Ports of Auckland - Update #4

Please see below the latest update from the Ports of Auckland.

4 September 2018
Operational Update
- Fergusson Terminal Operations Recommencement Update

Good afternoon

Fergusson Terminal operations are underway today starting this morning at 0700 hours with 3 cranes working the CAP Coral and straddles on the road.

OOCL Kuala Lumpur is on the berth waiting to start cargo operations when CAP Coral completes – estimated to be tomorrow morning, Wednesday 5th September 2018.

Northern Dexterity has omitted Auckland and her export containers are still in the yard with Lines to decide how best to move these. Due to timing, it is likely these will be rolled to later vessels which we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.

Productivity last evening unfortunately declined throughout the evening. We are very sorry to those Carriers who were planning operations and movement of containers off the Port that we were unable to service.

Our next shift change is at 1900 hours this evening and we are planning for 2 cranes and ongoing road/rail R&D. There is however a risk that there could be more sign offs this evening and so will only have a clearer position at the start of the shift at 1900 hours. Basis of this we will continue to keep VBS slots in the general pool to a minimum and manage requests for slots to be manually transacted through the Transport Coordinators.

Please note there exists VBS slots booked by Carriers for the OOCL Kuala Lumpur from midnight tonight but the vessel will only be starting work at earliest 0700 Wednesday morning. We will cancel these bookings and ask Carriers to switch out those bookings for other import containers already landed. Please contact the Transport Coordinators.

We are sorry, this is such a fluid situation at the moment in terms of staff making themselves available as a number are still struggling with the impact. We fully appreciate there is little relief to the ripple effect this is now having outside the Port and we are doing our best to give support and confidence to the team for more sustained operations.

The funeral is planned for this Friday 7th September. A time is yet to be finalised with the family and we are doing all we can to support them through this process. The reality is that many of the staff will want to attend the funeral to pay their last respects. Given that the night shift team will want to attend as well as a number of day time staff we will have to assume that there will be limited Terminal services on Friday. Basis of this we suggest Customers work to the worst case scenario of no Cranes operating on vessels and likely no R&D between 0600 Friday 7th September to 0700 Saturday 8th September.

We will ask for volunteers to work on Friday and if there is any that can come into help we will operate limited R&D services on the road. Some Carriers will already have VBS slots booked for this Friday which we will reassess on Thursday as to whether these are cancelled. Any available slots in the pool now will be withdrawn.

The next challenge we have is the state of the yard and yard capacity. With a high number of active reefers in the terminal, as either imports or export receipts we need to prioritise the delivery of cleared active import reefer containers and hazardous imports. Exports receipts will purely be restricted to specific vessels as per the below advice from the team which will be updated daily.

We will stop the receipt of any export empty evacuation containers through either the Link On Dock facility or the main gate until further notice, however will allow empty dehires back to the Link as per normal.

Given the likelihood of further delays to shipping as a result of the funeral on Friday we are reassessing berth times for vessels throughout the rest of this week and into next week. Some Lines may have to make alternative arrangements to their schedules and we will work with them as best possible and ensure to keep our website updated.

We are very grateful for the kind wishes of support and condolences after yesterday’s announcement of our colleagues passing.

Craig Sain
General Manager Commercial Relationships

Operational update follows:
Today we would like to update you as follows -


  • Cap Coral is currently alongside and have re-commenced operations from 0700 hours this morning;
  • OOCL Kuala Lumpur is currently alongside and expected to commence operations tomorrow from 0700 subject to this evening’s operations;
  • Spirit of Hamburg is due to arrive tomorrow morning. Operations are planning to commence at 0700 on Thursday 6 September; and
  • Northern Dexterity will omit Auckland on her forthcoming voyage.

Please continue to monitor Ports of Auckland website for changes in the vessel schedules.

Import Demurrage Last Free Times will continue to be reviewed on a daily basis and updated on the Vessel Schedule on our website here.

VBS bookings continue to be managed based on the operational capacity throughout the day and night. Our Gate Ops team is working with trucking companies and managing priority bookings based on the vessel schedule. For the next 24 hours priority will be given only to Export containers for MSC ADITI. For Imports focus will remain on DG containers, live reefers and containers that have been discharged and cleared off the vessels last week. Carriers should email Drivers Assist for booking requirements over and above what has been released.

Due to the space restrictions in the yard we have stopped accepting Empty Exports as of this morning and until further notice. The On Dock Link facility remains open for Empty de-hires.

We will update you again on Wednesday at 1400 hours.

Once again, we thank everyone for their understanding and patience.

For more information please contact: 

Customer Service
P: +64 9 348 5100 Ext.1
Email us here

For VBS queries, please contact:
Drivers Assist
P: +64 9 348 5100 Ext.2
Email: driversassist@poal.co.nz

Please find useful documents for Hazardous Cargo and Transport Operations here


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