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COVID-19 CentrePort Update

Updated: 25 March 2020

COVID-19: Storage Charges on Exports and Demurrage

We realise the current environment is very difficult for our container customers and we are doing we can to ease the stress that you are all under.

CentrePort will remain open as an essential service provider to essential trades and customers.

In consideration of COVID-19 Alert Level 4 shutdown from 26th March 2020 for four weeks , CentrePort wishes to advise to following charging relief.


Current Charging

Revised Charging


Import Demurrage

Charges apply after 7 days

No charges will be levied for containers on port between 26th March 2020 and 25th April 2020.

By far and away the largest risk and potential cost to importers in the region.  We have a strong desire to see imports continuing to move , however if they can’t we are not looking to make a tough situation any harder.  We will waive all demurrage of dry containers during this period. Charges incurred before the 26th March 2020 will be still levied.

Import Power and Monitoring

Charges apply

Charges apply

We are charged for the power from a third party so must recover.

Export Storage

Charges apply after 7 days

Charges will apply after 14 days

We believe exports of essential products will continue but want to provide some additional relief for our export customers.

Export Power and Monitoring

Charges apply

Charges apply

We are charged for the power from a third party so must recover.

All standard terms to revert from 26th April 2020 , regardless advised of an extension due to continued shut down / lock down.

If you have any questions or concerns - please reach out and make contact with me or any of my team.

We are here to help as much as we can.

We will review again if the shutdown is extended and update you all .

Stay safe.

Andrew Locke | General Manager Commercial


Updated: 23 March 2020

COVID-19: CentePort remains open as an essential service

The Government has announced effective immediately the country is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and will go into Alert Level 4 for one month from Wednesday 25th March.

CentrePort is classified as providing an essential service and will remain operational.

CentrePort aims to continue to maintain full operational levels.    All roles directly involved in shipping and supporting cargo operations will operate and those staff are permitted to continue to come to work.

Other roles at CentrePort will be operating remotely where practicable.

We have business continuity plans in place and will advise you if there are any changes to CentrePort service levels.

ALL CONTRACTORS:  COVID-19 (coronavirus) – working with CentrePort

[updated 19 March 2020]

Health and Safety Inductions

From Monday 23 March, there will be no face-to-face inductions conducted for the time being.  Inductions will be conducted online.  Please click on the Health and Safety link on the CentrePort website for instructions.                                              

We request your employees observe the following protocols when interacting with CentrePort.


  • Frequent hand washing.    Hand sanitizer and/or soap is available widely around the port.  Hands should be washed for at least 30 seconds.
  • Dry hands thoroughly.  The disease can be spread on wet hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes - use disposable tissues or cough/sneeze into your elbow, and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact (< 1metre) with anyone suffering from acute respiratory infections.

Observing Ministry of Health guidance

  • Should any of your employees feel unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, we would expect them to follow Ministry of Health guidance and not come onto our premises.
  • CentrePort expects everyone to follow all other Ministry of Health guidelines.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Position on ships’ exhaust gas scrubber discharge in the port of Wellington – February 11 2020

CentrePort and the Greater Wellington Regional Council, as guardians of the port of Wellington, wish to work with the port’s customers in the new environment of exhaust cleaning systems to ensure our harbour is maintained in a pristine and healthy condition.

CentrePort and the Greater Wellington Regional Council are jointly seeking further guidance from National Regulatory Authorities in relation to the discharge of ship’s exhaust scrubber washwater into our harbour. Our current understanding is that that there are no regulations specifically prohibiting their use in NZ ports and harbours; ship’s systems and washwater discharges must meet IMO criteria. In addition, the discharge from scrubber systems should not have any of the following effects on the receiving waters:

  1. The production of any conspicuous oil or grease films, scums or foams, or floatable or suspended materials:
  2. Any conspicuous change of colour or visual clarity:
  • Any emission of objectionable odour:
  1. Any significant adverse effects on aquatic life

Discharges in contravention of the above may be investigated and necessary enforcement actions taken under the provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 (or associated pollution regulations).  Vessels may be required to shut down scrubber systems until it can be proven that the system is operating to the standards required.

It is however our recommendation that vessels switch to a low sulphur fuel alternative or use any available closed loop EGCS system when within the port of Wellington.

Our position on the status of these discharges may change pending the receipt of further information, regulatory guidance or national policy.

Focus On Centreport Regeneration Now Insurance Finalised

The regeneration of CentrePort has taken a major step forward with the finalisation of one of the largest insurance claims in New Zealand.

Nearly three years after the November 14 Kaikoura Earthquake caused major damage, CentrePort has finalised the port infrastructure claim with insurers for $472.5 million (net of deductibles).   Adding the earlier finalised Commercial Property portfolio and Coldstore claims, the combined amount totals $667.2 million net of deductibles.

Chief Executive Derek Nind says three years of hard work has gone into getting to this point which marks a significant milestone for CentrePort as it plans for the future.

"It has been a great team effort involving CentrePort staff, insurance claim experts, assessors and engineers.  I would also like to thank Vero, its co-insurers and Aon in assisting in the finalisation through what was a complex and challenging time. 

"This means we can now proceed with the development of CentrePort’s regeneration with greater surety. 

"The regeneration aims to deliver a 21st century logistics asset which is sustainable and brings benefit to the regional economy. It will provide an asset which connects with the communities and regions that we serve.

"CentrePort has also accomplished much over the last three years in improving port resilience, undertaking repairs and freeing up land to create options for long-term development,” said Mr Nind