Port News: Futureproofing our maintenance facilities

This month marks the start of the build of our new fit for purpose and future proof Maintenance Workshop.

The project started with a blessing of the site, led by LPC’s Tahu Stirling and supported by Maui Stuart from Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke.

The blessing highlighted the Port’s history with the inclusion of Mauri (lifeforce) stones, which will be placed at the north, south, east and west of the site, representing wayfinding and seafaring.

The mauri stone holds spiritual and ritual significance, and is believed to maintain mauri (life force) and will instil protection and wellness for the site, as well as provide a physical reminder of the importance of safety throughout the build.

Scheduled for a yearlong build, the new facilities will include a 23m high service bay for 4 straddles along with workshop spaces, offices, breakrooms, and bathrooms.

Creating a modern and practical workshop was our main priority and our maintenance engineering teams have been at the heart of the design process.

Built on a new site, it will also free up key space in the container terminal.

When it was built in the 1970’s, the maintenance facilities were on the edge of the terminal, but as we have expanded over the decades, it now sits in a prime location for container storage so the shift will help increase our capacity.

Keep an eye out over the next year for updates on this key asset for LPC.

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