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Royal HaskoningDHV completes project at earthquake-hit New Zealand port

By Mersey Maritime

Engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has completed a contract with the operator of the Port of Wellington in New Zealand to assess an area that was hit by the 2016 earthquake.

The Mersey Maritime member has undertaken an operational ferry traffic study for a parcel of port land due for immediate use in October 2018, on behalf of CentrePort.

Both the short and medium-term usage of the land is to be considered along with other driving factors such as the repair and upgrade of adjacent wharfs.

New use

The land area known as the ‘E’ site has been prepared for use following the demolition of a port-related building which stood on this land until the earthquake in November 2016, an event which compromised much of the operational port area of Wellington, particularly the container yard and the ferry berths used by Strait NZ Bluebridge.

Several of the buildings immediately adjacent to Glasgow Wharf and Kings Wharf (the ferry berths) were also affected by the earthquake.

CentrePort has already started a programme of works that are designed to bring the port back to maximum efficiency given the condition of the berths, while developing an overall master plan that is to be implemented over the coming years.

Ferry service

Bluebridge offers a freight and passenger route between the North and South Islands, servicing a variety of clients from the general public to commercial businesses. The mix of vehicles to be catered for in the marshalling areas requires careful consideration, both in terms of outgoing vehicles and incoming items that are not heading straight for the port outgate.

To fully understand the port layout and operational logistics at the Bluebridge berth at Kings Wharf, Royal HaskoningDHV deployed one of its senior ferry port operational master planners to Wellington from August 30 to the September 7.

Two vessels

Bluebridge currently operates a two-vessel service to the South Island with the MV Straitsman and the MV Strait Feronia. The fully laden vessel scenario was used to master plan the port layout options for both vessels under the medium-term plans.

Following the port visit and interviews with the management team of Bluebridge, Royal HaskoningDHV developed five options which CentrePort can carry forward into discussions with Bluebridge.  Each option offers a planned route for the short-term use of the land and wharf areas through to the medium-term requirements.

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Royal HaskoningDHV completes project at earthquake-hit New Zealand port