December 2011 (pdf) - Port Nelson

December 2011 (pdf) - Port Nelson

December 2011


Blessing the Fleet

Editorial .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

• From Chairman, Nick Patterson

Port News.............. 3

• Tuna refits bring business

Port Progress. ......... 4

• Crane update

Safe Harbour........... 5

• Hi-tech pilot aid

Around the Port .. . . . . 6/7

• Shed of art

• Stepping on the gas

SupPORT our Region. .. 8

• Clothing the Masters

Our Port Our People.. . . 9

• Aspiring to Excellence

Meet the Client.. . . . . . . 10

• Fulton Hogan

Environment Update. ..11

• Noise Variation and the future

Looking Back. . . . . . . . . 12

• Haulashore Island

Photo: John-Paul Poochin, Light Ltd

The Blessing of the fishing fleet took a flying leap ahead in the calendar this year, moving from July

because Wakefield Quay was having a big revamp over the winter. On October 28 a crowd of around

4000 gathered to watch the ceremony and the displays that followed it. Bishop Richard Ellena, Reverend

Jeff Cotton and Father Michael O’Dea took the blessing service, with fishing boats lined up in front of the

Seafarers’ Memorial. Music was provided by the Nelson Male Voice Choir, Nelson Christian Academy, lone

piper Perry Smith and the Nelson City Brass Band, with pigeons released at the end of the service.

“This annual event is now in its eleventh year and is a very special commemoration by the Seafarers’

Memorial Trust for those who have lost their lives at sea as well as a blessing for the Nelson fishing fleet,”

said trust spokesman Mike Smith. “It’s a service cemented into the Nelson calendar and one that shows

the important contribution the fishing and seafood industry make to our community.”

The photo shows the fireworks display held the previous evening, with the Seafarers’ Memorial in

the foreground; and to the left, the PNL tug WH Parr and the harbour master's launch Punawai taking part

in the display after the ceremony.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 2


A Strong Year for Port Nelson

At the AGM at the end of October Port Nelson Ltd reported another steady year, with a dividend to the

two local councils of $4.2million. Chairman Nick Patterson told shareholders that it was pleasing to see the

port performing consistently, given the global economic downturn of the past 18 months.

He said there were several factors contributing to revenue being higher than expected.

Logs were again a steady performer for us, which meant

stevedoring activity was also stronger than expected, both in

Nelson and for log operations out of Picton. Container volumes,

while down on last year, were also higher than anticipated.

However, expenses were also over budget, with the high cost of

maintaining our two existing cranes driving the decision to bring

forward the purchase of the new LHM 550 mobile harbour crane.

Electricity and fuel prices were up, and plant hire costs were also up

because of the greater stevedoring activity.

The final cargo tonnage figure for the year was 2.711 million, down

on the record of 2010 but still ahead of budget. As well as the

strong figures for logs, apple volumes were ahead of expectations

for the year, as were bulk wine shipments in flexi-tanks, thanks to

another large grape harvest in Marlborough. However, processed

forestry volumes were down on budget, due to higher log prices,

log availability issues and tough market conditions.

While it was a positive year to the end of June, there are indications

the demand for logs from China is now softening, along with

other major challenges facing key port users. The skyrocketing

value of the New Zealand dollar is making life very difficult for

many exporters, with the export apple industry again facing a

difficult year. Another cost will be the 200 percent hike in insurance

premiums facing the port, following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Direct shipping services also remain an ongoing issue within

the industry. The move to larger vessels continues to be pushed

by many parties, including the Shippers’ Council and the newly

formed freight partnership Kotahi, currently consisting of Fonterra

and Silver Fern Farms. It certainly remains the long-term industry

view that ships will only get bigger, even given recent moves by a

number of lines to new services with smaller vessels.

I take this opportunity to thank my fellow directors, staff and clients

and to wish you all the best for a safe and happy holiday and a

prosperous New Year.

Nick Patterson

Chairman, Port Nelson Ltd

The demand from China for logs contributed to cargo volumes being 51,000 tonnes up on budget for the last financial year.

