Five options on the cards
The Port Future Study has short listed five options for where Port of Auckland can go.
From the Port Future Study:
Study group releases shortlist of potential port options
The Port Future Study’s Consensus Working Group today released a shortlist of options being considered to accommodate Auckland’s long term (50 years+) future freight trade and cruise ship activities.
The Independent Chair of the study’s Consensus Working Group (CWG) and Reference Group, Dr Rick Boven, says the study’s consultants, a consortium led by EY, have projected Auckland’s long-term future freight and cruise needs and assessed what could be required in 50 years to accommodate it.
“Auckland is on a steep growth trajectory. With an expected population of at least 2.6 million and potentially quadrupling of freight trade in the next 50 years, Auckland will need a strategy to ensure freight can flow for continued trade and prosperity”, says Dr Boven.
“The study’s consultants have identified three options that could meet Auckland’s future long-term freight and cruise needs, subject to further assessment.
“All of the shortlist options have complex challenges and implications. Each option continues to be assessed and is now progressing to a detailed cost benefit analysis. There is still analytic work to be done”, says Dr Boven.
The shortlisted options, representing the next step in the consultant’s ongoing technical analysis, are:
- Option one: constraining Auckland’s port to its current footprint
- Option two: enabling growth of Auckland’s port at its current location
- Option three: continue with the current site in the short-to-mid-term but in the mid-to-long term move the port to a new location. There are three primary location areas for further investigation emerging:
- Manukau Harbour area
- Firth of Thames area (within the Auckland region)
- Muriwai area
“Our important next steps are to get feedback from the Study’s larger Reference Group, complete the cost benefit analysis of remaining options and test the assumptions of that analysis by peer review.
“Once we complete further analysis on the shortlist of options we will have a clearer picture of how each option stacks up on costs and wider economic effects. Some options are likely to be cost prohibitive”, says Dr Boven .
The purpose of the Port Future Study is to provide recommendations to Auckland Council on a strategy to accommodate Auckland’s long term future trade and cruise activities across the next 50 or more years. The CWG is not a decision making body.
The CWG will consider the consultants’ findings as they continue to formulate their recommendations for a long term strategy to accommodate future freight and cruise demand.
About the study
The Port Future Study was established to provide Aucklanders with an opportunity to have their say on the future of Auckland’s port.
The Study brings together a wide range of interest groups and mana whenua members. It is independent of Auckland Council and is without political representation.
It will consider the economic, social, environmental and cultural costs and benefits, as well as the feasibility of a range of options for the future of the port.
It will provide Auckland Council with recommendations about a long-term (50+ years) strategy for freight and cruise activities for Auckland.
The analytic work is being guided by the Port Future Study scope set by the CWG in October 2015
The study will be completed by the end of June 2016. The Port Future Study will inform future council decision making.
Given the wild nature of the West Coast, the Onehunga Wharves being turned into public space by Panuku Development Auckland, and the Manukau Harbour being too shallow with the infamous Manukau Bar at the entrance I think we can pretty much workout the final conclusion.
That is without serious Government coin and intervention the Port will stay where it is (rather than go to Thames). Whether that then becomes Option A or B is dependent on politics.