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New Zealand: Port of Tauranga secures approval for dredging

News // March 5, 2013

Port of Tauranga in New Zealand will soon be welcoming larger cargo and cruise ships after it won approval to widen and deepen its shipping channels.

www.stuff.co.nz reports that after four years of resource consent wrangling the conservation minister has given the country's biggest port the green light to begin the dredging project - part of a NZ$170 million capital expenditure programme to improve capacity and productivity at the port.

The project will widen and deepen the channel, from 12.9m to 16m deep at low water. Once completed, it will allow ships of up to 347m in length and with a draught of up to 14.5m to visit the harbour.

Stuff said the first stage will begin later this year and cost NZ$40-$50 million. It will allow ships with a capacity of 5,000 to 6,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers to access the port. 

 

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