South Port New Zealand Ltd (South Port) is the southernmost commercial port in New Zealand, located at Bluff and operating on a year-round, 24 hour basis.
It is situated in the highly productive province of Southland which is responsible for producing a sizeable proportion of New Zealand’s total exports by value. The region’s major exporters are all situated within 80km of the port.
The Port of Bluff has been operating since 1877. The company South Port Ltd was formed in 1988, having taken over the assets and liabilities of the former Southland Harbour Board.
South Port was listed on the New Zealand stock exchange (NZX) in 1994 and has Environment Southland, the region’s local government environmental agency, as it’s 66% majority shareholder. It is the only Southland-based company listed on NZX. To find out more about South Port Shareholders, click here.
South Port is one of the major employers in the region, governed by a board of six independent directors and employing over 100 full time equivalent staff.
The port handles over 3 million tonnes of import and export cargo in a normal trading year, offering full container, break bulk and bulk cargo capability and services the main following cargoes:
- Import - alumina, petroleum products, fertiliser, acid, stock food and cement
- Export - aluminium, timber, logs, dairy, meat by-products, fish and woodchips
South Port established its off-port Intermodal Freight Centre (IFC) in July 2016. Strategically located adjacent to the KiwiRail railhead in Invercargill, the IFC allows importers and exporters in the Southland and Otago regions to distribute their products in a timely and efficient manner.