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Tuna Refits

Bring Business

The fourth tuna vessel to undergo a refit at Port Nelson arrived in

September and should be finished before Christmas. The project

is led by Diverse Engineering, but is creating work for several other

companies in the port area. Diverse General Manager Shane Solly

says the trend for tuna refit work to be done in Nelson started 18

months ago with the Cape Ferrat.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 3

port news

“We were asked to do a main engine repair in Fiji and it was evident

when we went up that it couldn’t be done without considerable

workshop backup,” he says. “We managed to convince the owners to

tow her down here. Since then, getting the next three vessels here

was just a matter of persistence.”

Three different owners have now had vessels repaired at Port Nelson.

Following on from the Cape Ferrat came the Cape Breton, then the

Western Pacific, with each taking several weeks.

The latest, the Isabella, is owned by a Miami company and was towed

in from American Samoa. The photo shows the engine being lifted

out by one of the PNL Liebherr cranes at Main Wharf.

Power to the Pilot

The pilot launch Waimea II is skimming through the waves with

two new outboard motors, powered up from V6 to V8. Workshop

Supervisor Craig Terris said the two-year-old engines had done

2,500 hours: “Probably as much as it would take a family boat to

do on fishing trips over 15 summers.”

The Journey to Excellence

The two new Yamaha 300hp V8s were shipped in from Sydney

and fitted in the former Reliance Engineering workshop in mid

October. While the Waimea II was out of action the pilots were

taken to and from vessels by the tugs.


Our Story

We held a presentation to

stakeholders at the end of

October, the first one we’ve

staged for a couple of years, and

the first on the home turf of

our new Visitor Centre. Martin

Byrne delivered a presentation

that covered the key events of

the past year, and looked at the

challenges facing international

shipping in general and Port

Nelson in particular. Afterwards

guests enjoyed hospitality and

time to talk port business.

“Organisations sitting on their hands adopting

the complacency model are in jeopardy of

becoming decimated by the advance of the

nimble fleet footed, fast, cost-effective and

superior quality products or services offered

by the industry leaders who are adopting

Lean Thinking as a fundamental way of

doing business.”

That’s the challenging introduction on the

website of Auckland University’s Bryan

Travers, a management consultant who we

had here recently conducting a two day

course for 26 people across the company.





Eliminate Waste

Create Efficiency


Lead Your Industry




Employee Relations Manager Melisa Kappely says key

people were selected from the different divisions of

the company at different levels, and will become the

core as we move towards a culture of excellence.

“We are always working towards continuous

improvement in the way we do business and striving

to be the best,” she says, “as part of that journey

towards excellence we are looking at our processes,

at eliminating waste and increasing efficiency - the

tools of ‘lean’ philosophy can help us to get there.”

The diagram gives the key stages in Lean Thinking –

a term used to describe the management method made

famous by Toyota.

port progress

Crane Update

Our new Liebherr LMH 550 is now fully

commissioned and pulling more than

its share of the weight of container

movements. Workshop Supervisor

Craig Terris says the new machine

is considerably more advanced

than the port’s other two


“This is just the third crane of the 550 model that Liebherr has

produced,” he says. “It has advanced automated features

such as overload management and driver identification,

with each driver entering his pin number at the start of a


When the crane arrived in late May a commissioning

engineer from the Liebherr factory in Austria was here for

ten weeks overseeing the set up, then a service engineer

made a later trip to iron out some teething problems.

Craig says Liebherr have been excellent to work with

through this process.

"Early on we sorted out some initial issues with

hydraulics and since then we have had the

software updated to give the drivers more

control over the speed of lowering a load

– it’s those last few centimetres that are

so important for reducing noise."

Craig says the drivers are enjoying

the new crane: “It’s smart and

smooth and even has that

‘new vehicle’ smell.”

Thumbs up from Rodney

High profile ACT MP Rodney Hide met up with Liebherr’s

New Zealand Agents at a crane industry conference in

Queenstown over winter, where he was speaking as Minster

of Local Government. The Minister heard about our new

LMH 550 and didn’t waste any time in making a follow-up

visit to see it in action. He drove trucks at Port Lyttelton in

a past life, so is no stranger to heavy machinery and was

very impressed with the new crane. While at PNL he had

discussions with Matt McDonald and Chief Commerical

Officer Parke Pittar both about the new crane and the port

industry in general.

The dredge Kawatiri was in Nelson on and off

during October and November clearing the

shipping channels to the charted depths. PNL

has Resource Consent to dispose of 50,000

cubic metres per year of dredged material

into a designated area of Tasman Bay, with

comprehensive environment monitoring

carried out by Cawthron.

