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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