|CentrePort Welcomes Arrival of Kaiarahi to Wellington|
|Wednesday, 23 September 2015 08:45|
The arrival of Interislander’s new ferry Kaiarahi is another positive development for Wellington and the central region of New Zealand, CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe says.
“The investment in Kaiarahi is a vote of confidence in the growth of freight trade between the North and South islands”.
“The new ferry also represents the ongoing trend toward bigger ships that are needed to support the growing freight task in the central region, which is expected to increase by 49% over the next 30 years.”
Mr O’Keeffe said Interislander’s investment complements the government’s investment in road and rail connecting Wellington with the central region. It is also consistent with CentrePort’s own investments in infrastructure and transport hubs and services to support trade in the region.
“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with InterIslander and KiwiRail to deliver efficient services to freight customers and passengers”.
Note to editors
CentrePort is one of the largest seaports in New Zealand, and moves $3.5 billion worth of cargo each year.
It is 76.4% owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council and 23.6% by Horizons Regional Council.