Great Port Great City
“Our Port and our city need each other to grow and prosper,” says LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie.
“The Port needs to be fit to service the growth and prosperity of the region and our customers’ increasing requirements. It is this region’s most significant freight link with the world – a pivotal gateway that provides the most comprehensive shipping services in the South Island. Almost all the goods our economy thrives on enter our lives through the Port – from the cars we drive to the coffee we drink.
“We sit in one of the world’s top-quality food bowls, boosted by the increase in Canterbury Plains irrigation. With increasing global food demand and container volumes set to double in a decade, Lyttelton Port needs to be ready for bigger vessels carrying more containers. We need to deepen our harbour so they have access – create more space for freight and expand the Container Terminal.
“Our reclamation in Te Awaparahi Bay has reached 10 hectares. We are looking to increase it another 24 hectares, to give us the space needed to move the Port east. As we expand the Container Terminal onto the reclamation, this will increasingly free up areas in the west of the Inner Harbour for the community to enjoy. This is already starting.
“We have begun work to develop Christchurch’s first walk-on marina for 170 boats. There’ll be boardwalks to stroll down and good quality amenities for boaties and the community. We’ve worked with Lyttelton residents and businesses to ensure their input into the development.
“Another recent milestone was the announcement of the new $56 million cruise berth which will be developed at Gladstone Pier. This is a partnership of community and business interests that will future proof Christchurch as a cruise destination of choice. In the spring of 2019, the first cruise ship to use the new berth will be here. The berth will be able to accommodate not only some of the largest cruise vessels visiting New Zealand now – but some of the largest that will come in the future.
“There are about 20 major developments to future proof the Port. Some are completed and already boosting our operations and providing strong support for the regional economy and the recovery. These include the new $85 million Cashin Quay 2 container wharf, which has increased our container trade capacity and ability to service the predicted freight increases – and our new Inland Port at Rolleston, MidlandPort. It is a milestone in improving container transport efficiency for the South Island. The train service for containers between MidlandPort and Lyttelton takes about 80 trucks a day off the road route, and provides efficient transportation for the increasing production from the Canterbury Plains.
“The Port has experienced significant domestic container volume growth following the North Canterbury earthquakes, with a 27% increase since late last year. There has been a slight softening recently but the coastal shipping container volume remains strong and the Port is effectively meeting this demand and supporting the region’s recovery.
“This coastal shipping volume increase is good news for Christchurch. It is strengthening Lyttelton Port’s position as the South Island’s major international trade gateway. We have our eyes firmly fixed on the future and are taking steps now to ensure that we continue to provide world-class facilities and worldwide connections that keep our Port and city thriving.”