Ports of Auckland - Update #6

Please see below the latest update from the Ports of Auckland. It is important that you note the situation is still far from being back to normal.

11 September 2018 : Operational Update
Fergusson Terminal Operations Recommencement Update

Good Afternoon,

Today we would like to update you as follows –

Terminal yard capacity is under considerable pressure due to the high amount of import containers discharged from vessels over the last few days and exports accumulated from vessels that omitted the Port last week. As hard as we are trying to move containers out of the terminal we are having more come in on vessels. This continues to add to the challenge of balancing vessel and road/rail demands whilst also managing staff hours of work with the ongoing demand. Unfortunately we will continue to experience this high level of congestion at the ship and the gate for at least the next 7-10 days as the current Line-up of vessels and forecasted discharges would indicate.


  • Sailed: BSL Limassol and MOL Destiny;
  • Alongside and working: ANL Wendouree and Olivia Maersk;
  • Arriving tomorrow: Schubert and Cap Capricorn.

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

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. We ask that Carriers provide container numbers for the bookings required when sending their request through to the Driver Assist Team.

For the next 24 hours priority will be given only to export containers for:

  • Schubert; and
  • Cap Capricorn

We will start receiving Export containers for the following vessels from 0700 hours Wednesday 12 September:

  • Cape Marin;
  • MSC Banu;
  • Maersk Izmir; and
  • ANL Elanora

We request rail users refrain from sending Export Containers that are not for the above mentioned vessels. Containers that are booked to load later vessels will not be unloaded from the train and will be returned.

For Imports focus remains on DG containers, active reefers and containers that have been discharged and cleared off the vessels last week.

Due to the space restrictions in the yard we will manage receival of Empty export containers directly with the shipping lines. The On Dock Link facility remains open for de-hire of Empties.

We will update you again on Wednesday.

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


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