20 Mar 2023

Eastland Port to unload first container ship in more than 40 years

From Morning Report, 6:09 am on 20 March 2023

Gisborne's Eastland Port has been on a monumental learning curve over the last week-and-a-bit, as it prepares to unload its first container ship in more than 40-years. 

The government's paying nearly $3 million for a three month coastal shipping service between Napier and Gisborne to help get goods moving again, after Cyclone Gabrielle made a real mess of the roads and there's still no timeline for reopening State Highway 2. 

Right now, the MV Rangitata is en-route from Napier, currently just north of Mahia Peninsula carrying 13 empty refrigerated containers. 

Waiting in Gisborne is the port's chief operating officer Andrew Gaddum.

He spoke to Corin Dann.