Napier Port is the largest port in central New Zealand and the fourth largest container terminal in the country, processing more containers than Wellington, Nelson and New Plymouth combined. The Port supports more than 27,000 full and part-time jobs in the region and is a crucial part of New Zealand’s export-led economy.

Napier Port's success and growth is largely a reflection of the success and growth of the regional businesses the Port serves, and that it fits seamlessly into the supply and logistics chains of many key exporters.  In 2017, Napier Port processed 288,444 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers) up 12 percent on 2016. Log volumes increased a staggering 35 precent and we estimate that by 2026 we'll be exporting more than 3 million tonnes of logs over our wharves. 

This increase reflects the growth of the region, which is forecast to continue. Overall growth at the Port is predicted to climb substantially in the next 10 years.

In addition, the Port also needs to be able to keep pace with the changes in the international shipping industry when they occur.

Positioning the Port for further growth

The Port has already made significant investments to build capacity. However, further investment is required in the next 10 years to provide adequate berthing options for the number of, type and size of vessels. It is vital the Port can service all these ships or they are likely to go elsewhere.

The Port has considered a range of options to meet this need, from not making any changes, or expanding the current breakwater, to looking at other sites for a new berth. The Port’s proposed option is the most flexible, balanced and economically prudent outcome.