Over the last week, Eastland Port has been used as a lifeline utility in our region’s response to the devastating effects caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Last week the HMNZS Manawanui was seen out in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa where they delivered essential supplies via ribs. They also berthed on Wharf 8 while water was lifted onto the deck and directly into water tanks to help aid the water crisis.
Eastland Port’s infrastructure was unaffected by Cyclone Gabrielle so they will be recommencing commercial trade today.
Eastland Port Chief Operating Officer Regional Infrastructure, Andrew Gaddum said “We may start to see more special vessels arrive as our port will become a vital service to reconnect our region while the roads are being repaired.
“Our main focus over the last week has been supporting affected communities and assisting with the clean-up.
“Our staff have been allocated to the heavily impacted areas where they have been clearing roads, shovelling silt, and putting our loaders, sweepers, diggers and other specialised equipment to good use.
“It has been a confronting and emotional week and our hearts go out to the many families whose homes, land and lives have been lost. We will continue to use our staff and resources to help get communities back on their feet.”