geoff_184 wrote:Napier is the third busiest container port in the North Island, and handles twice as much as Wellington, so I'm always a little mystified at suggestions it might close.
The other reason I don't think any port closures will occur, is simply because container volumes are only one part of a port operation. Each port also serves a niche market, bulk-wise.
I would be surprised if any of the current commercial ports close in my lifetime.
scooter wrote:eurokiwi78 wrote:On the subject of Ports it has been an interesting week with PrimePort losing its container services and Centreport picking up an additional Maersk service.
I wonder what the implications of these container port alterations will have upon the overland freight transport sector. Will it result in more or less work for Road and Rail freight?
Timaru's container traffic will be railed north from Dunedin and back again... so thats a plus for rail.
eurokiwi78 wrote:I've heard nothing on the timber. Presumably the woodchips and timber will go on other services. An extra train between pn and the bay? I don't know what arrangements for unloading the wagons at napier have been made. Although there is a push to curtainside all the zh wagons.
eurokiwi78 wrote:A little OT but not really worth another thread, Looks like the Karioi Pulp Mill will be exporting via Napier Port rather than Centreport from next month.
So no more pulp trains to Wellington. And some redundancies at Centreport?
eurokiwi78 wrote:I've heard nothing on the timber.
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