Regeneration Initiative

Thorndon Container Wharf reinstatement

The reinstatement of the quake-damaged Thorndon Container Wharf is nearing completion.

Work has progressed well on the $38.6 million regeneration project, which will double the length of the area where the gantry cranes can operate. This will increase our capacity to load and unload freight on the port’s main container facility and better serve our customers.

The original 585-metre container wharf was severely damaged in the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, and since then it has operated on a significantly reduced 126-metre section of the wharf.

This year we have been working to double this to 261 metres, as well as creating a more resilient wharf through new stone column piling and other ground improvements. We’re on course to complete this work by early 2022.

“It’s exciting to see work on the container berth nearly complete – we’ll soon be back in the game and a fully functioning port again. One of the things this will represent to the freight industry is additional capacity – and no-one else is going to bring additional capacity to the table.”

– Andrew Locke, GM Commercial

When complete, not only will the project have improved the efficiency of our operations, but the works will have considerably extended the life of the wharf.


Bubble curtain protects marine life

CentrePort recognised that the sound created by the placement of concrete pillars during the wharf reinstatement project posed a risk to marine animals in the harbour.

Underwater sound can damage the sonar systems of dolphins and whales and affect their ability to navigate, communicate and find food.

We worked with our construction contractors to create an underwater ‘bubble curtain’, which is a system of pipes that pump out air, creating bubbles that absorb the energy of the sound waves created when a pile is struck.

We were the first port in the country to apply a bubble curtain to mitigate the environmental impacts of underwater construction sounds.