A build-up of marine cargo traffic waiting to enter the Port of Tauranga is being caused by continuing issues in the international supply chain and reduced capacity in Auckland. Peak export timings for kiwifruit and a high demand for logging exports has also been attributed as a factor behind the issues.
It seems that at least 17 ships are currently at anchor outside the Tauranga harbor entrance. A spokesperson for the Port of Tauranga says the anchored ships are mostly log and container vessels. The stationary status of these vessels is a “symptom” of the current and ongoing disruption in the international supply chain.
“A lot of ships are arriving outside of their scheduled times, so we are processing them as they arrive,” says Port of Tauranga communications manager Rochelle Lockley. “There is also still congestion and reduced capacity at Ports of Auckland, so we are handling large volumes of diverted import and export cargo.”
The global supply chain remains problematic for varying factors, including Covid-19 and the continuing impact of the Ever Given container ship running aground and blocking the Suez Canal in March.