Napier Port celebrates important milestone

Napier Port’s 6 Wharf project recently reached another important milestone with the completion of all 400 piles.

These piles – each driven up to 35 metres into the underlying sandstone rock – form the basis of the foundation support for the new wharf.

“Our 6 Wharf contractor – HEB Construction, first started piling back in March 2020. We didn’t get too far before construction was halted for a month and a half when New Zealand went into its first Alert Level 4 lockdown,” the company said. “The 6 Wharf team did a fantastic job making up for lost time once the lockdown lifted and the entire project remains on track and on time.”

Napier Port and their contractors continue to work on 6 Wharf with appropriate health and safety protocols in place. With the end of the 2021 financial year approaching, here’s a quick snapshot of where things are at with some of the key activities:


  • 21 of 31 deck pours


  • Almost 900,000 m3 dredged of a total of around 1.3M m3, with no exceedance of water quality limits at Pania Reef.


  • All 10 MoorMaster vacuum-mooring units have now arrived from Italy. These advanced mooring units will increase mooring speed and berth availability, reduce time in port and improve our people’s safety.


  • Construction of the substation foundations is complete and the building is now in place being fitted out with the switchboard.

The company also noted that the dredging programme for 6 Wharf is progressing very well, with Stage One on track for completion in early 2022. The port has recently produced a video to provide an inside look at the port’s dredging operations, how the process has evolved over time and the important work they’re doing to manage and monitor the impacts.

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Photo: Napier Port