The Port of Tauranga, New Zealand, has opened its expanded container terminal facilities.
The capital expenditure program included a $30 million extension to wharf length at the Tauranga Container Terminal, increasing it by 170 meters (about 558 feet) or 28 percent; the installation and commissioning of a new Liebherr super-post-Panamax ship-to-shore twin-lift gantry crane and the purchase of six new straddle carriers.
Over the last two years, the program has increased ground slot capacity by 30 percent and refrigerated container outlets by 60 percent.
Additionally, the construction of a new rail siding will allow up to four trains to be loaded and unloaded at once.
The improvements will be complemented by major dredging work scheduled to begin later this year to widen and deepen Tauranga harbor shipping channels.