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.”

PROGRESS UPDATE
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:

DECK POURS

  • 21 of 31 deck pours

DREDGING

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

MOORMASTER UNITS ARRIVED

  • 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.

SUBSTATION BUILD AND PAVEMENT WORKS

  • 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