Customer Profile – Port of Napier 

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In October 1769 Captain James Cook stood his ship ‘’Endeavour’’ off the Napier bluff after a run down the East Coast, at the northern extremity of what would later be known as ‘’Hawkes Bay’’. Whilst Napier was first declared a Customs Port of Entry in 1855, it wasn’t until 1875 that the Napier Harbour board was born. Completion of the initial breakwater in 1886 was the birth of the deep water port as its known today. Handling over 256,000 TEU/4 million tonnes of cargo per year, Port of Napier is an essential part of the East Coast/Hawkes Bay supply chain. PortPack,Napiers on port container packing operation, handles approximately 50,000 TEU per year. The majority of these containers are timber being loaded for PanPac. Port of Napier recently outfitted two of its Hyster toplifters with Loadrite L2180LFT scales to comply with SOLAS export container regulations. Andrew Donnelly (Port Napier System Planner) reports that the two machines ‘’ have been very successful operationally, local support has been much appreciated and system accuracy has been excellent, as they have been put to work weighing containers for export customers’’.

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