NEW ZEALAND | Christchurch port reopens after earthquake

Lyttelton port fully operational despite suffering significant damage totalling tens of millions of dollars

Roger Hailey | LLOYD’S LIST

CHRISTCHURCH’s Lyttelton port is “fully operational” despite suffering “significant damage” totalling “tens of millions of dollars” in the New Zealand earthquake at the weekend.

The east coast port has reopened after an “extensive assessment” by structural engineers, following the quake, which struck New Zealand’s South Island early on Saturday morning.

A statement issued today by Lyttelton Port of Christchurch said: “LPC has sustained significant damage from Saturday morning’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake, centered approximately 40 km from the port. The cost to repair the damage to the port is likely to be tens of millions of dollars.

“Following the earthquake, LPC was able to resume operation of core services on Saturday. This required a significant amount of hard work from the entire LPC staff.”

The container terminal was able to resume full cargo operation at 1500 hrs on Sunday and there have been “limited effects on forecast shipping movements”.

The statement added: “LPC is working with all parties to ensure the effects on shipping and cargo transfer through the port are as minimal as possible. LPC’s engineering and maintenance staff will continue to access the damage to infrastructure, power supply and other services.”

In a message to customers, the port management said that the container terminal was fully operational, although berthing windows have been suspended until further notice

The City Depot is also fully operational, however the port warned of delays due to “safety concerns”.

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