Investment and Developments

Positioning for further growth

This past financial year has seen Napier Port invest some $34 million in its processes and infrastructure to help build terminal capacity and ensure it is well placed to handle both the region’s growing cargo base and the 13 international container lines calling at Napier Port.

With better people backing them, Napier Port looks for the best, most efficient answers to the challenges and opportunities presented. Here are some of the major developments Napier Port has focused on in the past financial year.

“For the first time in the Port’s history, nearly all staff…are working together in a safer, purpose-built and future-proofed building.”
Bringing our people closer together in a future-proofed building

The end of this financial year also saw most of our staff move into our new main office building. For the first time in the Port’s history, nearly all staff – corporate, operations (including drivers and planners) engineering and marine departments – are working together in a safer, purpose-built and future-proofed building.

Designed and constructed to the new building standards, the building is safer in the event of an earthquake and tsunami. In recognition of the Port’s role in supporting the community and enabling business, the building has been built in accordance with the requirements of ‘importance level 3’ as defined in the building code.

With staff working physically closer, more opportunities are arising for collaboration and the chance to find better answers to our customers’ challenges. The new building has also created more space on port. Located on the boundary it takes traffic off site, making the Port safer with less people entering operational areas, and the land where the old buildings currently are will be used to hold transit cargoes and introduce additional intermodal handling capacity. The new office is modern with significantly better IT solutions and capabilities, more facilities and state-of-the-art communication tools.

Completion and arrival of New Zealand’s first mobile harbour crane simulator at a port

Napier Port recently purchased and commissioned a world-class, state-of-the-art crane simulator to train new drivers and continually develop the capability of existing mobile crane drivers in a safer, more effective environment. The simulator is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Built and developed in Canada, it offers the most realistic simulations in the world today and is an exact replication of the Port’s shipside and crane operating environment. The project has also seen Napier Port collaborate with Port Flinders in Adelaide and Ports of Auckland, both of which are commissioning their own simulators.