A 28-year-old port worker from Gisborne is in Tauranga Hospital's intensive care unit after falling 8m during the loading of a log ship at the port.

The man fell from the Pakhoi around 7.15pm on Tuesday. Two St John ambulances were dispatched to the Mount Maunganui side of the port.

A hospital spokeswoman said the man was in a stable condition.

Maritime New Zealand spokesman Mark Dittmer said the stevedore received serious injuries and work was stopped on the ship to allow an investigation to begin.

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Dittmer said the scene examination had been completed and the ship would be allowed to sail tonight.

Tauranga-based stevedoring company ISO declined to comment to the Bay of Plenty Times.

The Pakhoi berthed on Monday and was due to sail tonight at 9.30pm. It is a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier built in 2016 with a gross tonnage of 24,785 tonnes.