|Queen Mary Confirms Big Ship Capability at CentrePort|
|Wednesday, 13 March 2013 11:21|
Cunard’s 345 metre Queen Mary 2 cruise liner will be making her second visit to Wellington today. The call reinforces CentrePort’s ability to handle very large vessels.
CentrePort’s Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said “with its deep natural harbour and its expansive Aotea Quay wharf, Wellington is one of the few ports in New Zealand able to handle vessels of this size.”
Queen Mary 2 is the largest vessel both in terms of length and gross tonnage to visit the port. She has 1266 crew on board and 2499 passengers.
The call at Wellington is part of a world voyage which started in Southampton on 26 April 2012. On this leg Queen Mary 2 is enroute from Sydney and will follow Celebrity Solstice into port this morning, berthing at 0800 hours. Together the two vessels will occupy 800 metres of berth space, which is easily accommodated.
CentrePort’s new tug boat Tapuhi, due to arrive in Wellington in April, will further enhance CentrePort’s big ship capability. Alongside the modern Tiaki these two tugs will assist in “future proofing” the company, and ensure the region can continue to welcome record numbers of increasingly large cargo and cruise vessels.