Located in Bluff Harbour, at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, South Port is New Zealand’s southernmost commercial deep water port.
From its base on the 40ha man-made Island Harbour, South Port is proud to provide a full range of marine services, cargo and container shipping, and on-site warehousing for domestic and international customers. The port is ideally situated to service Southland’s significant export and import industries including aluminium, timber, fisheries, dairy, meat, wood chips, stock food, cement, alumina, fertiliser and petroleum products.
South Port prides itself on adding value to its import and export customers, providing customised solutions to meet their needs and partnering with them to achieve their operational objectives.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff is paramount, and we have been working tirelessly over the past 2 weeks to put in place measures to protect our staff and meet the Ministry of Health guidelines for Covid-19.
A lot has happened since the the country moved from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 4 within a 48-hour period.
Alert Level 4 has brought about the following changes at the Port:
- South Port has suspended all shore leave for International vessels calling at the Port while we operate under Alert Level 4.
- All staff that can work at home have been sent home.
- Only essential goods can be handled.
- All goods at South Port will continue to be handled across the wharves with the exception of woodchips and logs, which at this point have been classified as non‑essential goods.
- What constitutes an essential businesses has been a hot topic however the Government has provided recent guidelines that can be located at: https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses/
- Unfortunately all community engagement activities have been postponed until circumstances change and can be recommenced.
Only essential construction work can be carried out to ensure the continuity of our business.
As mentioned in previous communications the bridge maintenance will continue as this is the only accessway to the Port and must remain operational during the pandemic to ensure the movement of essential cargoes.
In the coming weeks a contractor will be visiting the Port to undertake important dredging work in the harbour and alongside our berths. This activity is required every 10 to 12 years and it is essential that this work is carried out to ensure the navigational safety of vessels coming to and leaving the Port. The crew will remain isolated on the vessel for the duration of the visit (note there will be a crew change however this will be controlled in accordance with Covid-19 protocols).
Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
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