e-Bulletin Issue 6, 22 November 2016


Welcome to Port Otago’s e-Bulletin, updating you on progress across the Next Generation capital works programme.

Upper South Island Earthquake

Our thoughts and best wishes go to those people and businesses affected by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kaikoura. Port Otago has offered support to the ports of Napier, Wellington and Christchurch as they work to get back to full operations.


‘Bless you’ to the tug Arihi

More than 100 guests and staff were on hand to witness the formal blessing and dedication of the new $7m tug Arihi on 10 November, which was concluded with the traditional sacrifice of a bottle of bubbly across the bow of the 200-tonne, 18.7 metre long tug. Guests included descendants of Treaty of Waitangi signatory Chief Karetai. Otakou runanga representative Edward Ellison said the name Arihi referenced Aunty Alice Karetai, granddaughter of Chief Karetai who was born in 1862 and named after Queen Victoria’s daughter, Alice.

Port Otago chairman David Faulkner speaks to guests at A-Shed at the blessing


New Chief Executive for the Port

Kevin Winders has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Port Otago. Mr Winders will join in February and will take over the mantle from current Chief Executive Geoff Plunket, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Mr Winders has been the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Fern Farms since 2011 with previous roles with PGG Wrightson, Contact Energy and KPMG. He brings a strong financial and strategic skills set and has a good understanding of shipping though his involvement with Kotahi, the joint venture between Fonterra Cooperative Group and Silver Fern Farms.

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Kevin Winders


New GM: Marine and Infrastructure

Sean Bolt has recently joined Port Otago as GM: Marine and Infrastructure, a role combining the previous positions of GM Marine and GM Infrastructure. Sean has come from a port in Western Australia where he held the role of Harbour master and was also piloting. He has considerable experience within the NZ Port sector, with previous roles including piloting at Westport and Port of Tauranga, Manager of the Port of Tauranga Container Terminal, CEO at Port of Marlborough, C3 and Pacific Forum Line.

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Sean Bolt


New SouthGate Rail link to Invercargill

As part of Port Otago’s focus on supply chain efficiency for its cargo owners, Port Otago has commenced a dedicated daily rail service between Port Chalmers and Southland. The SouthGate point-to-point service runs between Port Chalmers and three acceptance points in Southland – Bluff, Clifton and Invercargill – providing a very competitive transport option to or from Port Chalmers and adding to the Timaru/Port Chalmers rail link. To find out more about this service, check out our website (www.portotago.co.nz/our-services/rail/) or contact GM: Commercial Peter Brown at pbrown@portotago.co.nz


A-Shed is ‘A’ for away

The extension to A-Shed to increase warehousing capacity and cater for increasing numbers of cruise ship passengers at the port has been completed. The port is anticipating the arrival of 87 cruise ships this season, including the 348-metre Ovation of the Seas, an 18-deck mega-liner with capacity for 5,000 guests supported by 1,500 crew.

A Shed Warehouse Extension


Environmental monitoring

Status updates of key monitoring elements of Next Generation can be viewed at: http://nextgenerationportotago.nz/channel-deepening/monitoring-summary-dashboard/

  • Turbidity – Port Otago continues to monitor turbidity levels at sites within the Harbour during dredging works. To date, no dredging related exceedances have occurred. More information can be found on the Turbidity Monitoring page of the Next Generation Port Otago website.
  • Seagrass Monitoring – The latest quarterly sea grass monitoring showed the typical seasonal variation in abundance and density, with no impact associated with dredging identified.
  • Kelp Monitoring – Measurement of light and regular download of data at sites between Warrington and Shag Point is ongoing. The next dive survey is due at the start of December at these locations.

Posted by Port Otago on 22 November 2016

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