Ports of Auckland


$41 million

Contract Type

Construct only





Fergusson’s Wharf

Keeping New Zealand trade moving

Ports of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most important seaport, handling $26.4 billion worth of New Zealand imports and exports each year – roughly 30% of New Zealand’s trade.

We’re expanding the Fergusson Container Terminal (New Zealand’s busiest cargo terminal) to future proof the port and cater for ongoing cargo volume growth. The new 296 metre wharf will provide a much needed third berth for larger container ships, and enable Ports of Auckland to implement world first automatized container handling.

We’re expanding the Fergusson Container Terminal to future proof the port and cater for ongoing cargo volume growth.

Our work initially included boring 284 piles up to 43 metres into the seabed below, dredging of the harbour around the new wharf and creation of a rock revetment. Construction involved installing 87 precast concrete panels and pouring 10,081m2 of concrete for the deck and constructing a mooring dolphin on the wharf’s eastern side, with wharf deck furniture to support the installation of shore cranes. 

The port remains fully operational as the new wharf is constructed, so space is at a premium. Difficult geotechnical conditions add further challenge. 

Unique Aspects:
  • To maximise productivity, the team developed a careful sequencing method for the piling works that uses a range of innovative temporary works solutions. The team designed a bespoke piling platform that is extended as piles are sequentially installed. The platform allows the piling plant to reach piles further from the shore. This process continues with the drill rig cantilevered out over the water to construct each row of piles. 
  • Use of a travelling formwork system to pour the 700mm thick concrete deck.  
  • 55,000 tonne of rock contained in the revetment

Project Partners

Name Beca

Role Consultant