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COVID-19 CentrePort Update

Update 27 May 2020

CentrePort Operational Control Plan - Alert Level 2

This control plan is intended to be used by those working at CentrePort Limited during the current COVID-19 Government restrictions.

Managing a port whilst remaining compliant with COVID-19 protocols is challenging. The following document describes the necessary responses to maintain our compliance and prevent harm to our people.

It is an overarching plan designed to provide information for the management of Port related activities and interactions with wider port users.

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

[updated 27 May 2020]

Health and Safety Inductions

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.