Road Closure Kingsford Quay East Access Rd 25th September 2017

Posted on 31/08/2017

Due to the commencement of the Calwell Slipway Remediation Project we wish to advise that access to Kingsford Quay East will be closed to the public, for vehicles and pedestrians from September 25th 2017 until March 2018. Access will be provided to staff and vessel owners of vessels berthed at Kingsford Quay East.  If you would like further informa...

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Port User Inductions

Posted on 20/07/2017

HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN Port Nelson has installed new contractor management software that allows us to better manage our contractor and Port User inductions. As of 1st October 2017 all Port users are required to have completed a Port induction. Anyone who has not received an induction will have to report to the Port gatehouse on Carkeek S...

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QuayConnect named as Green Ribbon Award finalist

Posted on 01/06/2017

Port Nelson has been named a finalist in the Resilience to Climate Change category in the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its innovative QuayConnect freight logistics model. Motivated to reduce fuel consumption and energy use across the company and provide supply chain improvements for customers in the Marlborough wine industry, Port Nelson establishe...

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QuayConnect in the running for a Deloitte Energy Excellence Award

Posted on 21/06/2017

Port Nelson has been announced as a finalist in the Large Energy User Initiative of the Year category in the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, less than two weeks after winning a national 2017 Green Ribbon Award. The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards ceremony will be held on 9th August in Auckland. Motivated to reduce fuel consumption and energy u...

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Admin Building Relocation

Posted on 22/05/2017

As of 22nd May 2017, the Port Nelson admin building will relocate from 10 Low Street, to 8 Vickerman Street, Port Nelson. All phone numbers and postal address will remain the same.

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Construction of the Port Nelson Workshop July 2016 - March 2017

Posted on 27/03/2017

The Port utilises a great variety of equipment from refrigerated containers to forklifts to containership cranes, as well as a number of buildings on site that all require maintenance. This complex work is carried out by the Port Nelson Workshop in any weather, at all hours of the day or night. Earlier this month the fourteen strong team of enginee...

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Port Nelson Community Open Day - 5th March 2017

Posted on 15/02/2017

11686 PN Open Day Web Graphic Feb17 The doors are open - come behind the scenes at Port Nelson Community Open Day Sunday 5 March   Every three years we offer a peek at the inner workings of Port Nelson. This year, there are many new things to see. Don’t miss out! Bring the entire family because there’s something for all ages.  What’s new Discover our 13,000m2 logistics facility Watch...

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Port Nelson Community Guided Snorkel Day Cable Bay

Posted on 09/01/2017

Snorkel day PNL Saturday 21st January 2017 Experiencing Marine Reserves and Port Nelson are offering a free community guided snorkelling experience on the edge of Horoirangi Marine Reserve at Cable Bay. Snorkel Guides will instruct you on how to snorkel and lead you on an under water snorkelling experience. Wetsuits, masks, snorkel, fins and floatation boards are ...

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Posted on 18/11/2016

port nelson tenders 3 REGISTRATIONS OF INTEREST – SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR SERVICES FOR DREDGING CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT, STABILISATION AND RECLAMATION CONSTRUCTION, CALWELL SLIPWAY REMEDIATION PROJECT, PORT NELSON. Port Nelson Limited (PNL) together with the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) invite Registrations of Interest from suitably qualified and experienced specialis...

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Port Nelson is Open and Operational

Posted on 14/11/2016

Further to last night’s earthquake we can confirm that no major damage was reported and we are operating as business as usual.   If you have any concerns, please use our Contact Page to contact the relevant person.

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Career Opportunities

Posted on 01/11/2016

See our Port Employment page for vacancies. At Port Nelson Ltd, irrespective of the position we hold, we all share our ASPIRE values and apply these in our daily working lives: Accountability - to be accountable for our actions, our performance and the outcome of these Safety - to act in a manner that prevents the risk of injury or danger Passion -...

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Be a "Harbourmaster" for a day - Colouring Competition

Posted on 27/09/2016

colouring comp portv2 Colour in and be in a chance to win to be a harbourmaster for a day! This colouring in competition is open to primary school aged children (ages 5-12). Winning entries will be announced on 31st October and contacted by phone and email. For more information, please download the poster and entry form.

