Berth & Crane Allocation

BERTH PRIORITIES - SCHEDULED CONTAINER SHIPPING SERVICES

The Port will use its best endeavours to offer two cranes for each of the services within a berth window, preferably at No.5 Berth. New No.4 Berth may be used at the Port s discretion as a substitute for No.5 Berth for suitable container vessels.

Berth windows are only available for up to 2 hours into that window. This means vessels must be on the berth, tied up and ready to commence cargo operations. After that time, berth access will be based on use of the Port's "6 Day Berthage & Cargo Advice Form".

Conforming vessels - for use by non window customers and those outside their window - will be granted priority over those who do not follow the 6 Day Berthage & Cargo Advice Form. Any line's "Daily Positions" or similar electronic reporting format will be deemed to meet the Port's 6 Day Berthage & Cargo Advice Form requirement provided it is received by 1200 hours each day.

It is expected that lines will provide a completed load list (with expected restows) covering the entire exchange before a vessel is berthed.

Please send daily electronic reports to both of the following email addresses:

marineadmin@napierport.co.nz planners@napierport.co.nz

Window end will still stand if a vessel arrives within 2 hours of the window start: it needs to complete cargo by window end plus a 1 hour period of grace. No further extension will be granted unless it is with the full agreement of the Port i.e. in the interests of full cargo completion.

It may still be possible for a window vessel to keep working, if a waiting vessel has not followed the "6 Day Berthage & Cargo Advice Form" procedure. Vacating the berth will however be necessary if a waiting vessel booked the berth in accordance with the "6 Day Berthage & Cargo Advice Form" procedure.

Minimum window length is 12 hours from the window opening, being arrival time on the berth. Therefore an arrival prior to the 2-hour cut-off will minimally leave 10 hours work plus an allowance for a 1-hour period of grace. In other words an 11 hour work period. This 1-hour period of grace only applies to holders of berth windows.

If any service is likely to arrive outside its agreed berth window, Users or Agents of the User will need to have fully complied with the following Berth & Crane Allocation Procedures (Container Terminal No.5 Berth) to secure berth time.

Any vessel arriving earlier than its window can only occupy the berth if it is vacant and it doesn t impact on any other window arrangement. Early arrival provides no advantage if the berth is occupied by another vessel which has booked in accordance with the 6 Day Berthage and Cargo Advice Form.

Container Terminal No.5 Berth

Applies to users without a window or those who look likely to miss their window in a given week.  New No.4 Berth may be used at the Port's discretion as a substitute for No.5 Berth for suitable container vessels.

    1. Users or Agents of the User are to forward to the Napier Port's Operations Centre (by fax, (06) 833 4441 or e-mail, marineservices@napierport.co.nz, copy to planners@napierport.co.nz) the Berthage and Cargo Advice Form giving a minimum of six (6) days clear notice (cut off midday six days) prior to their ETA at the pilot station. Failure to forward this Advice Form within the timeframe stated will affect berth priorities in the event of a clash. A clash is determined to be within two (2) hours of intended ETA of other vessels without a window or those vessels who miss their window.
    2. This ETA is to be reconfirmed by Users or Agents of the User no later than midday (1200 hours) on the day preceding the intended ETA.

      Users or Agents of the User completing both the above criteria will be granted a two (2) hour berthing window between the confirmed ETA and the actual ETA. If a vessel is unable to arrive at the pilot station within two (2) hours, then any other vessel requiring the berth and 2 cranes and meeting the 2 hour arrival criteria, assumes priority.

      It is expected that all information provided to the Napier Port for operational planning purposes is as accurate as can be at the time it is advised.

      In all cases, to maintain berth priority, a vessel must berth and work upon arrival. In the same instance a vessel that can work through to completion will be given preference over a vessel whose ETD will be delayed awaiting cargo to arrive at the Port.

      Vessels can only await cargo at the berth with the agreement of Napier Port providing they are not holding out another container vessel. The movement of vessels that are tide constrained, shall, in the interest of safety and berth productivity, take precedence over other vessels (INCLUDING VESSELS WHOSE WINDOW IS DISRUPTED BY A SURGE EVENT)

