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CEO’s Update December 2014

Posted on 10/12/2014


ceo2 As we approach the end of another busy year, last month’s weather events reminded us that no matter how technologically advanced we have become in many areas, we are still often at the mercy of Mother Nature’s whims. The local horticulture industry has battled back well from a number of challenges over the last decade, including the high NZ dollar,...

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Interislander vessel visits for wet docking work

Posted on 10/10/2014


kaitaki3 Interislander ferry the Kaitaki was in Port for eight days in August for internal and external paint work and refurbishment of some of the passenger accommodation on the vessel. Local company Diverse Engineering were project managers for work undertaken during the visit. Port Nelson hosted the Arahura for a similar project in 2010 and Port Nelson’s...

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Mission to Seafarers settled into new home

Posted on 10/12/2014


mission to seafarers nov14 The Mission to Seafarers is now settled into its new home next to Port Nelson’s Low St offices, following an official opening conducted by the Bishop of Nelson, Richard Ellena, in June. The Mission’s new home was made possible with the support of its dedicated volunteers, a multi-year operational grant from the Nelson City Council and Port Nelson L...

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson benefits from annual charity golf tournament

Posted on 10/12/2014


charity golf The 11th annual Nelson Port and Transport Industry Charity Golf Tournament was held at Nelson Golf Course on 20 November with funds raised going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson. Teams from Port Nelson’s local suppliers, customers, staff and shipping and transport companies took part in the tournament. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson provid...

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QuayPack offers new wine bottle storage service

Posted on 10/12/2014


quaypack QuayPack has expanded its cargo consolidation service at Port Nelson to include wine bottle storage. Shed 8, formerly leased for urea transfer, is now being used to house more than 2,000 pallets of bottles for glass and packaging companies Chandler Resources and Orora Beverages. Bottle and packaging storage and distribution for Moa Brewing will als...

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First cruise ship visit for the 2014-2015 season

Posted on 10/12/2014


caledonian sky The first cruise ship of the 2014-2015 season visited Port Nelson on Saturday, 6 December when the Caledonian Sky arrived for a short call. Built in 1991 the 91m-long vessel is owned by Noble Caledonia and carried some 107 passengers and 78 crew. The ship had spent time in Milford Sound before travelling up the West Coast - arriving in Golden Bay o...

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CEO's Report March 2014

Posted on 31/03/2014


ceo2 We recently held our first Port Open Day for three years. We were delighted that more than 2,000 people took up the opportunity to attend and showed such a high level of interest in what goes on within our operational area. Working here day to day you can often get a little blasé about the comings and goings of vessels and the size and variety of m...

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Crowds flock to Port Nelson Open Day

Posted on 31/03/2014


open day1 sm More than 2,000 people attended Port Nelson’s Open Day on Sunday, 9 March. The Open Day is a tri-annual event and provided visitors with a great opportunity to have a first-hand look inside the secure Port areas that are normally inaccessible to the public. “The Port has a marked influence on the region but most people never have the opportunity fo...

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'MV Seabourn Sojourn' warmly welcomed

Posted on 31/03/2014


soujourn sm Nelson welcomed the 198-metre luxury cruise ship 'MV Seabourn Sojourn' in February. The ship, which carries 450 passengers and 330 crewmembers, berthed at Port Nelson for the day on 4 February. More than 100 passengers took tours of the region including wine and art experiences, a trip to Happy Valley Adventures and enjoyed the highlights of the Ab...

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Unusual vessels pay a visit

Posted on 25/03/2014


unusual vessels sm Port Nelson has seen some unusual vessels passing across its wharves recently, including a Powercat launch bound for Melbourne where it will enter into service with the Victoria Police Force. The 19-tonne launch was built by Q-West Boat Builders in Wanganui and has a beam of 5.6m and a height of 5.5m (with its mast hinged down). A slightly out of t...

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New Hyster adds to enhanced Port fleet profile

Posted on 31/03/2014


hyster sm Port Nelson’s fleet profile has been enhanced with the arrival of a new Hyster Empty Container Handler. The Hyster was delivered on 10 February and was assembled in the Port workshop in time to help with preparations for the upcoming fruit season. “Our fleet profile is looking really good and it certainly makes life easier, especially during busy t...

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Ready for another bumper fruit season

Posted on 31/03/2014


fruit season sm Preparations for the upcoming fruit export season have been in full swing since the start of the year with 40-foot containers being readied and stacked at the Port. “We have good volumes of 40-foot containers available and will continue to build on that number so that we are well prepared to supply containers to customers,” says Port Nelson’s Termi...

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CEO's Report December 2013

Posted on 17/12/2013


ceo2 We recently held our first Port Open Day for three years. We were delighted that more than 2,000 people took up the opportunity to attend and showed such a high level of interest in what goes on within our operational area. Working here day to day you can often get a little blasé about the comings and goings of vessels and the size and variety of m...

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QuayPack team thinks outside the box

Posted on 17/12/2013


quaypack ezinedec13 QuayPack is Port Nelson’s dedicated on-site cargo consolidation service. While many customers know about its work consolidating timber and wine into containers for export, including using purpose-fitted containers with bladders for bulk wine, many people might not be aware of some of QuayPack’s more inventive work with quirkier cargoes. Recent unus...

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Raroa contract completed ahead of schedule

Posted on 17/12/2013


raroa1 Port Nelson’s work on the visiting vessel the FPSO Raroa during October and November was completed ahead of schedule and without a hitch, The 252m long and 42m wide vessel is the largest vessel to have ever entered the Port. The Raroa was towed from the Maari oilfield off Taranaki and waited for the right weather and tide conditions for entering Po...

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Port Nelson BA5 a hit with Nelson/Tasman Chamber of Commerce members

Posted on 17/12/2013


Port Nelson recently hosted a very well attended Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Five (BA5) event. The event provided an opportunity for chamber members to network informally and learn about the operational side of Port Nelson. More than 100 Chamber members from all industries attended. “The event was a huge success,” said the Ch...

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Port Nelson Public Open Day scheduled for Sunday, 9 March next year

Posted on 17/12/2013


The next Port Nelson Public Open Day will be held on Sunday, 9 March next year. The Port holds a public open day every three years where locals and visitors can come into the Port area and get an inside look at the Port facilities and operations. Event details will be posted on the Port website and promoted in local media closer to the time. The 20...

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