Two of New Zealand's best surfing breaks could be put in jeopardy if Port Otago is allowed to go ahead with plans to dump increased amounts of spoil from Otago Harbour, the Surfbreak Protection Society says.
Port Otago - which holds a 15.5% stake in listed Lyttelton Port of Christchurch - is becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of financial rebuilding information from the port company.
Port Otago has delivered a strong half-year to December financial result and $2.5 million interim dividend to the Otago Regional Council, forecasting expectations of an up-to-20% boost in full-year before-tax profit.
Port Otago is bringing forward its recently consented channel deepening programme - and is poised to decide on purchasing a new $11 million tug from an overseas shipyard.
Port Otago's $3 million oil wharf strengthening project, in the upper harbour basin, is nearing completion, albeit several months behind schedule.
Port Chalmers' wharves are long enough to accommodate larger new generation cruise ships, but the width of the shipping channel near Harington Pt may come under scrutiny.
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 said.
Port Otago is celebrating its ability to remain the country's deepest container port, but has no timetable to begin any major dredging operations.
Challenges to Port Otago's proposal to dump dredge material at a new open-sea disposal site will be heard over two weeks in the Environment Court in Dunedin starting on November 16.
Port Otago misses out on a dividend from Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) for the third consecutive year, as its Canterbury competitor continues its rebuild its earthquake-damaged infrastructure.
Port Otago has initiated a new round-trip rail link between Dunedin and Timaru, beginning yesterday, in the wake of shipping giants Maersk and Hamburg Sud pulling out of Timaru.
Port Otago has become the fastest container handling port in the country for the first time and yesterday delivered a near-record $11.75 million annual dividend to its owner, the Otago Regional Council.
Facilities at Port Chalmers will be upgraded to cater for a more than 25% lift in cruise ship passenger numbers next season, with 150,000 visitors expected.
Despite two years of no dividends from its 15.5% stake in listed Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC), Port Otago remains adamant on retaining the shareholding which cost it $37 million.
Port Otago will redevelop the former Glendermid Leathers tannery site at Sawyers Bay, remediating the existing contaminated site and creating a storage and distribution warehouse for port-related activities.
Fog has continued to delay passenger and cargo transport in Dunedin, forcing Port Otago staff to work extended shifts.
Port Otago is expanding its footprint around Dunedin to increase its warehousing and container-handling capacity - with developments and plans under way for Sawyers Bay, Dunedin and a major hub in Mosgiel.
Although Port Otago seems likely to benefit from the decision by two major shipping lines to stop container shipping work at Timaru's port, a union organiser has cautioned there is "no long-term winner".
Port Otago and Fonterra are undertaking a workplace trial in sharing their respective warehousing staff at peak times between two separate milk-powder warehousing areas at Port Chalmers.
Dunedin needs an area to store hazardous substances without the need for a resource consent, and Port Otago has the best location, a Dunedin City Council hearings committee was told yesterday.