Container Terminal

The surge-free, deep-water Port Chalmers Container Facility handles the largest container vessels that call at New Zealand ports. Twenty-four hour service by experienced staff ensures rapid turnaround of vessels and cargo.

The facility covers 15 hectares of heavy duty paved area with the capacity to store over 7000 containers.  A wash pad for 72 containers ensures efficient turnaround for both dry and reefer containers for dispatch to export pack-points.  Port Otago also has the highest number of reefer points available in any New Zealand port.  A sophisticated Container Management System makes Port Otago fully equipped to meet the demands of the high value reefer trade.


Cargo Handling

The experienced Port Otago stevedoring team delivers expert service, 24 hours a day, all year round. Innovative technology, including state-of-the-art yard and ship planning, means a quick cargo exchange.

From fully cellular vessels to multipurpose vessels and vehicle carriers, the quality standard is the same, emphasising hard work, quality and customer service.


The Equipment Package

At the heart of Port Otago's equipment strategy is the "right facilities" philosophy. We invest in the capital equipment required to ensure that we are constantly anticipating our clients’ needs.

Port Otago is a two-crane port, with the capacity to work two ships simultaneously.


ZPMC Gantry Cranes

Lifting 60 tonnes
Lift Height (above Crane rail) 35m
Outreach from fender 44m



Technology is a fundamental part of our customer service focus. Our Jade Master Terminal (JMT) Container Management System delivers sophisticated ship planning and yard control. Flexibility and adapting to individual client needs are a feature of the system.

Yard control utilises state-of-the-art radio telemetry driven by JMT.  Port Otago utilises Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and gives clients the ability to access operational information in real time, 24 hours a day, via this website.

For more information on the JMT Container Management System used by Port Otago visit Jade’s website: