The Bay of Plenty region, with the major city of Tauranga and the popular Mount Maunganui, is blessed with a mild climate year-round, which enables produce such as kiwifruit and citrus to prosper. Long before the first Europeans arrived in the Bay of Plenty, Maori were drawn to the area by its easy access to the coast and its "fruit bowl" qualities. The vast harbour, islands and proximity to the open sea ensure that seafood is a local specialty. The region's legendary beaches attract swimmers, surfers, kayakers, and kitesurfers throughout the year.
The Port of Tauranga operates the following 3 facilities at Mt Maunganui:
· 2,055m of linear (continuous) berth face
· Cargo sheds and 20,000t capacity coldstore
· 22 bunker points
· 90 hectares of back up land for cargo handling and storage
Tanker Berth (completed in 1980), located to the south of the Mt Maunganui Wharf:
· Dedicated to the transfer of dangerous goods in bulk
· Discharging and/or loading of tankers carrying bulk fluids (hydrocarbon oil products, chemicals & edible oils, to name a few)
· Conveyor system for loading wood-chips
· 80m length free standing wharf, with dolphins at each end for ships up to 250m LOA to berth and pump ashore
Tauranga Container Terminal at Sulphur Point (opened in 1992) and located on the western side of the port of Tauranga
· 600m of heavy duty wharf
· 4 container cranes (3 of post-panamax size)
· 27 hectares of paved container yard
The Port of Tauranga also has three purpose-built tugs and two pilot launches, providing a 24-hour, seven day service to ships entering and leaving the port.
Commodities have helped the Port to grow rapidly since the 1950s to become this country's largest export port. Forestry, kiwifruit and dairy exports account for 75% of exports. Much of this cargo is destined for customers in Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
ISS Mount Maunganui is committed to excellence and delivering comprehensive services covering all aspects of vessels calls.