Welcome to Port Otago’s e-Bulletin, updating you on progress across the Next Generation capital works programme.
The Arihi hasn’t been spotted on Otago Harbour for the past week because the 300t tug is having a few touch-ups after being hard at work since its arrival from Turkey last August. The Arihi is currently on a slipway in Dunedin's upper Harbour for minor repairs and some painting touch-ups, including new anti-fouling, which should last for five years.
Also included in the work programme is the welding of additional bolts to the outer casing of the twin 'azimuth stern drive' units, allowing ‘sacrificial’ anodes to be bolted on, which could in the future be unbolted and replaced while still in the water. This work is expected to take another week.
The dredge New Era has just completed its annual contract work at Lyttelton and has now returned to Otago Harbour to continue Port Otago’s channel deepening. Our channel deepening project is on track to reach 14m (chart datum) by the end of 2017.
The design process for this major project is now well advanced with two finalist contracting companies currently in a competitive design phase. The designs, which will add 135m to the existing 300m Multipurpose wharf (container no 2), will be assessed by Port Otago for compliance with design requirements. Construction is expected to start in about July, with about 18 months to completion.
A job offer from Port Otago was enough to entice Sean Bolt and his family back to New Zealand in late 2016 after a five-year hiatus in Australia. To be fair, it wasn’t just any old job. As General Manager, Marine and Infrastructure, Sean is tasked with managing some of Otago’s most important strategic assets. He’s effectively also at the helm of Port Otago’s $45m ‘Next Generation’ programme, which will position the Port to deal with the future demands of larger ships and expanding export growth. The programme includes deepening of the shipping channel, berth sheet piling, warehouse expansion and extension of the number two container berth.
Sean Bolt - GM Marine & Infrastructure
“The Port Otago role was obviously a big drawcard, but we’ve always wanted to explore the Otago region and of course Dunedin itself has a lot to offer,” says Sean. He’s relishing the daily challenges that the Next Generation programme brings. “The majority of these projects are well on track and I’m looking forward to ensuring Port Otago is ready for the next generationcontainer vessels, as well as ensuring we have the best professional marine team, as Dunedin is probably the most demanding pilotage in New Zealand. Sean, whose love affair with the sea started in the mid-70s with the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand, has held a number of roles in the marine sector, including Senior Executive at Port of Tauranga, CEO of Port Marlborough and CEO of Pacific Forum Line. He came to Port Otago from his role as Harbour Master and Chief Pilot at the Port of Albany in West Australia.
SouthGate, Port Otago’s dedicated daily rail service between Port Chalmers and Southland, has been well-received since its launch late last year. The service, which is currently operating 10 wagons per day, links Southland through to Port Chalmers via three acceptance points of Bluff, Clifton and Invercargill. The link allows cargo owners to freight export cargo - primarily timber, aluminium and dairy - to Port Chalmers at a competitive price.
Status updates of key monitoring elements of Next Generation can be viewed at: http://nextgenerationportotago.nz/channel-deepening/monitoring-summary-dashboard/