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Media release: New tug commissioned by Port Nelson

Posted on 03/12/2015

Port Nelson Ltd announces that it has signed a contract with B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem to build and deliver an ASD 2310 Damen Azimuth stern drive Tugboat. The vessel is currently under construction at the Damen Shipyard in Changde China and is due for delivery in Nelson in August 2016. This vessel will be the first new tug to arrive at Port ...

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Our People

Posted on 01/12/2015

our people. We regularly profile our staff who will tell you a little bit about themselves as well as their role at the port.  To see more please visit Our People.

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Media release – Port Nelson reports a solid result for 2015 financial year

Posted on 28/09/2015

28 09 2015 9 20 02 a.m. Port Nelson Ltd has reported a solid result for the 2015 year with earnings before interest and tax of $12.2 million and a net profit after tax of $7.5 million. This was well above budget forecasts and only very slightly down on the $7.6 million achieved in the 2014 year, when the Port benefited from a significant repair project for the oil industr...

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Media release - new science and technology hub to support seafood industry

Posted on 24/07/2015

24 07 2015 9 47 19 a.m. Plant & Food Research has signed an agreement for Port Nelson to develop a purpose-built facility for its seafood research as part of a new collaborative industry hub. The new 2,300m2 facility, next to Plant & Food Research’s existing Maitai finfish facility that opened in 2014, will provide office and laboratory space for 38 research and support s...

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Weighbridge Relocation

Posted on 22/06/2015

  Port Nelson Ltd will shortly commence the construction of a new weighbridge facility to replace the existing facility on Wildman Ave.

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Career Opportunities

Posted on 22/06/2015

  See our Port Employment page for vacancies.   At Port Nelson Ltd, irrespective of the position we hold, we all share our ASPIRE values and apply these in our daily working lives: Accountability - to be accountable for our actions, our performance and the outcome of these Safety - to act in a manner that prevents the risk of injury or danger Passi...

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Tasman Bay Snapper Classic - 7 March 2015

Posted on 23/01/2015

TBSC pic Tasman Bay Snapper Classic Saturday, 7 March 2015 Register online Link for Poster and FAQ / fact sheet   To help sponsor the event or donate please contact Troy Dando on 027 312 2911 or email 2015 Tasman Bay Snapper Classic Charity of choice is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson.

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Interisland ferry ‘’Kaitaki’’ arrived in Nelson

Posted on 21/08/2014

Kaitaki Rail passenger ferry arriving port nelson 17th August 2014 Kiwrails’ flagship Interisland ferry ‘’Kaitaki’’ arrived in Nelson in the early hours on Sunday 17th of August for a weeks refit programme. At 182m long the ferry has the capacity to carry up to 1650 passengers as well as 1780 lane metres of car and truck cargo. Built in 1995 the vessel will be in port for a week for internal and engine refit work.

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Mission to Seafarers officially opens its new home at Port Nelson

Posted on 11/06/2014

Bp Richard Ellena cuts the tape The Mission to Seafarers has a new home at Port Nelson thanks to the support of its dedicated team of volunteers and multi-year operational grant from the Nelson City Council and the Port itself providing premises at its Low St offices. The Mission’s new facilities were opened on 5 June by the Bishop of Nelson Richard Ellena at a gathering attended...

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Winners of Open Day Competition

Posted on 27/03/2014

Huxtable family As part of its recent Port Open Day, Port Nelson in conjunction with The Radio Network ran a competition in which online entrants could win a boat tour of the Port as well as lunch at a local restaurant. The Huxtable family were the lucky winners and on Sunday the 23rd of March were taken on a 1 hour tour on the vessel "Punawai", skippered by Deput...

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Public Open Day - 9 March 2014

Posted on 11/02/2014

Port Open Day Port Nelson will be holding a public open day on Sunday, 9 March, 2014. Members of the public are welcome to come along to the Port between 10am and 4pm. “The Open Day is a great opportunity to see inside the secure Port areas which are normally inaccessible to the public,” says Port Nelson’s Customer Relations and Business Development Manager, Rob...

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''Oceanic Discoverer'' in Port for maintenance

Posted on 30/01/2014

Oceanic Discoverer 3 A slightly unusual recent visitor to the port has been the ''Oceanic Discoverer'', which berthed on the 20th of January and is here for three weeks for maintenance.  The 63m, 2000GT vessel is owned by Coral Princess Cruises and carries a maximum of 72 passengers and 25 crew on luxury itineraries throughout Australias' ''Top End'' and Great Barrier ...

