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Fuel and ferries

Fuel trade holds steady

There has been a slight uplift in fuel figures this year in the face of continued flux in demand.

Demand for fuel has wavered in the past year, with a surge in the months following the nation-wide lockdown then a return to more normal levels in the latter half of the year.

There is still a lower-than-usual demand for aviation fuels, with fewer planes in the air due to COVID-19-related restrictions on international travel.

The year has finished 2 percent up on last year and 1 percent ahead of budget.

CentrePort is working closely with users of the Seaview Wharf to ensure the development work at the facility will meet their needs and the wharf is well set up for the future.

“What COVID-19 has taught us is to be flexible and adaptable. This will help us face future challenges like how the facility at Seaview will handle alternative, greener fuels such as biofuels and hydrogen. We’ve already created the potential for us to move a greater range of fuels.”

– Andrew Steele, GM Ferries and Bulk


CentrePort provides the land infrastructure to support the ferry services between the North and South Islands. The ferry route across Cook Strait effectively forms part of State Highway 1 and transports more than a million passengers and $20 billion of freight each year.

The two ferry operators – Interislander and StraitNZ Bluebridge – have experienced something of a rollercoaster year, with demand surging and waning and often unpredictably due to the impacts of COVID-19.

However, the services have continued to provide an essential ‘wet link’ for State Highway 1 across Cook Strait, keeping vital cargo moving and transporting people between the North and South Islands.

CentrePort has continued to invest in the assets that support the ferry services. This has included the resilience works on Kings Wharf, and preparing the former BNZ building site as a vehicle marshalling facility (due for completion by late 2021).

Ferry precinct plans

The long-term regeneration plan incorporates the Future Ports Forum plans for a multi-user ferry precinct at Kaiwharawhara.

The precinct will provide facilities in a single location for both of the Cook Strait ferry services.

The redesign will create a better traveller experience and a more streamlined transport flow into and out of the precinct.

The first implementation phase will be the development of infrastructure to accommodate KiwiRail’s new rail ferries, in time for the first new ferry’s arrival in 2025.

Planning for the new precinct is being guided by the forum, which in addition to CentrePort is made up of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington City Council, Waka Kotahi, KiwiRail (Interislander) and StraitNZ Bluebridge.