Dredge Master Jeff Walker says the work in

Nelson is very different from Westport, where

the Kawatiri is based: “Down there we just

keep digging to keep the shipping channel

Annual Dredging

open through the Westport Bar and our motto

is ‘the more we’ve got the better’. In Nelson we

are trying to target particular depths for the

different areas, and working within the constraint

of the total cubic metre volume that the consent


Jeff says there is less material to be dredged from

the shipping channels every year, and this year

it was even lower than usual. However, he says

there was unexpected infill on the outer channel,

with recent weather stirring up material in the

shallow water nearby.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 5

Hi-tech Pilot Aid

Our pilots now have ‘eyes in the back of their heads’ and a whole lot more information to help

them guide vessels safely through the Cut and into berth. In September PNL invested in new

piloting software and a rugged waterproof laptop to run it. Marine Operations Manager Dave

Duncan explains that an antenna is attached to the ‘bridge wing’, to transmit GPS and AIS data

to the laptop by Bluetooth.

“At a glance the pilot can see where the ship is heading, which way it is moving, its speed, how

far off the passage plan or leads it is and the rate of turn in degrees per minute,” he explains.

“Some older ships don’t have this information – even if they do, it’s now in a format we’re

familiar with on our own machine. The other beautiful thing it does is predict where the ship

will be in 30, 60 or 90 seconds.”

safe harbour

Once in port, the pilot switches from navigation to docking mode: “Where we used to work by

visuals, experience and instinct, the Personal Pilot Unit gives us exact distances, which is great

when you’re on the front of a ship where you can’t see the stern.”

Dave says as well as being a very useful tool on the job, the software stores the information on

each trip so it can be used for training or for an investigation if there is an accident.

Driver Graeme

(Barney) Kinzett

gets in to the

seatbelt habit.

Make it click

We’ve all developed the habit of wearing seatbelts in our cars, but

it’s been a change for the drivers of our heavy lifting gear to have

to bring this habit to work. Our fleet of Mafi trucks, empty container

handlers and top lifters has just had three-point seatbelts fitted,

replacing their factory fitted lap belts. Container Yard Supervisor

Andy Farmer says while Port Nelson has been accident free, there

have been instances where heavy lifters have overbalanced in other

ports: “It’s a nasty accident if you fall forward from the driver’s seat,

so this is an important measure for our staff.”

Sun-smart for summer

One of the standout changes noted from the old films mentioned on

our sponsorship page was the lack of concern for safety issues, even

in 1980 when the most recent of the historic films was made. Port

staff were seen skipping out of the way as logs rolled from slings,

and working stripped to the waist in the hot Nelson sun. These days

we hand out sunscreen and sun hats to staff as well as offering presummer

spot checks for melanoma.

QuayPack Foreman Jeremy Salton gets the once over from skin

specialist Dr David Orsbourn, who says the baby boomers are proving

a high risk age group, having grown up at a time when it was usual to

oil up and spend hours in the sun getting a fashionable tan.

Safe boating for the holidays

Switching to his Harbour Master’s hat, Dave Duncan is optimistic about boatie behaviour as summer approaches. He says a big Thank

You to boaties, who have been cooperative and well behaved. Dave is keeping the safety messages to the fore in the Nelson Weekly and

on local radio.

“I have been involved in emergency incidents and seen lives lost unnecessarily, I want to ensure it doesn’t happen in Nelson and I’d like

people to pay a bit more attention to wearing life jackets and reducing their speed.”

Keeping Safe

We welcome any suggestions or information to make Port Nelson a safer working environment.

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Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 6

around the port...

Shed of Art

Super berth

Inquiries and bookings are

coming in from superyachts

for this summer, with the new

berth for them making Port

Nelson a more attractive

stop-off. Marine Operations

Manager Dave Duncan says

the old superyacht pontoon

from the layup berths has

been shifted to the end

of the coastal berth, off

Wakefield Quay.

