Force Majeure Declaration due to Earthquake at Wellington Port, New Zealand


Wellington Port has been closed following the earthquake that struck near Kaikoura on 14th November 2016. As reported by CentrePort the Port of Wellington, damage to the Port is more extensive than during the 2013 Seddon earthquakes. Many buildings remain off limits, with staff working in back-up locations across the Port and outside the CBD. Container shipping operation remains suspended as of 21st November 2016. Ships will continue to omit Wellington Port until further notice.

Under the current circumstances, we regret to say that a number of shipping lines have now declared Force Majeure and will proceed with the following alternative arrangements. 

  • For Wellington import cargo, Napier will be the replacement port until Wellington Port resumes back to normal operations. If another port of discharge is preferred then, please contact your Customer Service Representative or Account Manager to check if this is feasible
  • With immediate effect, we will not accept any new bookings to or from Wellington till further notice. For any export cargo from Wellington, please liaise with our local Export Department who will arrange to have the cargo relocated to another port of load for loading purposes. 

We wish to thank you for your understanding and support during this time and will endeavour to keep you updated as new developments occur. 

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact your Account Manager.


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BR International



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