Ports of Auckland welcomes ‘pragmatic, workable’ compromise

Press Release – Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland welcomes ‘pragmatic, workable’ compromise over wharf extensions

Ports of Auckland welcomes today’s decision by Auckland Council’s Governing Body to support a compromise proposal to proceed with construction of one wharf extension and put the other on hold.

“The proposal is a compromise”, said Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson, “it’s not our preferred outcome because of the impact on the cruise industry, however it is a pragmatic, workable solution to the current problem. It allows the port to continue to handle Auckland’s growing freight needs in the short term, while the long-term future of the port is debated.”

Under the proposal Ports of Auckland will continue building the eastern extension (B2) but put on hold construction of the western extension (B3) until after the Port Future Study is completed. This proposal addresses a number of community concerns, especially around sight lines from Queens Wharf, while providing sufficient berth space for current freight needs and growth in the immediate future.

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