|CentrePort “Committed” To Container Trade|
|Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:00|
Chief Executive Blair O'Keeffe said today, "CentrePort is actively investigating a variety of transport and storage plays including inland hubbing options in the lower North Island.
He said "CentrePort is committed to remaining in the container trade and intends to spread its interests to remain a very relevant player in transport in central New Zealand.
"Container trade through Wellington continues to grow and was up again last year. We have invested heavily in state of the art facilities for the container trade and now have some of the highest productivity rates in the country. As New Zealand grows, we anticipate on-going trade and freight growth and we are planning for this accordingly".
Mr O'Keeffe said the on-going debate about port rationalisation lacked key information and seemed likely to generate more noise than substance. 'There will be changes, but their speed and nature is likely to be more subtle than dramatic.
"Ports are just one piece of the transport sector and should not be seen in isolation".
"In a long, thin country with dispersed population and cargo, we will continue to need a strong central New Zealand sea port and transport hub.
"Wellington is a growing and vibrant port and CentrePort intends to keep it that way through considered investment and the provision of market-focused services," Mr O'Keeffe said.