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New Zealand’s first purpose-built cruise ship berth was officially opened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel today in Lyttelton.
The Covid-19 border restrictions have impacted the 2020/21 cruise season, but the $67 million berth’s completion is a significant milestone, said Lyttelton Port Company chief executive Roger Gray.
"The cruise berth has been delivered on-time and on budget, despite the challenges of Covid-19. This will be a fantastic long-term asset for Christchurch and Canterbury," he said.
"Since 2018, a dedicated team of contractors, project managers and engineers have worked tirelessly to build the cruise berth."
“The project raised the standard of practice in protecting marine mammals in construction projects in New Zealand by designing with nature in mind," Gray said.
"Overall, from the initial concept design we were able to achieve a design that resulted in close to a 50 per cent reduction in embodied carbon emissions associated with the main materials of concrete and steel used in the construction of the berth.
“As a major player in Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour we know we have a responsibility to not only protect our marine environment but also play our part in contributing to addressing climate change.
He said the berth was completed on time and on budget in spite of the level 4 lockdown earlier his year.
Gray said more than 70 bookings for cruise ships have been received for the 2020/21 season but, due to current border restrictions, it is unlikely these vessels will visit Lyttelton this summer.
“Last week, we welcomed Heritage Expeditions' flagship vessel Spirit of Enderby to the berth, which has been granted an exemption by the government to operate domestic expedition cruises in New Zealand this season.”