  1. Subject to the above, if ETA s are equal, or within two (2) hours of both ETA s at midday (1200 hours) on the day preceding the intended ETA then the Berthage and Cargo Advice Form presented 6 clear days prior to arrival will be compared. The vessel within the 2-hour window of its 6 day intended ETA shall have priority. If both vessels are within the 2 hour window or both are outside the 2 hour window, the vessel whose actual time of arrival is closest to its 6 day ETA advice will have priority provided they can work on arrival as in Point 1 above. The decision as to which vessel will prevail in the above case will be communicated by the Port s Container Terminal planners by 1500 hours on the day preceding the intended ETA.
  2. Vessels arriving more than 2 hours ahead of their previously notified 6 day ETA will not have any priority unless they can work and sail without affecting following vessels, particularly those with windows.
  3. Priority on No.5 Wharf to be given to container vessels routinely using two or more shore cranes on a scheduled liner service.
  4. Users must supply a load list to the Napier Port Planners no later than 1600 hours the day before for vessels commencing work prior to 1600 the next day, otherwise 8 hours prior to a vessel commencing work after 1600 hours the same day. The only exception to the above requirements is in those instances where vessels are berthed at the request of Napier Port.
  5. Users whose vessels are vying for the berth may vary the above arrangements by mutual agreement between themselves and the Port, confirmed in writing so long as no other vessels are inconvenienced.
  6. The definition of regular services includes extra loader calls of a regular liner service. Extra loaders will be afforded the same priority as regular liner services so long as all vessels conform to these procedures.
  7. Services which do not publish Napier as a continuous year round call (weekly or bi-weekly) will be treated as a lower priority compared to those regular liner services which conform with these procedures.
  8. The At Berth time commences from first line ashore on berthing to last line released at sailing; the Port agrees to a 60-minute period of grace before any day thereafter marine services charge applies. However after the 60 minute period of grace there will be NO further exemptions.

MULTI-USER BERTHS

    1. Users or Agents of the User are to forward to the Napier Port's Operations Centre (by fax, (06) 833 4441 or e-mail, marineservices@portofnapier.co.nz) the Berthage and Cargo Advice Form giving a minimum of six (6) days clear notice (cut off midday six days) prior to their ETA at the pilot station.
    2. This ETA is to be reconfirmed by the User or Agents of the User no later than midday (1200 hours) on the day preceding the intended ETA.

      Users or Agents of the User completing both the above criteria will be granted a two (2) hour berthing window between the confirmed ETA and the actual ETA. If a vessel is unable to arrive at the pilot station within two (2) hours, then any other vessel requiring the berth and 2 cranes and meeting the 2 hour arrival criteria, assumes priority.

      It is expected that all information provided to the Napier Port for operational planning purposes is as accurate as can be at the time it is advised.

      In all cases, to maintain berth priority, a vessel must berth and work upon arrival. In the same instance a vessel that can work through to completion will be given preference over a vessel whose ETD will be delayed awaiting cargo to arrive at the port.

      The Napier Port's clear preference is for all vessels to work continuously, 24 hours per day, seven (7) days per week.

      Vessels can only await cargo at the berth with the written agreement of Napier Port providing they are not holding out another vessel. The movement of vessels that are tidally constrained, shall, in the interests of safety and berth productivity, take precedence over other vessels.

  1. Users whose vessels are constrained to a particular berth by reason of length, draft or cargo aggregation will have priority on those berths e.g.
    containers No s 1, 2 North, 2 South, 4 & 5 Wharves
    fertilizer No s 1 & 2 North Wharves
    logs No s.1 & 2 North Wharves
    woodchips No.2 North Wharf
    wood pellets No.2 North Wharf
    fuel No.2 South Wharf
    woodpulp No.2 South but if required for fuel, then 2 North
  2. Cruise vessels that book a berth with ETA and ETD 12 months in advance have specific scheduling requirements and will receive priority over other vessels.

    Cruise Vessel Berth Allocation Matrix:

    First choice of berth if available is 2 South however LOA will be used as a further determining factor for berth allocation.

    LOABerth
    Less than 165 metres 3 East
    Less than 190 metres 3 East if possible subject to mooring suitability
    Less than 220 metres 2 South and 4 West if cargo operations allow
    Greater than 220 metres 2 North & 2 South (operating as a single berth) or if available 5 Wharf
  3. Wharf can be considered provided there are no scheduled liner services that require the berth.
  4. The Napier Port provides a reserved berth for cruise vessels to ensure they have guaranteed berth access ahead of any other potential port user. In the event of any cruise vessel cancelling its Napier call within 36 hours of its due time and date of arrival, the call will be billed as if the vessel had called.
  5. Only those fishing vessels with draft of greater than 2.4 metres are able to occupy a berth. The fishing fleet has no berth priority and as a condition of berth allocation must be prepared to shift berth as required and at no cost to the Napier Port.
  6. Laying over due to vessel maintenance, bunkering, icing and discharging of fishing vessels can only occur with the permission of the Napier Port. Cargo activities of other vessels take priority over fishing vessels.
  7. Unless all cargo to be loaded on a bulk vessel has a validated Customs Export Delivery Order (CEDO), the Napier Port reserves the right to refuse to berth the vessel (i.e. no pilot will board the vessel).
  8. The At Berth time commences from first line ashore on berthing to last line released at sailing; the Port agrees to a 60-minute period of grace before any day thereafter marine service charge applies. However after the 60 minute period of grace there will be NO further exemptions.

