Formed in 1988 by New Zealand's Parliament, the Ports of Auckland Limited is owned by Auckland Regional Holdings which is accountable to the Auckland Regional Council. The Ports of Auckland owns about 20% of Northland Port Corporation (NZ) Limited. Northland has a 50% share in North Tugz Limited and a 27.5% share of United Containers Limited, one of the biggest container depot operators in New Zealand.
Ports of Auckland intends to be the best port in Australiasia, offering world-class performance. In order to best serve its customers, Ports of Auckland will provide outstanding products and services, generate appropriate profits, and endure over the coming years. Ports of Auckland is committed to offering the most competitive facilities and the most innovative supply-chain solutions in Australasia. Embracing the principles of sustainable business and environmental management, the Ports of Auckland intends to create a green, community-friendly, and efficient supply chain.
The Ports of Auckland consists of two seaports: one of the east coast near Auckland's central business district and the other on the west coast in Onehunga. Ports of Auckland Limited also manages the inland port at Wiri in South Auckland. Ports of Auckland has trade relationships with 164 ports in 67 countries around the world.
In 2008, over 1700 vessels called at the Ports of Auckland. The Ports of Auckland handled an all-time record of 840 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo and $23 billion in imports and exports. The Ports of Auckland also handled 3.6 million tons of non-containerized bulk and breakbulk cargoes that included over 173 thousand vehicles. The Ports of Auckland also served 70 cruise ship calls by 30 cruise liners in 2008.
The Ports of Auckland's general wharves, with three kilometers of berths, are used for breakbulk cargoes that include timber, steel, liquid and dry bulk, vehicles, and containers. They include seven wharves, six of them near the Auckland central business district and one in Onehunga on the Manukau Harbour. Many vessels calling at the Ports of Auckland's general wharves carry cargoes to/from the Pacific Islands. Ports of Auckland manages the wharves and berths and contracts with stevedoring companies for cargo-handling services.
The Ports of Auckland's Freyberg Wharf is a general purpose wharf with 426 meters of berths and 5.8 hectares for handling cargoes that include containers, general cargo, fruit and vegetables, steel, dry bulk, and vehicle imports. Jellicoe Wharf, a general purpose wharf, offers 670 meters of berths and 8.2 hectares for handling cargoes.
Marsden Wharf in the Ports of Auckland has 398 meters of berths and one hectare for handling imported vehicles. Captain Cook Wharf, also dedicated to imported vehicles, contains 478 meters of berths and 2.2 hectares for cargo-handling. Queens Wharf, used for the import of vehicles, timber, fruit and vegetables, is also the back-up berth for cruise ships. It offers 516 meters of berths, 3 hectares for cargo-handling, and 2300 square meters of cool storage. Wynard Wharf is a deep-water Ports of Auckland facility specializing in bulk liquid cargo including chemicals, minerals, fish, vegetable oils, bulk sand, petroleum products, and general cargo. It offers 486 meters of berths and one hectare of operating area.
The Ports of Auckland contains two world-class terminals for containers. Each terminal has ample cargo-handling equipment and state-of-the-art container tracking systems. They are both open 24 hours a day throughout the year. The Ports of Auckland are complemented by inland port at Wiri by on-site railway, giving customers many options for receiving and delivering goods. In proximity to Auckland's central business district, the Ports of Auckland container terminals have easy access to 33% of the country's consumers.
New Zealand's biggest and most advanced container terminal is the Fergusson Container Terminal. This Ports of Auckland terminal covers 32 hectares and contains 610 meters of berths. Equipped with five post-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, the Ports of Auckland is planning a 3.6-hectare expansion to the terminal and the addition of a third berth by 2016.
The Bledisloe Container Terminal in the Ports of Auckland covers 14.5 hectares, and it offers services for vessels needing quick-turnaround and for refrigerated containers. With 260 meters of berths, this Ports of Auckland container terminal also offers a third container ship berth, meaning that the Ports of Auckland can service more container ships at the same time than can any other port in New Zealand. Axis Pack provides specialized services for exports. It offers 8000 square meters for storing dry export cargo like timber and paper products.
The Ports of Auckland's road exchange, through three port gates, is always open. It serves the customers of the container terminals and general wharves as well as vehicle imports and on-wharf empty depots. The Ports of Auckland also operates New Zealand's most sophisticated intermodal rail exchange, composed of four 500-meter long parallel rail lines that can handle 128 wagons at a time. Heavy lift machinery facilitates container exchange. The inland port at Wiri will soon be connected by a direct connection as well.
A 15-hectare depot, the Ports of Auckland's Wiri Inland Port contains all the roads, yards, e-commerce, and customs functions expected of traditional seaports. Uninterrupted movement of containers between the Ports of Auckland and Wiri Inland Port are assured by a full security program. Wiri offers flexibility to cargo owners, including long-term cargo storage options, access to South Auckland's warehousing and manufacturing core, and ample storage space.