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Old bell restored for memorial garden

Posted on 10/01/2014

Memorial garden bell 1 Alongside the tug berths inside the security gates at Port Nelson sits a small memorial garden, an island of green amongst the concrete and containers. A recent addition to the garden has been a bell complete with stand. The bell was first resident at the port in 1870 and was recently rediscovered and restored by Port Nelson workshop staff. The sta...

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Tall ship "Lord Nelson"

Posted on 19/11/2013

Lord Nelson Saturday the 16th of November saw the arrival of the 3 masted, 53m long tall ship "Lord Nelson’’ into Nelson. Operated by the England based Jubilee Sailing Trust, the vessel sails the world with a crew of able bodied and disabled sailors, giving sailors with disabilities a chance to experience a challenging marine environment and to test themselves...

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Long awaited arrival of FPSO "Raroa"

Posted on 01/11/2013

Raroa outside 1 The afternoon of Sunday, 27 October saw the long awaited arrival into port of the FPSO "Raroa". After being towed the 80km’s from the Maari oilfield off Taranaki, the ship was forced to wait a number of days for weather and tide conditions to coincide for a safe entry. Guided into port by five tugs, and at 252m long and 42m wide, the converted tank...

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Visits from support vessels for "Raroa" project

Posted on 23/10/2013

SAM 2 A couple of interesting visits from support vessels for the "Raroa" project recently.  The AHV (Anchor handling vessel) "Skandi Hercules" arrived last weekend.  At 109m long x 42m wide, the 8200GRT vessel is the second largest in its class worldwide.  Arriving shortly after was the "Pacific Ranger", another AHV slightly smaller at 64m long x 16m wi...

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Calwell Slipway Remediation Project website launched

Posted on 04/09/2017

Keep up to date with the progress of the Calwell Slipway Remediation Project through our brand new, dedicated website that launched today.   This project will remove and stabilise contaminated marine sediments from the Calwell Slipway Basin, preventing them migrating to other areas of Nelson Haven. It will restore navigabilit...

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Loggersports weekend, 2-3 November

Posted on 21/10/2013

21 10 2013 4 01 48 p.m. The logging industry is a vital part of the Nelson regional economy, and Port Nelson is therefore proud to support the annual Loggersport’s weekend this year. Held at Pigeon Valley over the weekend of 2-3 November, the event offers working logging exhibitions, vintage machinery and logging based competions. Click here to listen to radio advert.

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Port Nelson reports a positive result for 2012/13 year

Posted on 27/09/2013

27 09 2013 3 42 25 p.m. Port Nelson Limited (PNL) has reported a positive result for the 2012/13 year with earnings before interest and tax of $12.1 million and an overall net profit after tax of $7.1 million. PNL Chairman Nick Patterson reported to shareholders at the company’s AGM today (27 September) that the Port had kept its expenses within budgeted levels despite op...

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Raroa to head to Nelson for upgrade

Posted on 23/09/2013

Raroa Port Nelson is delighted to announce that the 250m FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel "Raroa" will visit the port in the future for an extensive refurbishment programme.  See attached article.

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Milestone reached with 200,000th tonne of cargo

Posted on 07/05/2013

anatoki wga2 Coastal Bulk Shippings’ ‘MV Anatoki’ recently passed a milestone when it arrived in Nelson carrying it’s 200,000th tonne of cargo on the New Zealand coast. In this case it was a load of urea, one of a four voyage consignment due into Nelson over a 2 week period. The 52m long vessel was built in Japan in 1992, and has been active on the New Zealand ...

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Heavy lift vessel recently in Port

Posted on 27/06/2013

AAL Pusan On Friday 21st June Austral Asia Line’s "AAL Pusan" made a one off call to Port Nelson.  The 194m long, 32,000 Tonne vessel was in port to discharge the second 117 tonne transformer for the Marsden Valley substation project, as well as a consignment of steel ultimately bound for Christchurch.  Singapore based Austral Asia Line operate a fleet of mu...

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Proud supporters of FC Nelson

Posted on 17/06/2013

FC Nelson women Following the defeat of a Universities team at home as part of their ASB Womens Knockout Cup, FC Nelson ladies team was given an additional chance of an away game in Christchurch against Cashmere Tech ladies. Despite the wet and slippery conditions, the team battled well, going down eventually 5-1. It was a great experience for the team to play at ...

