Facilitating manufacturing, services, oil refining, food processing, and commercial fishing as its dominant sectors, the port’s sea transportation has key importance in commercial activities. Port of Napier thereby employs thousands of people and is served by an artificial harbour.
The Port of Napier covers a large space comprising of a log-loading berth with a4.15-hectare reclamation area. The port also has container terminals that can handle 667 vessels and 3.2 million tonnes of cargo every year. The port also handled an ample amount of 157,700 containers in the year 2015.
Founded in 1769 by Captain James Cook, the Port of Napier’s commercial importance began to grow after the year 1893 when the first breakwater wharf was constructed. In the year 1990, the first mobile container crane arrived at the Port of Napier, after which the Container Depot of the port was established in 1994.
The port has diversified its activities with a large shed area having a capacity of 66thousand cubic metres. The Port of Napier is also planning to install a new wharf to handle large vessels. The new state of the art facility will ease the movement of goods to nearby plants and factories thus paving a path for a better future.