For the third year in a row, fuel volumes have been greater than a million tonnes at CentrePort.
Based at Seaview on the Lower Hutt side of Wellington harbour, fuel is the “quiet cargo” for CentrePort and the Seaview wharf facility is a critical asset for the region.
The million tonnes through Seaview provides nearly all of the fuel for the lower North Island. In addition, CentrePort facilitates all the aviation fuel supplies for Wellington International Airport from Burnham wharf.
Z Energy has been working with CentrePort to ensure the teams are aligned on significant projects and day-to-day activities.
“Our positive relationship with CentrePort has continued to grow throughout the last year. Z Energy has developed a great working relationship with the CentrePort Ferries and Bulk team which has seen us work closely on a number of projects including looking to the future around the capabilities of the Seaview Wharf.Mark Soper, Seaview Terminal Manager, Z Energy
This has all been achieved while seeing an increase in the number of tankers utilising the Wharf to discharge fuel into the Seaview Terminals. We look forward to working with the CentrePort team in the year ahead.”
Ferries and Bulk General Manager Andrew Steele said given the fuel facility is essential for Lifelines and the regional economy, CentrePort has been working on increasing resilience of the fuel berths over the past year.
“At Seaview Wharf we are continuing to improve facilities and we’ve removed a lot of redundant infrastructure to reduce the load on the wharf. We're also scoping up the longer-term project in terms of resilience developments.”
The inter-island ferry service that CentrePort facilitates is a vital link between the North and South Islands, effectively extending State Highway 1 over Cook Strait.
Last year there were a total of 3,148 Interislander and StraitNZ Bluebridge ferry journeys between Wellington and Picton. The ferry link between the North and South Island is a critical part of New Zealand’s transport network, responsible for moving up to $20 billion worth of freight and more than 1.1 million passengers per annum.