ Paralympics team and left Auckland recently on container ship Jens Maersk. Good luck to our Kiwi Paralympians!  

Golfing for a Cure
Recently we raised over $50,000 at our annual Ports of Auckland Charity Golf Day at The Grange Golf Club in Papatoetoe. The funds have been donated to Cure Kids whose researchers work to find cures for serious health conditions affecting Kiwi children.
Tour the Port by Sea

Our next public Port Boat Tours are in July:
Tuesday, 12 July at 11.00am
Tuesday, 19 July at 11.00am

Tickets for public port boat tours are just $5 per adult and free for children under the age of 16. Bookings are essential. Please call 360 Discovery on +64 9 307 8005 to book. 

School tours are run in conjunction with the NZ Maritime Museum and are free of charge.

Encourage your child's school to get involved! More details here.
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