Lyttelton cruise ship berth update
The South Island will welcome some of the world’s largest cruise ships and their many passengers through Lyttelton Port’s proposed international cruise ship berth.
The berth will be an extension on the Port’s Cashin Quay at Gladstone Pier. Construction of the cruise ship berth will have a positive impact on the local and regional economy, and is important to the overall recovery of Christchurch.
This announcement of our intention to build a cruise ship berth at Lyttelton was positively received by the wider community. To build the new cruise ship berth we require resource consent from Environment Canterbury. It will be lodged with Environment Canterbury later this year.
We recently obtained resource consent to deepen the Harbour’s channel so larger vessels carrying more containers can access the Port.
It is estimated this will decrease freight costs for Lyttelton customers by more than 10 per cent. While the existing channel has sufficient depth to allow cruise vessels to reach the Port, dredging is required around the new wharf to allow the ships to dock at the proposed cruise berth. However, our consent was appealed by Ngāi Tahu and the Surfbreak Protection Society.
We are in mediation with both parties to get a better understanding of the issues. The timing of the construction of the cruise berth could now be affected due to the appeal process. At this point we are unable to provide a timeline of when the cruise berth will be completed. The issue of piling-related noise impacting the Harbour’s native Hector’s dolphin population, which we are currently investigating, could also affect the timing of the cruise berth.
Significant work will be undertaken to understand and mitigate any adverse environmental effects the construction of our new cruise ship berth may have on the Lyttelton Harbour environment.
We have engaged an external design team and contractor to implement the cruise berth project and they have started planning the berth’s construction.
We are committed to protecting the cultural and environmental values of Lyttelton Harbour, which underline our plans to build a modern, thriving Port.