Wellington gets quake-hit cranes running again after 10-month hiatus

Wellington gets quake-hit cranes running again after 10-month hiatus

Ten months after a giant earthquake racked New Zealand, the port in the nation’s capital, Wellington, has finally got two huge gantry cranes working again.

Temporary work on CentrePort’s 700-tonne gantry cranes have allowed the machines to return to pre-earthquake service levels, a CentrePort spokesman said.

Both cranes jumped off their rails when the earthquake struck and the land they were sitting on became unstable.

Only geared ships have been able to offload boxes at Wellington up until now, meaning a significant number of vessels have been forced to reroute to other New Zealand ports this year.

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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