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Port of Tauranga is set to welcome the largest container ship to ever visit New Zealand waters, carrying 9,500 TEU (20 ft equivalent units).
Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, and Kotahi, New Zealand's leading export supply chain collaboration, today announced the new direct service from Asia, which will only call at Tauranga in New Zealand.
Chief executive Mark Cairns said Port of Tauranga was well-placed to handle the larger vessels.
"The final stage dredging work will be completed in August as part of a $350 million capital investment programme to develop the infrastructure to become a port capable of handling larger ships," he said.
"We are pleased to see that our upgraded infrastructure will be utilised so promptly. This gives us the opportunity to continue providing our customers with premium ocean freight solutions from a range of carriers. We're proud to be part of an innovative collaboration keeping New Zealand businesses competitive on the world stage."