Home' Auckland City Harbour News : March 25th 2011 Contents 6 AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, MARCH 25, 2011
Port hosts IAPH forum
VIPs from over 45 international
and local ports were in Auckland in
February to attend the the 11th Asia/
Oceania Regional Forum and Meeting
of the International Association of
Ports and Harbors (IAPH) hosted by
Ports of Auckland.
The group met to discuss global
port challenges including capacity
and sustainability, and to share best
The IAPH is a global alliance
representing some 230 ports in
about 90 countries. Member ports
handle more than 60% of the world's
sea-borne trade and nearly 80% of
all container traffic.
The forum's speakers included, among
others, Transport Minister Steven Joyce.
Ports in the Community:
Te Papapa School gets
Ports of Auckland is partnered with
Te Papapa School in Onehunga under
the Committee for Auckland's Schools
and Business programme.
Through this partnership the Ports
assists the school with advice on
issues of Governance, IT, Finance
and through mentoring programmes
for the students.
One of the issues the school faced
was the lack of awareness in the
community about the school. As a
part of the process set up to address
this issue, Ports of Auckland teamed
up with design agency Insight to
sponsor new signs for the school.
Look out for these signs next time
you're on Mt. Smart Road.
The Ports is also partnered with Wiri
Central School under the programme.
Ports of Auckland's free community
boat tours continue to run on selected
Tuesdays. The hour long boat tour of
the Waitemata harbour takes place
more about Port activities.
Run by 360 Discovery, the tours depart
from Pier 4 (near the Ferry Terminal)
and provide live commentary of the
Port operations. For more details of
the boat tour, visit www.poal.co.nz
Public Feedback Hotline
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Constantly striving for excellence is what
2011 is all about for Ports of Auckland,
says new CEO Tony Gibson.
Mr Gibson joined the Ports in
February, building on a 30-year career
in freight and logistics and taking over
from Jens Madsen who had been at
the Port's helm for the past five years.
He has spent much of his time so far
engaging with employees and customers
in order to achieve a deep understanding
of the opportunities and challenges faced
at the Port. These challenges he identifies
as: maintaining support for the Ports'
position on the waterfront; ensuring the
Ports' freight linkages (both road and rail)
are effective and efficient for the benefit of
the Auckland region's supply chain; and
ensuring the Ports' own operations are
effective and efficient.
"As our customers strive for improved
operational efficiency, all ports are
themselves challenged to turn vessels
around quicker and in the most
economical way," Mr Gibson says.
He says the efficient turnaround
of vessels will be a key differentiator
between NZ ports in the future.
"At Ports of Auckland we are
constantly looking to improve our
competitiveness, challenging ourselves
to enhance performance and develop
innovations to deliver excellence. In
order to do this, we need to get the
foundations correct and that includes
building more flexibility into our
business," he says.
Improvements are already under
way, with work started on a multi-
million dollar container terminal berth
deepening and lengthening programme.
The Port is also developing new
processes for managing its container
terminal operations. The first step
toward ensuring world class systems
are in place is driving the automation
of procedures used to notify pick-up
and delivery of containers at the Port.
This will provide benefits to the Port,
and to users of port services, by
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays brings
thousands to the waterfront The Auckland waterfront
came alive on Sunday
13 March as people
from different walks of
life took part in the 39th
annual Ports of Auckland
Round the Bays fun run.
An estimated 70,000
around 660 Ports of
Auckland staff and their
families, gathered for
the fun day in support
of worthy charities
including Kidney Kids,
Koru Care, the Waitemata Harbour Clean-Up Trust and Fairfax First Books.
It was a beautiful sunny day although this did make for a hot run.
Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson said it was great to see so many
Aucklanders come together for this community-based event.
"It was a great way to support worthy charities while having a fun day out with
family and friends," he said.
Mr. Gibson addressed the crowd a the start, along with Mayor Len Brown
who also participated in the fun run
before joining the Ports of Auckland
team at their marquee at Madills
Finish times for all registered
participants are available at
A big thank you to everyone
who participated in the fun run and
made the day the success it was.
Bumper Cruise season for
Ports of Auckland
The 2010/2011 cruise season has been
a bumper one for Ports of Auckland with
over 53 ship visits so far and another 25
scheduled for the rest of the season.
The first week of February saw 10 cruise
ship calls into the Waitemata seaport, with
luxury liners Queen Elizabeth and Queen
Mary 2 among the glamorous visitors.
Auckland will also host 15 cruise ships
during the Rugby World Cup.
With each cruise call generating in
excess of a million dollars for the regional
economy it is easy to see why the future
of the cruise industry is important to
both the city and the Port. In just three
years, the number of cruise ship calls
to Auckland have risen by 40%.
Cruise ship passengers are currently
processed on Princes Wharf, with the
adjacent Queens Wharf used as a back-
up facility. Princes Wharf will continue
to be used as a cruise terminal until a
new facility is developed, most likely on
Queens Wharf as part of the wharf's
Ports welcomes new CEO
Images courtesy: Jess McBride & Colin Salt)
Image Courtesy: Michael Cornwall
The latest information and community news from Auckland's Port MARCH 2011
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