|And then there were two|
|Tuesday, 08 March 2011 09:12|
Wellingtonians are about to notice a change in the port’s ‘skyline’ next month.
Rising productivity at the port has enabled the retirement of one of the three quayside container cranes this month.
CentrePort chief executive Blair O’Keeffe says that crane moves at CentrePort’s container terminal are in the upper quartile for Australasia and volumes are growing at 4 percent annually. Recent technology and equipment improvements, including the installation of twin lift cranes in 2006 and the acquisition of six diesel-electric straddle carriers in 2009, have resulted in significant advances in productivity meaning that scrapping the old crane will not affect port productivity.
“Some of its components will be salvaged for installation elsewhere and the remainder recycled as scrap, Mr O’Keeffe said.
Mr O’Keeffe said CentrePort handled over well over 100 000 containers annually.
“Our container business represents a substantial proportion of CentrePort’s $2 billion GDP contribution to the Wellington region,” Mr O’Keeffe said.