“It’s used by the Abel

Tasman ferry Crusader

overnight, and the

seaward side is available

for superyachts up to

130m,” he says. “The

pontoon runs up and

down the line of the

tide and prevailing

wind so it is a

comfortable berth

with good access

to the city and to


Once used for cargo storage, now often a place for Customs embargoed items,

the old shed close to the coastal berth had its moment of glamour during the

Rugby World Cup festivities when it became a gallery space for work by seven

prominent New Zealand artists, spanning the boundary between jewellery and


Nelson Sculpture Trust director Rebecca Hamid organised the exhibition, called

‘Shed’ and said she intended it to stimulate ‘informed debate’ about the trust's

controversial $2.5 million sculpture project proposed for Haulashore Island,

getting people thinking about scale and materials.


Under cover

The ‘big top’ went up at the Calwell Slipway at Port Nelson during the winter

for the extensive refit of a 27-metre pleasure boat undertaken by Dickson


Scaffolding was erected over the decks then covered with plastic sheeting to

give the boat and workers protection from the elements during the 10-week

project, while providing a dust-free atmosphere for the painting. The large

contract saw around 30 people working on the painting and engineering

aspects of the project. The ‘tent’ technique is standard for superyachts being

worked on in Auckland, but was a first for the South Island.

Photo: Nelson Mail

Business Awards

The Westpac Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce

BusinessAwards were announced on November 18

and we were there as we have been since the awards

began in 1998.

Jennian Homes Nelson Bays won the Port Nelson

Large Business Award, and also took out the Wakatu

Incorporation Innovation Award and the Westpac

Supreme Business Award.

It was a ‘rags to riches’ story for Jennian Managing

Director Simon Collett, who left school with

no qualifications and is now the director of six

companies, employing up to 50 staff and contractors

and building about 60 homes a year under the

Jennian and Milestone Homes brands.

Jennian won the Nelson Pine Industries Service

Excellence Award last year, which Mr Collett said

encouraged him to enter again.

Mr Collett said he was extremely excited by the

triplesuccess at the awards. He paid tribute to his

staff and thanked his customers.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Dot Kettle said that

given the tough economic times, she was heartened

by the number of businesses with the courage and

commitment to enter this year.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 7

Demolishing the

paper mountain

If you’d been asked how many paper cups PNL got

through in a year, would you have guessed 62,000?

This figure was revealed when we embarked on a

Waste Audit, with Mary Curnow from the Nelson

Environment Centre’s Waste Education Service.

Please note the past tense - paper cups are now

history, replaced by 200 glass coffee mugs.

RePort checked out a new style coffee break and

found a positive reaction, with Line Handlers Rex

Thorpe and Andrew Rankin noting the mugs are

nicer to drink from, and that there are no ‘dead’ cups

littering the port.

Environmental Officer Thomas Marchant says the

change means a $12,000 saving per year just on

buying cups. “There’s also less rubbish going to the

landfill, which is what the waste audit is all about,

plus the dirty cups often contaminated the paper

waste that we are trying to recycle.”

In other waste audit moves, more cages have been

installed for cardboard, and tighter measures will

see more office waste recycled. Mary Curnow says as

levies go up at the landfill, there will be more money

to be saved through recycling.

Man the lifeboat

A bright orange lifeboat appeared near the recreational

berth in spring, as Nelson Marlborough Institute of

Technology invested in the plant needed to add

lifeboat and survival skills to its maritime training.

Programme Leader Katherine Walker said lifeboat

launching and drills were essential training for all

seafarers, and students would have the opportunity to

safely practice launching and retrieval of the lifeboat,

as well as taking the helm. The enclosed type boat is

now standard on commercial vessels, and the new

facility puts NMIT at the forefront of maritime survival

craft training.

Stepping on

the Gas

As oil and gas exploration steps up

around the New Zealand coast we

wanted to get the word out and about

what Port Nelson offers to this sector as

a shore base. We’ve produced a brochure

with some great photos of the oilrigs

and ships that have already used Port

Nelson, and information on all that

Nelson offers. This includes a sheltered

port that is not subject to ocean swells,

close proximity to a range of engineering

services, Nelson Marlborough Institute of

Technology with its courses on maritime

safety, the expertise of Helicopters New

Zealand plus the region’s climate for high

working days and lifestyle attractions for

shore based staff. The new marketing

tool has been well received at recent

industry conferences and we have just

produced a similar brochure targeting

general vessel refits.

