Ports and Logistics

Quake puts part of Wellington port out of action ‘indefinitely’

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the south island of New Zealand will keep parts of Wellington’s CentrePort off limits for a long time. The port, built on reclaimed land, has suffered from sunken land, liquefaction and damaged container cranes.

The nation’s transport minister, Simon Bridges, who has visited the site, said parts of the port will remain closed indefinitely.

Meanwhile, KiwiRail has this week announced a new coastal shipping freight service called NZ Connect.

“The disruption to New Zealand’s key supply route between Auckland and Christchurch will continue for many months as the rail and road links are rebuilt,” KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy said.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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