Ports of Auckland


$41 million

Contract Type

Construct only


Jul 2017



Fergusson 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 expanded 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  now provides a much needed third berth for larger container ships, and enables Ports of Auckland to implement world first automatized container handling.

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 Safety Culture on site was critical with more than 40 subcontractors working at all times. The team reported no injuries within those 18 months, maintaining their safety standards throughout. This was no easy feat given the difficult circumstances. 

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.
  • Use of a brand new digger machine. First time ever to be used in New Zealand.

Project Partners

Name Beca

Role Consultant