Ports of Auckland has confirmed a multi-million-dollar investment for a berth-deepening and lengthening programme to service container vessels of 6,000teu.

The investment will see the deepening of the northern berth at the Port’s Fergusson container terminal and the construction of a mooring dolphin, which will extend the maximum combined length of vessels by 40m.

Ports of Auckland chief executive Jens Madsen said that more vessels in the 3,500-5,500teu range will be introduced into New Zealand services over the coming years.

The maximum vessel draught at chart datum on the northern berth will be increased from 11.7m to 13m, which is in addition to the maximum vessel draught at chart datum for the southern berth of 12.5m.

Ports of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest container port.