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New wharf equipment

Posted on 19/04/2013

Gough Group 13 03 08 0B7C1027 Port Nelson recently took delivery of 2 new Full Container Handlers, used in the loading, unloading and stacking of containers.  The two Hyster H52.00XM machines replaced two existing Hysters that had been in service since 1995 and 1998.  The new machines have stage IIIB engines, which have significantly reduced air emissions and fuel consumption. ...

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Posted on 18/04/2013

seaweek3 SeaWeek is an annual event run by the NZ Association for Environmental Education allowing people to come together and celebrate the sea.  This year the theme was “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas – Healthy People”.  The PNL Environmental Officer Thomas Marchant hosted tours of school children into the operational area of the Port, ...

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Sophisticated expedition vessel recently in Port

Posted on 28/03/2013

28 03 2013 12 55 23 p.m. Port Nelson was recently host to one of the worlds most sophisticated expedition vessels in the form of the MV Alucia. The 56m vessel spent 4 days in Nelson for crew R and R, following missions filming great white sharks off Stewart Island and tagging whales off Kaikoura.  With a crew of 26, the ship carries three deep diving submersibles as well a...

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Quaypack handles pipes weighing over 2 tonnes each

Posted on 15/03/2013

Pipes1 This week saw slightly novel activity on-port as Quaypack, Port Nelsons’ on-wharf container packing and unpacking service, devanned twenty one 40’ containers of pipes destined for a sewerage project in Marlborough.  At 12m long and over two tonnes in weight, each pipe had to be carefully removed from its container using a special probe and then loa...

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Double lift required for 170 tonnes

Posted on 05/03/2013

Kwantung heavylift On Sunday the 3rd of March Swire Shipping vessel "Kwantung" came alongside in Nelson, on a one off call to discharge a special piece of cargo. Onboard from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea was a transformer for the Marsden Valley substation in Nelson. Weighing in at 170 tonnes, the transformer required a double lift, with two of Port Nelson’s thre...

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Luxury cruise ship visit

Posted on 12/02/2013

Europa coming through the Cut Tuesday 12th of February 2013 saw the arrival of Hapag Lloyd’s  MV Europa, a 198m luxury cruise vessel carrying 405 German passengers. Complete with 285 crew, the vessel was alongside long enough to disembark passengers for helicopter flights, bus tours and sightseeing. Passengers visited local art galleries and craft studios, with many bussing to ...

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Wharf-Side Technology

Posted on 16/01/2013

using the log tablet Data recording on the wharf has always been a challenge-out in all weathers; it has traditionally consisted of a stevedore, pencil and clipboard. After much discussion with one of their valued clients, Port Nelson believes it has provided a solution that both captures real time data in any weather and will ultimately provide customers with a seamle...

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New Coastal Ship to Boost Freight Capacity

Posted on 09/01/2013

Tini 1 Large Spirit of Independence, Pacifica Shipping’s newest addition to it’s coastal fleet, made it’s maiden call to Nelson on the 19th of December 2012. With a TEU capacity of 672 containers, the new vessel is 40% bigger, faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor 'Spirit of Resolution'. The vessel will provide scheduled weekly calls to Auckland, ...

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2012 Business Awards

Posted on 14/11/2012

  The Westpac Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business Awards was held on Friday 2nd November. Port Nelson Ltd has sponsored the Large Business Award for several years and is proud to be associated with these awards and helping recognise local companies, their people and their achievements in New Zealand business. The winner of the Port Nels...

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Posted on 06/09/2012

Untitled 5 Paper4trees – Helping kiwi kids take responsibility for recycling Port Nelson Ltd has just taken up the Nelson Tasman sponsorship of Paper4trees, a nationwide programme that provides schools and preschools with resources to set up paper and cardboard recycling systems. Paper4trees programme manager Cayley Manson said participating schools and presc...

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Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award

Posted on 09/06/2017

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 9 June 2017 Port Nelson wins national accolade after cutting truck hours on the road by 10,000 hours Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award Port Nelson is celebrating today after winning the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its QuayConnect freight logistics mo...

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Media Release - Site Works Begin on Calwell Slipway Remediation Project

Posted on 04/12/2017

Site works with the objective of cleaning up contamination have begun on the Calwell Slipway Remediation Project at Port Nelson.  Regularly used since 1970, historical ship repair work has contaminated the marine sediment over the years prior to the RMA, with tributyltin and copper being the main contaminants of concern.  The objective of the proje...

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