The Port of Napier Ltd. is the port authority for the port. Located on the southwestern shores of Hawke’s Bay, the Port of Napier is close to the busiest New Zealand shipping lane and convenient to the surrounding agricultural region.
In 2008, the Port of Napier served 667 vessels and handled 3.2 million tons of cargo, including 2.2 million tons of exports dominated by forest products. Imports of 972 thousand tons included oil, molasses, and fertilizer, but the Port of Napier also imported its first palm kernel in 2008. In 2008, the Port of Napier handled a total of 167.2 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo.
The Port of Napier is fully-equipped to handle all types of cargoes. It is open for business 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Container Terminal focuses on refrigerated products, although it handles all kinds of cargo. The Port of Napier also has facilities to handle non-containerized cargoes like logs, cement, bulk liquids, woodchips, oil products, fertilizers, vehicles, forestry products, and foodstuffs. The central cargo-warehousing area is called Port Pack, affording ship-side packing and presenting services to its customers with covered all-weather packing areas.
The Port of Napier contains specialized facilities to handle and store dry, bulk, and unit cargoes. Fertilizers, rock phosphate, and sulfur are handled at Higgins Wharf. The wharf includes two storage sheds. Shed No. 8 has capacity for 38 thousand cubic meters of rock phosphate, and Shed No. 10 can store 28 thousand cubic meters of general fertilizer. Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-op Ltd. leases both sheds. Ravensdown Fertiliser also operates two 2500-ton capacity tanks for sulfuric acid.
The Port of Napier’s Wharf No. 1 is a log-loading berth with a 4.15 hectare reclamation area for storage located behind the berth. Pan Pac Forest Products operates a woodchip facility at the Port of Napier with a stockpile yard of about 1.2 hectares.
The liquid bulk wharves at the Port of Napier handle tallow and edible oils. The wharves are connected to storage areas by heated pipelines with a load-out rate of 350 tons per hour. With direct road and rail connections, the tank farm operated by Pacific Terminals Ltd. has capacity to store 6450 tons, and drumming facilities are available.
The Port of Napier’s petroleum wharves are connected to storage tanks by pipelines. The port company provides safety fence and tanker watchmen, and independent oil companies located in Ahuriri, Napier operate the wharves.
The bitumen discharge point for the Port of Napier is at Wharf 2 South, which has capacity to store five thousand tons in tanks that are operated by Belspray Bitument. The wharf is equipped for direct load-out to both road and rail.