He’s a Master

Several staff made the most of the opportunity of having the Masters’ South

Island Games in Nelson to ‘play hard and party harder’ as the games’ slogan

had it, with Cargo Logistics Supervisor Mark Smith leading the medal haul

with four golds. Mark used to be a regular competitor in Masters’ events, but

had to let that go to focus on his Touch rugby efforts, that saw him selected

for the New Zealand team last year to play in Australia. With the Masters’ on his

home patch Mark stepped up his athletics training and took gold in the 60m

and 100m sprints as well as the 200m and 400m races.

Other PNL staff to

compete were Digby

Kynaston in multisports,

Wendy Lindbom whose

volleyball team won

silver, Ian Inwood who

won silver in small-bore

shooting, bowlers Peter

and Ian Inwood, Ron

Whall and Brent Russell,

with Ian and Brent

winning silver in the pairs,

Suzanne Draaijer playing

netball, Ian Wright in

athletics and Jock Bruce

in the 10km run and the

cribbage tournament.

Mark Smith (centre) takes

Gold at the Masters’ Games.

...and beyond

supPORTing our region

Enthusiastic volunteers show off their Port Nelson sponsored tee-shirts while stuffing welcome packs for Masters’ Games’ participants.

Clothing the Masters

The nine day South Island Masters’ Games Festival welcomed 3,000 athletes of all abilities from across New Zealand and overseas, plus 1000

supporters. Helping it all to run smoothly were 200 volunteers, looking smart and visible in blue tee-shirts sponsored by Port Nelson Ltd.

Sport Tasman Events Manager Rita Merriman said the volunteer programme was critical to the success of this whole event, which offered

participants over 50 sports to choose from as well as a jam-packed social programme.

Back in the day…

The Nelson Arts Festival this year had a local addition to the

programme, that proved to be one of the first shows to sell out.

Historic films of Port Nelson, rescued and restored, thanks to the

Nelson Film Society, screened to two packed houses at the Suter

Cinema on October 6. The feature of the show was the film made

in 1949 by then Nelson Harbour Board General Manager, Bill Parr,

to gain support for a ratepayer poll to raise funds for improvements

to the Cut and major reclamation. Bill was also the Nelson Film

Society founder and an enthusiast for ‘home movies’. His son David

attended the screening with his wife Alma, seen below with film

society secretary Chris Watson. David said his father’s PR efforts

were part of his childhood: “I can remember him going out to

meetings in places like Tapawera and Motupipi to get the approval

to raise the loan,” he said. “He was very involved in his job – I used

to go down to the port with him on a Saturday morning and fish off

the wharf while he worked.”

Coastal Icebreaker

Every conference needs an ‘icebreaker’ and we were pleased to

sponsor this event for the New Zealand Coastal Society Conference,

held in Nelson in early November. Infrastructure Manager Matt

McDonald, below with conference organisor Deirdre Hart, addressed

the attendees and gave them some background on Port Nelson’s

evolution on the local coastline, and the measures we have in place

to protect the coastal environment.

The Coastal Society has 400 members, including representatives

from government, tourism and the port industry as well as scientists,

planners, engineers and

academics. The annual

conference disseminates

coastal knowledge

and best practice, and

facilitates networking

opportunities for people

with an interest in the

coast, to encourage

better outcomes for our

coastal environments.

Our strong links to the

use of the local coastal

environment and interests

in national issues such

as harbour works and

development made this a

good sponsorship fit.

Photo: ShutterSport

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 9

One of the major initiatives

over the last 12 months has

been the roll out of our ASPIRE

values programme, standing

for Accountability, Safety,

Passion, Integrity, Respect and

Excellence. Employee Relations

Manager Melisa Kappely says

the buy-in by staff at all levels

of the organisation has been

great. “It is something that we

can be justifiably proud of and

that will hold us in good stead in

the future, particularly with the

challenges that lie ahead in the

coming year.”

We went to the ‘coalface’ to get

some feedback from staff and

found they agree that ASPIRE

has sharpened their focus on what working for PNL is all about.

Bob Huggins, Linesman & Launch Master, says ASPIRE has

reinforced his values: “I have always respected the hand that feeds

me and to me ASPIRE means total Respect for the company and

its customers, total Respect for your workmates, total Respect for

equipment and plant and total Respect for your surroundings so

that you stay safe. To me Respect covers most of the other values –

they can’t really exist without it.”