SHIFT BERTH

  1. If the user or cargo owner requests a shift of berth (for bunkering, cargo mix, cargo exchange productivity, berth preference or any other benefit to the ship call), the user is to pay the cost of the shift ship. The party benefiting from this movement would be required to meet costs of the movement (except where there is an advised berth priority). Acceptance of these charges will be required in writing prior to any movements taking place.
  2. Where practical all movements will be undertaken during meal breaks, change of shifts or at times convenient to the parties affected.

    Practical Examples:

    1. A log vessel is moved from 1 Wharf to 2 South for bunkering purposes the vessel pays for the movement.
    2. Two fertiliser vessels are berthed, one on 1 Wharf and the other on 2 North. A log vessel requires 1 Wharf, the log vessel pays to move the fertiliser vessel.
    3. A log vessel is on 1 Wharf which has completed loading (but not completed lashing) and another log vessel wants the berth, the incoming vessel requiring the berth will be charged to move the vessel occupying the berth.
    4. A log vessel is on 1 Wharf but due to crane or equipment breakdowns, cargo availability or labour shortages can only operate one gang and another vessel can work three or more gangs, the vessel occupying the berth will be required to move. Where possible 6 hours or more notice will be provided. For this example, if a vessel is finishing and down to one gang with less than 6 hours work, it would remain on the berth.
    5. A reefer charter vessel wants to load palletized cargo, containers (using the Port crane) and bunker the only berth that can accommodate this complete request is 2 South. If a vessel with a priority requires 2 South, the reefer charter vessel would be required to move at their cost as all of these operations can occur at other berths.
    6. A reefer charter vessel wants to load pallets of apples/meat and containers (using the Port crane). If 5 Wharf, 2 Wharf and 1 Wharf are unavailable on arrival, the reefer charter would be required to load at 3 or 4 Wharf then pay to move to a hard-standing wharf in order to use the Port crane.
    7. A geared container vessel berthed on 5 Wharf and a non-geared container vessel requires the berth, as the geared vessel has a lower priority it must be moved to accommodate the non-geared vessel. The cost of the movement would be to the non-geared vessel.

CRANE HIRE PRIORITY

  1. First priority is for container vessels on scheduled liner services routinely using 2 cranes normally at No 5 berth. These services include but are not restricted to: New Japan Conference (NYK, MOL, Hamburg Sud, COSCO), Maersk/Hamburg Sud, NZX Service (MOL, NYK, OOCL, PIL), MSC, CMA CGM and Swire.
  2. Second priority is to geared container vessels not routinely using 2 cranes on scheduled liner services and/or where a proportion of the cargo exchange is not containerised. Example: PFL.
  3. The third priority is to general cargo and bulk vessels (with or without ship s gear). Example: Seatrade who can carry containers on deck.
  4. If a lower priority vessel is first at the berth and a later higher priority vessel requires the crane, the lower priority vessel is to be informed at time of crane ordering that the crane(s) will be required for the higher priority vessel. At no time is a crane to be removed from a lower priority vessel without prior notification and/or agreement. The Napier Port is not obligated to complete working cargo if the crane(s) are required later for a higher priority vessel.
  5. Cranes are not to work on fertiliser or log vessels.

Penalty Charges

  1. If a vessel does not arrive as per the scheduled ETA and after waiting 30 minutes, a penalty charge will be incurred and invoiced to the Agent /Principal to cover the call out of the Marine personnel. The rate will be $1,500.00 per cancelled call.
  2. If a vessel does not depart as per the scheduled ETD and after waiting 30 minutes, a penalty charge will be incurred and invoiced to the Agent /Principal to cover the call out of the Marine personnel. The rate will be $1,500.00 per cancelled call.
  3. If a shift of ship order has been made and the vessel is unable to undertake that shift at the allocated time and after waiting 30 minutes, a penalty charge will be incurred and invoiced to the Agent /Principal to cover the call out of the Marine personnel. The rate will be $1,500.00 per cancelled call.
  4. All stevedoring delays incurred due to a vessels delayed arrival or shift will be on-charged to the Agent/Principal.
  5. Where an Agent/Principal incurs a cancelled call charge, the Napier Port reserves the right to not accept future orders from that Agent/Principal if that account remains outstanding.


THE PORT RESERVES ITS RIGHT TO ALTER ANY PART OF THESE ARRANGEMENTS AT ANY TIME AND AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION (DUE TO CARGO COMPLETION, WEATHER, TIDAL CONDITIONS OR ANY OTHER REASON I.E. POSSIBLE BERTH OR YARD CONGESTION).