Ports of Auckland’s project to deepen the northern berth at the Fergusson Container Terminal has been completed after 2½ years of work. As a result, the terminal can now serve two large ships simultaneously.
The maximum vessel draught at the lowest of low tides at the northern berth has been increased from 11.7 meters (38.4 feet) to 42.7 feet; the maximum vessel draught at the lowest of low tides for the inner berth is 41.0 feet.
“The deepening of the northern berth ensures we can continue to accommodate our customers evolving requirements, which include a move to larger vessels,” said Tony Gibson, chief executive of the New Zealand port, in a written statement. “The investment will ensure sufficient depth along the full length of the Fergusson terminal to reliably accommodate vessels as draughts deepen.”