Tim Loach, Cargo Ops Supervisor, sees Integrity and Honesty as

the overarching values in his supervisory role: “I always turn up fit

and ready and I expect that of the lads. I make myself approachable,

I’m open to their concerns and if I can’t give them the outcome

Aspiring to Excellence

they want I give them a logical

reason why. ASPIRE has put

a stake in the ground. It has

helped us with recruitment, we

are looking more at who you are

than what you can do. You can

teach people to drive a forklift

but you can’t teach them to be

honest or passionate. “

Tina Rajino, Systems

Administrator, sees ASPIRE

as a valuable day to day reminder

of the company values, and says

it is Passion that underlies her

job: “I had worked in systems

for the UN and I was so happy

when I found a job where I could

do that in Nelson. I think you

should be passionate about what you are doing and I am passionate

about making the Maximo system work perfectly, and keeping on

building it up and developing it. I’m also passionate about IT so this

is the perfect job for me. If you give your best for the organisation

you help move things forward and make your time with the

company worthwhile.”

Greg Dyer, Auto Electrician, is a Health and Safety rep and values

the increased emphasis on Safety: “You can help a workmate

stay safe by pointing out an error rather than turning a blind eye.

Watching out for others has improved around the port, and you’ll

now hear people reminding others to put on their ear-muffs or

safety glasses. Everyone is more aware of the importance of the little

things to make sure that we all get home at the end of the day.”

our port our people

Blokes are known to like

fixing and making things

in their sheds, and if you

can turn that into your

paid job it seems to be

a recipe for happiness

and long service. Our

workshop has just clocked

up its fifth staffer to reach

30 years of service, and

there are two more who

will reach that milestone

next year.

Happy in their workshop

We caught up with the

two most recent 30

year servers, from left,

Maintenance Worker Al

Cochrane and Launch

Master Peter Hoff, along

with Electrician Dennis

Maxted and Container

Yard Supervisor Andy

Farmer who have both

served 10 years, as has

Jim Lane who was absent

from the photo.

They all agree the variety

of the job at the port and

the great crew they work

with are the key factors

in keeping them on the

PNL staff. Al Cochrane

looks back on an era when

the reclamation was just

starting and he drove a

bull-dozer, working where

the Reliance workshops

are today. Peter Hoff also

began driving heavy plant,

and was also a diver doing

wharf maintenance back in

the Harbour Board days.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 10

making connections

Fulton Hogan is a

major Australasian

civil contracting

company with a staff

of over 6000.

Chances are, most days

of the week, at least four

members of that team

are down at Port Nelson,

keeping our wharves

and pavement in

tip-top order.

Fulton Hogan

Maintaining Our Standards

During the Great Depression, Jules Fulton and Bob Hogan had both

lost their jobs, and saw an opportunity, as cars replaced horses,

to set up a roading business. From start up in 1933, they literally

trucked along, weathering the bitumen and workforce shortages

of WWII, and slowly growing their Dunedin based business. The

company is still privately owned and the two founding families are

still very involved in day-to-day business operations.

Fulton Hogan Holdings Ltd entered the Nelson region in 1970, joining

forces with Transport Nelson to form Tasman Asphalt Ltd. From 1985

they acquired several other contracting businesses, consolidating

under the name Fulton Hogan. Today the Nelson-Buller Region base

is near Nelson Airport on Bolt Road, with a staff of 140 around the

region, constructing roads and bridges and upgrading streets and

stormwater systems for government authorities and the private

sector. Along with the construction and maintenance work, Fulton

Hogan’s regional core business includes supplying aggregate and

asphalt to the local market.

Fulton Hogan’s work for Port Nelson is divided between two divisions:

Construction and Civil. The company has close relationships with

Infrastructure Manager Matt McDonald and his team, who oversee

this work.

Eamon Powick heads Fulton Hogan’s pavement maintenance

contract at the port, and says a ‘common theme’ is damage from

containers, and pot holes from heavy machinery.

“We are working on a new contract stabilising 7000sq m of pavement

in the Container Yard, which involves milling cement into the

existing paving material and then applying new asphalt surfacing

over the top,” he says. “Port Nelson is really easy to work with – they

know what they want and have a practical approach.”

The wharf maintenance work at the port is managed by Mary

Falconer. This work involves general fender and wharf repairs, with

bigger contracts for major upgrades and pile replacements that are

tendered out.

