Covid-19 Alert Level 3 at Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga has implemented extensive measures to keep safe our people, trade and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. At Alert Level 3, all port users are still required to use enhanced safety and hygiene practices.

Basic Hygiene

The risk of Covid-19 has diminished, but it has not gone away, so it is still important for all port users to:

  • Wash hands frequently, using soap and water and / or hand sanitiser.
  • Keep social distance from other people, including other work groups (at least two metres).
  • Disinfect surfaces, vehicles and equipment often (and always between users).
  • Keep track of close contacts in case of sickness or there is a local outbreak.
  • Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Stay away from the port if unwell.

Safety Plans

All Port of Tauranga contractors and service providers commencing operations under Level 3 and accessing Port of Tauranga facilities are required to provide the Port with a copy of their Covid-19 Level 3 Safety Plan before commencing operations on site. Please contact our Group Health and Safety Manager, Pat Kirk, with any queries (email [email protected]).

Shipping / vessels

  • Vessels remain subject to the enhanced border control measures administered by government agencies.

Operational Staff

  • Interaction between work groups remains restricted for all operational staff.
  • Shared vehicles and equipment cleaned between users and direct contact with ship’s crew is to be avoided (except for those wearing the appropriate PPE).
  • Shift changes are being managed to avoid interaction.

Office-based Staff

  • Administration and other office-based Port of Tauranga staff will continue to work from home if possible.
  • Work stations on site are separated by at least two metres.

Security and Reception

  • Access through the Hull Road, Rata Street, Tasman Quay and Sulphur Point gates is via swipe card only.
  • Receptions at both the Tauranga Container Terminal and Mount Maunganui administration building are closed to unannounced visitors. Enquiries should be made via phone: (07) 572 8899.
  • We are continuing to restrict the number of drivers allowed in the Terminal R&D reception area at any one time and the use of e-gate transactions is strongly encouraged.
  • Transport operators without e-gate are required to email Carters Notes to TctR&[email protected]
  • Drivers arriving outside their VBS window are required to wait in their vehicle.


  • Cargo movements, especially at the Mount Maunganui wharves, will increase over the next few weeks.
  • All port users must follow roadways and keep to the speed limits.

For further details, contact:

Leonard Sampson
Chief Operating Officer
Port of Tauranga Limited
07 572 8899