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National Recognises urgent need for a maritime dry dock

Media Release

02 October 2020

National Party recognises the of urgent need for a new maritime dry dock

NZ Shipping Federation congratulates the National Party for its commitment to the construction of a maritime dry dock at NorthPort.

“A 250 metre dry dock, capable of servicing vessels trading in New Zealand, is the missing piece of New Zealand’s transport infrastructure jigsaw,” Clive Glover, President, NZ Shipping Federation, said today.

“This is not a political issue.It is common sense.All political parties should be supporting this.”

“Having a dry dock in New Zealand would save on the fuel consumed travelling overseas, which is obviously good for the environment and also save time and money for ship operators.It will mean that ships hulls can be easily inspected, repaired and cleaned without having to make a long and costly return voyage to Singapore of Sydney.”

“Investing in a dry dock is a smart use of taxpayers’ money and it will pay off as a financial investment.It would also benefit the environment as it will ensure that international ships with fouled hulls have an out-of-water option for cleaning, rather than doing it in-water at the 12-mile limit.”

The dry dock is expected to be a major employer in Whangarei, both during construction and when in operation, creating hundreds of skilled jobs.

Mr Glover said that the Federation will continue to work with Ministers and officials to make the dry dock a reality.

Contact points for the Federation are:

Clive Glover, Presidentclive.glover@straitnz.co.nz027 444 4284

Annabel Young, Executive Directorannabel.young@shipfed.co.nz021 429 216


Key facts about dry docks

Members of the Federation are:

Coastal Bulk Shipping

www.coastalbulkshipping.co.nz

Anatoki

Bulk cargo

Coastal Oil Logistics (COLL)

www.coll.co.nz



Holcim

www.holcim.co.nz

Buffalo

Cement

InterIslander

www.interislander.co.nz

Aratere

Cook Strait ferry


Kaiarahi

Cook Strait ferry


Kaitaki

Cook Strait ferry

NIWA

www.niwa.co.nz

Tangaroa

Research


Kaharoa

Research

Swire/Pacifica

www.pacship.co.nz

Aotearoa Chief

Cement


Moana Chief

Container cargo



Spirit of Canterbury

Container cargo

Silver Fern Shipping

www.sfsl.co.nz

Kokako

Fuel


Matuku

Fuel

StraitNZ- Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries

www.straitnz.co.nz

Straitsman

Cook Strait ferry

Strait Feronia

Cook Strait ferry