“A lot of this work is tidal and governed by shipping requirements,”

Mary explains. “We have a new contract to undertake structural

maintenance work on Brunt Quay, that we will carry out over

summer with a crew of four to five.”

This type of repair work is labour intensive, as sections of wharf are

scaffolded to break out the damaged concrete and replace with

new. Mary echoes Eamon’s positive comments on working with the

port infrastructure team.

“We respect and value PNL as a client, they are practical and

honest to work with,” she adds. “As a company we appreciate the

consistency of the port work and their flexibility to work in with our

business structure.”

Fulton Hogan’s ‘men on the spot’ at Port Nelson are Stu Heath,

leading the civil team, while Matt Cockerton looks after the

pavement works.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 11

We are very close to a major milestone in our efforts to deal with

port noise, with the Nelson City Council (NCC) expected to adopt

the Port Noise Variation to the their Resource Management Plan

very soon. We have been working to the measures contained in the

Variation while it was under appeal to the Environment Court; but

PNL Environmental Officer Thomas Marchant says it is satisfying to

have the mediation process behind us.

“This will mean we can now concentrate wholeheartedly on measures

to reduce noise and to mitigate its effects,” he said.

We have also achieved two significant steps with both the Noise

Management Plan and Noise Mitigation Plan being ratified by

NCC. The Noise Management Plan now incorporates a number of

improvements that have arisen as part of the mediation process.

The Variation requires us to work with noise-affected property

Noise Variation

owners on mitigation measures. Of the 11 stage one (most affected)

properties, three elected to sell to PNL, five have gone ahead with

acoustic treatment paid for by PNL and two are yet to confirm their

approach. A total of eight Acoustic Certificates have been obtained.

In stage two, where there are 110 properties and we work with the

owners on mitigation costs, 45 replied, 37 have had acoustic reports

prepared and 10 properties have had some acoustic treatment, with

PNL paying 50 percent of costs.

Of the 145 properties in stage three, 35 replied to our letter outlining

the mitigation offer to them, 12 have had acoustic reports prepared

and two have had some acoustic treatment, mainly for ventilation,

with PNL paying a contribution.

Anyone interested in finding out more about noise mitigation for

their home should email

Residential input

The Noise Variation couldn’t have been achieved without

the residents who have worked with us on the Port

Noise Liaison Committee. We caught up with long serving

residents’ rep Bruce Robertson who got involved after

making a submission as the Variation went through the

public consultation stage. Bruce’s early 20th century villa In

Mount Pleasant Avenue looks out over the cargo operations

area. He says joining the Port Noise Liaison Committee has

been interesting, challenging and satisfying.

environment update

“The Port is really doing a tremendous job on cutting back

on noise and Thomas (Marchant) and Matt (McDonald) are

great to work with,” he says. “As a small business owner I’ve

been very aware of what a cumbersome process this has

been to go through – I have learnt a lot.”

Bruce’s original submission suggested noise monitoring,

and he has been gratified to see that brought in. “Once

they get better at identifying the various sounds this is

going to be a fantastic tool,” he says.

Framing our future

Port Nelson is one of 24 leading organisations chosen to sit on

the Mayoral Taskforce for Sustainability, which is overseeing the

development of the Community Sustainability Strategy for Nelson,

now known as Framing our Future. As a significant employer in

the region and a central part of the community of Nelson, we

take this role seriously and see developing this strategy as a very

important process to be involved in. Recently Thomas Marchant

was interviewed for a Nelson Mail series on the taskforce’s work.

Thomas outlined several of the measures in place to make the port

more sustainable, such as catching rainwater for use in damping

down log yards and the recapture of fumigant. Thomas said the

port was on a ‘sustainability journey’ and was drafting a formal

plan on this: ‘It’s been a natural progression of efficiency gains and

cost savings.’

Framing our Future Project Manager Chris Ward from the Nelson

City Council says having a big business like PNL on board is

absolutely essential: “We are keen to ensure we have wide buyin

and that the community takes ownership of this process.

The economy and business are a big part of the community that

needs to be represented.”

The Nelson waterfront is valued for recreation – looking after this environment

is in all our interests, now and into the future. Photo: Tourism Nelson Tasman

RePort is Green

In line with our environmental policies RePort uses elemental chlorine free paper produced from

sustainably managed forests. RePort is printed with vegetable based inks.

