Transshipment volumes over the past five years at the New Zealand Port of Tauranga have grown from 4.8 per cent to 8.6 per cent of the port's total tonnage, representing 15.1 per cent of total container volume.
"We believe that Tauranga with its big ship [6,500-TEU] capability will in the future be a major hub, with transshipping becoming a significant feature. All planning for terminal expansion takes account for all types of movements, but we are factoring in the significant growth in transhipments - not only in respect to yard space but also reefer points," commercial manager Graeme Marshall was quoted as saying in a report by UK's Port Strategy.
As for the Ports of Auckland, volumes have increased an average three per cent year on year over the past few years, and now transhipments represent about a quarter of total throughput.
Auckland sales and marketing manager Craig Sain says his port is well placed to support bigger vessels to meet rising demand for greater supply chain optimisation driven by shipping line consolidations and vessel-sharing agreements.
"Such rationalisation results in fewer ports of call on the bigger services and increased connectivity between services to enable the feedering of imports/exports and empty distribution between the various ports," Mr Sain said.