CentrePort Wellington is the port authority for the Port of Wellington. New Zealand depends on its seaports to be connected to the rest of the world. The Port of Wellington supports both regional and national economic prosperity. In 2005, the Port of Wellington handled a record 89 thousand TEUs and 10.3 million tons of cargo carried on over 5000 vessels.
The Port of Wellington and CentrePort are strategically positioned, with access to both east and west New Zealand, in an excellent sheltered natural deep-water harbor. Not only is the Port of Wellington connected to the rest of North Island by the nationals rail and highway networks, it is connected to South Island through the inter-island ferries located within the port.
The Port of Wellington contains conventional cargo wharves, a fully-equipped modern Container Terminal, and an international cruise terminal. It also offers the latest cold stores, container repair and storage, and specialized services and facilities to handle and store a wide range of cargo types.
The Port of Wellington Container Terminal has two berths of 293 meters in length that can accommodate vessels with 11 meters (Berth 1) and 10.7 meters (Berth 2) draft. There is no limit on the length of vessels using the berths. The terminal can accommodate 2200 TEUs and has capacity for 800 refrigerated containers.
Since the early 1970s when the CentrePort container terminal was inaugurated, the Port of Wellington has had one of the best refrigerated cargo-handling facilities in the country. Cargo is monitored 24 hours a day, and CentrePort has implemented procedures for handling chilled cargoes. The terminal is served by two rail lines, each with capacity to hold 18 wagons. The Container Terminal also handles breakbulk and project cargoes that include yachts, transformers, heavy machinery, and heavy lifts.
The Container Depot at the Port of Wellington is operated by Transport Systems 2000 Limited, a joint venture between United Containers Limited and CentrePort. The rail siding has capacity for 60 wagons carrying 120 TEUs. The Depot contains 2.5 hectares of storage capacity for 3000 TEUs. The facilities include space for covered repairs, washing facilities for 180 TEUs, and a reefer pre-trip facility for 68 TEUs.
CentrePort and the Port of Wellington support a busy cruise traffic. The Port of Wellington offers many activities for cruise passengers, and the cruise terminal is near the city center. The International Cruise Terminal offers the full range of services including 24-hour security, border control inspections, entertainment, and baggage-handling.