Port Nelson Limited report. December 2011. Page 12

looking back

Haulashore Island

With plans to place a large sculpture on Haulashore Island, it’s timely to take a look back at this Nelson landmark,

one that we all see as we drive along Rocks Road, but may not know much about.

Children’s Day at Haulashore Island, Easter 1918

Side shows including Aunt Sally and the Ocean Wave, ‘excellent teas in a

marquee for the low price of 6d’ and a ‘capital programme of music by Vitetta

Brothers’ Orchestra’ contributed to a great day out for children and their parents,

according to The Colonist newspaper. This was war time and all proceeds from

the picnic went to King George’s Fund for Sailors.

Photo: Nelson Provincial Museum, C3197.

In the early days of the European settlement Haulashore was known

as Fifeshire Island, after one of the first settler ships. However, its

use for hauling boats up to be cleaned saw the island renamed. It

was Nelson’s first European cemetery, as the burial place of Thomas

Cresswell who arrived in the Whitby with Captain Arthur Wakefield's

expedition in 1841. When the Nelson settlement was planned,

1100 Town Acres were needed and four sections were surveyed on

Haulashore. Early maps also show three forts, named for Admiral

Lord Nelson’s Battles: the Corsican ports of Bastia, Calvi where he lost

an eye, and Aboukir, which was the scene of the Battle of the Nile.

In a 1970 article in the Nelson Historical Society Journal, B E

Dickinson speculates on whether the named forts were ever built.

There were plenty of cannons around at the time, ship’s cannons,

cannons on Britannia Heights and Church Hill used to alert the

settlers to arrival of ships. They crop up in newspapers of the day,

but it’s hard to pin them down to Haulashore. As Dickinson states:

“… if you wander about Haulashore Island today among the pine

trees…you fail to see any signs of fortifications. Not a fragment

of ruined stone-wall, not a single block of masonry are to be seen

anywhere. What has happened to the forts? Where have they gone?

Who destroyed them? We haven't one sketch or plan to show what

they looked like!”

Reports of cannons being fired from the port are equally vague, as

the firings mentioned in early newspapers could have been fired

from ships. A report to Colonel Wakefield written in 1844 on the

occasion of the visit to Nelson of Governor Fitzroy states: "Governor

Fitzroy …… did not land ‘til the Wednesday morning at 10am. On

leaving the North Star (which was anchored in Bolton Roads) he

was saluted by that vessel and the salute returned from the fort."

At last – a fort is mentioned!

Later, in August 1857, when gold fever hit Collingwood, Nelson

reacted to news that Chinese miners might be coming with an

outburst of ‘white fright’. A meeting at the courthouse was told

by one excited settler ‘that they should try and prevent any such

immigration even if they had to load the port guns!”

More Haulashore stories

Up until 1906 when The Cut was made in the Boulder Bank,

Haulashore was only an actual island at high tide. Old maps show the

Pilot Channel between the lighthouse and the powder magazine,

was used by the pilot as a short cut to ships waiting to enter port.

One of the stories recorded by those who lived in the keepers’

cottages at the lighthouse is from Mrs Coleman. She tells how her

brothers liked to tease the herd of goats then living on the island

by chasing them down the Boulder Bank past the lighthouse, and

holding them until the tide rose so the goats could only get back to

Haulashore by swimming.

Another interesting story about Haulashore is that the City Council

used to take gravel from the Island for road building. The gravel was

loaded on to a barge by shovel and barrow, then a large square sail

was hoisted and the south-west wind would take the barge to the

old gasworks wharf, where Vickerman Street now joins Haven Road.

This journey could take up to half a day, depending on the tide

and wind.

Early conservationist Perrine Moncrieff, who was instrumental in the

creation of the Abel Tasman National Park, had a hand in making

Haulashore Island a reserve. After the death of their elder son in

1925, the Moncrieffs donated part of Haulashore Island to the

children of Nelson.

Source: Forts on Haulashore, B. E. Dickinson, Nelson Historical Society Journal,

Volume 2, Issue 4, May 1970; additional information from the Nelson Historical

Society Journals Volume 2, Issue 1, February 1966 and Volume 2, Issue 5,

November 1971.

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