Regeneration Initiative

Rail onto Port

For the first time in four years, containers can reach port directly by rail.

The newly reinstated rail onto port facility means a faster and more efficient journey for our customers’ freight.

The 2016 Kaikōura earthquake damaged several areas of the port, including the infrastructure to move container cargo straight to port by rail. Until this year cargo was trucked (‘road bridged’) by road from a nearby rail yard for the final leg to port.

The restoration of the rail onto port facility has brought costs down, reduced carbon emissions from truck use, enhanced safety and created a more seamless transit of freight through a better track layout. It’s also helped to lift morale.

“This has been huge for us for so many reasons – both operationally and psychologically. To be actually handling the cargo ourselves has been a real boost, and we can do better for our customers through having more control over timeframes and being more flexible.”

– Andrew Locke, GM Commercial

This project was completed in partnership with New Zealand Green Investment Finance, which has provided $15 million in finance to CentrePort for low-carbon projects.