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Shipping Route Details

The shipping lines that call into Port Nelson utilise a variety of routes importing and exporting goods.  

Swires Shipping 

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Mediterranean Shipping Company 

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Maersk Line 

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Pacifica Shipping 

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Port Nelson Cargo

Tasman and Marlborough districts produce a number of primary commodities which are exported to global markets. 67% of Port Nelson’s volume are exported and 33% are imported. Given its reasonably isolated location, the Port serves an extremely important function – to facilitate the region’s prosperity.

Major export commodities from the top of the South Island include forestry products (logs, sawn and processed lumber), seafood, pip fruit and wine. Port Nelson is the largest seafood processing port in Australasia, supporting and catering to the needs of some of New Zealand’s main seafood companies and associated fishing fleets, including the engineering sector that supports the industry.  

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 Nelson/Tasman is also the second-largest apple growing region in the country, with approximately 28% of the total apple crop being produced here and exported around the world. Approximately 70% of New Zealand’s wine is produced in Marlborough, making Port Nelson a vital link in the wine industry’s supply chain. The main import commodities to Port Nelson are fuel and vehicles, both second-hand and new. Honda’s national distribution plant is located in Stoke, Nelson. The natural cargo catchment for Port Nelson is the top of the South Island, stretching as far southeast as Seddon and across to the West Coast. 


Find out more about the requirements of importing and exporting Dangerous Goods at Port Nelson here

Large Vessel Policy

Vessels of between 200m and 225m in length, calling at Port Nelson will be handled subject to a Formal Risk Assessment carried out by the Harbour Master and Port Nelson Ltd. Pilot(s). This Risk Assessment may also include tug masters, port infrastructure staff, stevedoring staff. 

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Vessels of greater than 225m in length will be handled subject to a Formal Risk Assessment and Simulation on the Australian Maritime Colleges ship simulator by the Harbour Master and/or Port Nelson Ltd. Pilot(s).