When Stage One of the extension is complete early in 2007, it will comprise 5 ha of new land, which will provide handling space for an additional 120,000 teu at the terminal. Stage Two will comprise a further 4.4 ha area, and this will be completed gradually, using maintenance dredging from around the port’s wharves.
Other elements of the project include deepening the terminal’s shipping channel and constructing 400 m of public waterfront walkway. When it is finished, the reclaimed land will extend the area of the Axis Fergusson terminal – New Zealand’s largest and busiest – to around 35 ha.
The first 2 ha of reclaimed land, completed in January, has already made a difference. “The additional space has provided increased storage capacity and improved the efficiency of our road grid. This is already proving beneficial at peak times as the new layout is helping to improve productivity,” said Martin Speller, operations manager at Axis Terminals.