• Port Facilities

Wharves, bulk discharge and other facilities are provided for a wide range of conventionally stevedored cargoes including bulk petroleum, fertiliser, gypsum, logs, cement, conventional break bulk, imported cars and fishing.

Cranes, forklifts and hoppers are available for hire.

The liquid bulk terminal is owned by Lyttelton Port Company and operated by several oil companies. Located off Godley Quay, next to the oil wharf, it provides facilities for the discharge of liquid bulk products including LPG, petroleum, aviation gas, bitumen and methanol, as well as bunkering of a variety of vessels:

  • 24/7 service
  • Two 250mm nominal bore marine discharge units for white products – 1,100 tonnes per hour capacity
  • One 250mm nominal bore marine discharge unit for black products – 420 tonnes per hour capacity
  • LPG marine unloading arm
  • Maximum bunkering rates:
    – Light fuel oil  – 90 tonnes per hour
    – Marine diesel – 85 tonnes per hour


A number of well established firms provide competitive stevedoring and provedoring services to ships in the port. See our On Port Service Providers page for details.

A 75 tonne, 25m weighbridge is located on the Inner Harbour roadway available for Bulk operations only. The weighbridge is automated and provides a 24 x 7 hour service.

Lyttelton’s dry dock is the only such facility in the South Island. It was opened in January 1883 and is still regularly used by a wide variety of vessels. Electric pumps take three hours to pump the dock dry.

Situated within the inner harbour and next to the dry dock the patent slip is available for repair of small craft up to 150 tonnes and with a maximum draught of 2m. On the northern side there is a grid for vessels with maximum draught of 1.83m, ideal for repairs which can be completed through a complete tide. South of the patent slip there is a one-lane slipway for trailer boats.

Shore electricity is available at some wharves – type A.C.50 Hz, 415 volt 3 phase, or 230 volt single phase.
Most wharves are well lit by towers and light clusters and, where necessary, mobile light towers can be hired. There is a network of refrigerated container sockets at Cashin Quay 3 and 4 and near No.7 Wharf.

A comprehensive quarantine waste and garbage disposal service is provided by an approved contractor. All quarantine waste is handled to the New Zealand MAF quarantine standards and is processed on site. Extra garbage can be handled on request.

Supply of fresh water can be connected to the ship day or night. 24 hour prior notice should be given prior to arrival.

Dry Dock facts


Floor length


Floor width


Top length


Entrance width


Maximum draught (subject to vessel type)

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