Port Otago is gearing up for a busier than usual weekend of
shipping, with three cruise ships, a chip ship and two Maersk
container vessels using wharf facilities, mainly at Port
Chalmers. Oluf Maersk and Olivia Maersk, arriving
respectively tomorrow and Sunday, would be in for slightly
longer than usual, Port Otago chief executive Geoff Plunket
''There will be a bigger than usual exchange of containers,
keeping them here a little longer than usual,'' he said when
Three cruise ships arrive on Saturday about 7am, Diamond
Princess, Dawn Princess and Oceananic Discoverer, with the
latter berthing in the upper harbour, as opposed to Port
Mr Plunket said while the port would be busy, it was
Separately, a worldwide glut of woodchips appears to be
diminishing and a wood chip carrier, Crimson Jupiter, is
scheduled to arrive tomorrow and begin loading chips at Port
Chalmers, bound for Asia.
In mid-December, a seven-month stockpile of woodchips at Port
Chalmers was picked up by Esprit Lotus in what may have been
the country's first export to China.
The global woodchip market spent much of last year in a
cyclical downturn, largely because Japan was holding a large
stockpile, which prompted two separate piles of woodchips
around Dunedin, totalling an estimated 31,000 tonnes.