CentrePort Thorndon Container Wharf reinstatement

10 March 2022

CentrePort story

A major milestone in CentrePort's regeneration has been reached with the Thorndon Container Wharf (TCW) reinstatement project complete and the extended berth now operational.

At 0700 on 10 March, the 262-metre operational length of TCW went live, with the Tianjin Bridge the first ship to benefit from the expanded operational length.

Representatives of the project team gathered at dawn for a blessing ceremony led by Kaumatua Peter Jackson representing the local Mana Whenua Taranaki Whanui.

The project has expanded the operational length of our ship-to-shore cranes from 125 metres to 262 metres.   This significantly improves productivity as the cranes can now work the entire length of the ship without having to move the vessel as previously required.

Major ground resilience works have been undertaken as well, enhancing this significant asset that benefits the central New Zealand economy.

The project is the culmination of several years of work following the Thorndon Container Wharf being badly damaged in the November 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake.   Emergency repairs completed in just 10 months restored 125 metres of berth in 2017.  Following the finalisation of insurance in late 2019, the reinstatement and resilience works commenced in 2020.

The successful completion of this major project would not have been possible without the great work of CentrePort’s people, and partners including Holmes, HEB Construction, Dixon & Dunlop, WSP and Downer.