THE 30-YEAR master plan of Napier Port, “Building Future Connections”has been released along with a sustainability framework. Together they provide a vision for how Napier Port plans to support sustainable growth and achieve an efficient supply chain for its customers and the Hawke’s Bay region long-term.

In the 2018 financial year, Napier Ports received 680+ ships, managed more than five million tonnes of cargo and 260,000 TEU of dry and refrigerated containerised cargo. It received more than 70 cruise ships during the 2018/19 season, the largest of which was 348 metres.

Napier Port chief Todd Dawson says the master plan shows the port is in a good position to handle cargo growth and larger ship sizes.

“We consulted with customers, the community and other stakeholders about what they need from us and what the future looks like for them. We also looked at different trade scenarios and the future of the shipping industry.

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“This work validated a number of projects already underway: building 6 Wharf by the end of 2022, developing our inland freight hubs and the recent arrival of our third tug.

“Beyond the next 10 years, there are options we can explore to seize future opportunities and keep pace with growth,” he said.

The second of the documents, the Sustainability Framework is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and outlines where Napier Port plans to focus its environmental, and social efforts.

“We’re proud of the work we are already doing to address sustainability challenges and opportunities. The framework documents some of that existing work while looking at where we can focus our future efforts locally to advance international issues such as equality, climate change, biodiversity, biosecurity, water management and economic growth,” Mr Dawson said.

Feedback will be used to inform the final master plan and a comprehensive sustainability strategy that will be released next year.

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