kids encyclopedia robot

Port Taranaki facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Port Taranaki
Country New Zealand
Location New Plymouth, New Zealand
Coordinates 39°03′S 174°02′E / 39.050°S 174.033°E / -39.050; 174.033Coordinates: 39°03′S 174°02′E / 39.050°S 174.033°E / -39.050; 174.033
Owned by Taranaki Regional Council
Type of harbor Port
Available berths 10
Draft depth 12.5 m.
CEO Guy Roper

Port Taranaki is a port complex located in New Plymouth, New Zealand. It is the only deep water port on the west coast of New Zealand, and is owned by the Taranaki Regional Council. The port handles a wide range of coastal and international cargoes, mostly relating to the farming, engineering and petrochemical industries. Shipping volumes decreased significantly over the period 2012 to 2015.

Adjacent features include the city of New Plymouth, the New Plymouth Power Station and the Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area (SLIMPA).


Port Taranaki in 2003

The port was established in 1875, and construction of the main breakwater began in 1881 with Frederic Carrington ceremoniously laying the first stone.

In 2007, Port Taranaki became the first port in New Zealand to receive official recognition for its harbour safety management systems.

In 2013, the port purchased most of the site of the decommissioned New Plymouth Power Station. This site is adjacent to the port and provided an additional 18 ha of land.

In 2016, the port became the first port in New Zealand to be smoke free.

Shipping volumes at Port Taranaki, by quarter
kids search engine
Port Taranaki Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.