After Sunday night’s NZ earthquake recovery efforts are underway at CentrePort, Wellington, but the port remains closed to most operations. Ferry operations from CentrePort resumed on Monday night however, and the Seaview oil terminal reopened yesterday afternoon. Centreport commercial buildings, BNZ and Customs House have withstood the quake with little damage, however two other buildings – Statistics House and Shed 39 – are expected to need extensive damage inspections.
• KiwiRail said in a statement that the Kaiarahi and Kaitaki ferries sailing between Wellington and Picton would carry freight and vehicle passengers only. Foot traffic has been suspended due to terminal damage. KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy has said while there was still an enormous amount of work to do it was critical for the North Island network to be fixed quickly.
• Further south at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, key infrastructure has been inspected and both bulk and container services, as well as railway links, are back to normal.
• Port Nelson incurred no serious damage and open for business as usual.
Meanwhile bad weather has become a factor with heavy rain leading to extensive flooding in some areas. New Zealand Police have warned motorists to delay driving home from work as traffic out of Wellington is gridlocked and key roads are blocked in places. New Zealand Shippers Council chairperson Mike Knowles said there were disruptions to the supply chain connecting the North and South Islands but government and agencies were doing their utmost to restore routes. “It tends to be the importers that will be greatly affected with a major barrier in place (no road or rail) to get their goods to the lower South Island via land.”
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