Monday, 11 February 2008


A week or so ago I was at Ahuriri (part of Napier down on the waterfront) and watched the container ships coming from and going to the harbour. A lot of New Zealand's goods are moved this way and, of course, imports and exports have to come this way - there's no trans-Tasman tunnel!

Waiting to turn into the port channel

Waiting for the outgoing vessel to clear the channel and release the pilot

Pilot cutter leaving vessel with sport fishing boat entering small boat harbour

Pilot cutters/tugs busying themselves

Entering port

Unloading began within 10 minutes of docking

Also in port was this cruise ship - part of New Zealand's huge tourism business

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