Napier Port 6 Wharf

Napier Port has announced its new 6 Wharf will be operational in July. This brief video illustrates what to expect.

Once fully operational, Napier Port’s 6 Wharf will provide increased shipping capacity and the ability to handle larger vessels and berth a greater number of vessels, as well as improving the availability and operational performance across all of the Port’s wharves. 

The wharf is capable of berthing container vessels 320 metres long and a beam (width) of 50m and 360-metre Oasis-class liners – the world’s largest cruise ships. Alongside Napier Port’s three tugs, it will also allow berthing for larger container ships 24-hours per day.

Final works are underway, with ‘wet commissioning’ (berthing the first ships) and container exchange trials planned for June.

Port chief executive Todd Dawson says: “We’re excited to welcome our first vessels to our new wharf later this year. 6 Wharf will future-proof Napier Port – allowing us to support the needs of our customers, our community and our region today and the growth we see coming into the future.”

This massive construction and dredging project has been done alongside an ongoing sustainability programme at the Port undertaken with mana whenua, fishing groups and other marine users. That includes:

  • Establishment of the Napier Port kororā (little blue penguin) sanctuary to protect this at-risk species found on port, including the microchipping of over 185 kororā. The sanctuary was developed with the help of kororā expert of 30 years’ Professor John Cockrem from Massey University and in consultation with mana whenua as kaitiaki of the area, the Department of Conservation and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
  • Development and launch of the Marine Cultural Health Programme (MCHP) – a partnership between mana whenua hapū and Napier Port to monitor the health of the marine environment in and around the Ahuriri area. It is the first marine cultural health programme of its kind in New Zealand.

  • Creation of two new artificial reefs, using limestone from a dismantled revetment seawall, which has helped to enhance the existing habitat and health of the region’s marine life and provide for local recreational fishing. This project was a unique collaboration with LegaSea – a group of recreational fishers dedicated to rebuilding Hawke’s Bay fish stock.

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