The Council has organised a series of reports to give the community and potential businesses and investors more information about the requirements and constraints for a potential large ship operation, such as a ferry service, at the Whanganui Port. Currently, the Whanganui Port has the capacity for vessels 51 metres length overall.
The reports include a peer review commissioned by the Whanganui District Council of the Whanganui to Motueka Ferry Service Feasibility Study by Walbran Transport Analysis and Sofos, on behalf of Midwest Ferries. This provides an analysis of logistical, transportation and economic issues associated with a potential ferry service.
Two other two reports, the Whanganui Port Vessel Navigation Report by Captain Jim Dilley and the Memorandum on the Implications of proposed Whanganui Port and River Dredging by Tonkin and Taylor, provide information on technical, physical and regulatory aspects associated with a large vessel operating from the Port.
You can view all three reports below, as well as a short summary about each one.
The Tonkin and Taylor report concentrates how larger vessels would physically impact on the Whanganui Port.
The report summarises what the requirements are for operating large vessels in terms capital works and infrastructure upgrades on the North Mole, port wharves and turning basin.
It also comments on the dredging requirement for larger vessels.