New Zealand’s CentrePort revealed that regular container shipping is returning to Wellington, with weekly visits by a geared ship linking the port with Australia.
Starting from February 12, 2017, a vessel operated by shipping company ANL, part of CMA CGM, will visit the port to drop off and pick up containers with its own cranes, the port operator said.
The port’s gantry cranes were made inoperable by the Kaikoura earthquake on November 14 last year. Work is underway to resume modified crane operations within four to six months, according to Derek Nind, Chief Executive Officer of CentrePort.
“By adapting our operations we are bringing regular container shipping in Wellington. We’ve already visited the port since the earthquake, and this scheduled service will further meet the needs of central region businesses,” Noel Coom, General Manager of ANL New Zealand, said.
“The service will connect Wellington shippers directly with Australia, and will provide an opportunity for them to connect with services between North America, North Asia, South East Asia and globally,” the port operator said.
CentrePort added that its trades of ferries, fuel, logs, cars, and cruise ships continue to operate.