What is Harbourwatch?
Looking out for our harbour
Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour is a treasured place, home to people and communities, natural habitats and taonga species. LPC is committed to protecting our harbour during the Port’s recovery. Environmental monitoring is an essential part of this. LPC created, and will maintain, Harbourwatch as a place to bring all our monitoring into one place so that harbour residents can easily access the information we gather.
To ensure the main navigation channel and the areas ships berth and manoeuvre, LPC undertakes an annual programme of maintenance dredging. This dredging removes the naturally accumulating sediment within the channel. Dredging is primarily undertaken by a trailer suction hopper dredge, although a excavator on a barge can be used for close in work by the wharves.
The South Island's growing economy means Lyttelton Port will need more land to handle increasing volumes of export and import trade. The key to greater freight capacity is a new container terminal at Te Awaparahi Bay.
Dredging commenced on the 29th of August to increase the depth, length and width of the shipping channel to provide access for larger vessels.
A new cruise berth is being built to allow the return of major cruise ships to our harbour.
Piling update / Mon 03 Feb
A few piles will be driven today. These are on land, not marine piles. The piling will start first thing.
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