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Phil Julian - Manager Operations

Complying with Port of Tauranga Health and Safety Procedures

All people who enter the port must comply with Port of Tauranga’s health and safety procedures and the health and safety procedures of the companies and organisations they are visiting.

In the interests of your own safety and the safety of others, please read and follow the guidelines below.

Statutory Requirements

The entire area within the Port of Tauranga boundaries, as published in the New Zealand Gazette, is subjected to legislative regulations that must be complied with. The Maritime Security Act 2004, the Maritime Security Regulations 2004 and the ISPS Code form the basis of the statutory requirements.

The entire area of the Port of Tauranga is a Customs Controlled Area (CCA)

This area is subject to all regulations imposed by the Customs and Excise Act 1996 as well as legislative requirements of The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

  • Only those persons on authorised business within the port may have access to the Port of Tauranga.
  • Access to the port will only be granted on presentation of either a port-issued access pass or presentation of acceptable photographic ID to the security staff at the manned gatehouses.
  • No port access will be issued until the Port of Tauranga Primary Induction has been completed.
  • Access to the Tauranga Container Terminal is dependent on all persons complying with the visitor access procedures, see Port of Tauranga’s Visitor Register.
  • No persons will be granted access to ships without the prior approval of the Master or the Agent.
  • No access will be allowed into quarantine areas unless authorised by MPI  Border Control.
  • No imported goods are permitted to be removed from the port unless the importer is in possession of an electronic or manually issued Customs Delivery Order. This must be produced before entry to the port will be granted.
  • Access to the Port of Tauranga is conditional upon all persons agreeing to random inspections of vehicles and belongings.


  • People may visit the port company or organisations that operate within the port perimeter, however, they must comply with the safety protocols of the organisation they are visiting.
  • If you are visiting Tauranga Container Terminal, before you enter, you must be registered at the gate. If you have not previously been inducted, you will be required to either be inducted at the time, or be met by a person from the company or organisation you are visiting.

 Motor Vehicle Requirements

  • All vehicles being driven on the port must have their headlights turned on.
  • Vehicles which have to enter operational areas must use extreme caution and must be equipped with an approved flashing light on top of the vehicle – this must be used in any area deemed operational.
  • The maximum speed on Tasman Quay and Wharf Road on the Mount Maunganui side is 40kph.  On every road leading from Tasman Quay or Wharf Road to the berths, or through operational areas, the speed limit is 20kph.  These speeds are the maximum speeds permitted but are NOT the mandatory speeds. Care should always be taken while driving on the port and speeds reduced appropriate to the conditions.
  • The maximum speed on North Road and East Road at Tauranga Container Terminal is 30kph. Care should always be taken while driving on the port and speeds reduced appropriate to the conditions.
  • Remember, heavy cargo handling equipment may be encountered in all areas at any time.
  • Cargo handling equipment has restricted visibility and motor vehicles should pull over, give way or stop to ensure maximum clearance. NOTE: MANY HEAVY MACHINE OPERATORS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE YOU. 
  • Parking is confined to designated parking areas.
  • Under no circumstances are vehicles permitted to drive along the wharf apron past working vessels.
  • Vehicle access to berths must be by the designated access ways.

Commercial Vehicles

  • All vehicles being driven on the port must have their headlights turned on.
  • Flashing roof lights are required in all operational areas.
  • Transport operators unfamiliar with the Port of Tauranga are to advise Security Staff at the gatehouse of their destination.
  • No vehicles are permitted to enter the Tauranga Container Terminal operational area without the prior consent of the Terminal Supervisor.
  • Drivers must wear high visibility safety clothing when not in their cabs.
  • Drivers must, whenever possible, park off the designated roadways to secure/unsecure or cover/uncover their loads.
  • Passengers who are authorised to be on the port must remain in the truck at all times unless directed to vacate.
  • Port Security should be contacted when there is a requirement to move over-dimension, overweight cargoes or for any activity necessitating carnage.


  • Taxis can drop their customers off at the Rata Street, Hull Road, or the Tauranga Container Terminal gatehouses.
  • Taxis authorised to enter the port are only permitted to drive on Wharf Road or Tasman Quay to transport customers to businesses whose offices are on these roads.  All taxi drivers must complete the Port’s Primary Induction before access willbe permitted.
  • By exception only, taxis may transport customers to the shipside but only when escorted by Port Security.
  • Every taxi driver and every taxi occupant must produce photographic identification before entry to the port will be permitted.


  • All contractors working in the port must complete the Port’s Primary Induction, and any other induction the organisation or company they are working for may require.

Personal Safety Equipment

  • All persons entering or working in operational areas must wear high visibility safety clothing that meets the NZ standard for day/night use (AS/NZS 4602). The wearing of hard hats is compulsory in certain areas within the port and as part of certain operations. Additional safety clothing shall be worn as required by individual companies’ health and safety policies.

Accident and Emergencies

  • All fires, emergencies, accidents, oil spills, chemical leaks, vandalism or damage should be immediately reported to the Customer Service Centre on 572 8888.
  • The Customer Service Centre has procedures in place to notify the appropriate emergency service and to assist them in providing a speedy and efficient response to any emergency.
  • There are a number of defibrillators located on port:  click on the map to ensure you know where to find the nearest one.

  Defibrillator map for Port of Tauranga and vicinity


  • All pedestrians walking from designated car parks to their places of employment must keep to the yellow walkways and should wear high visibility clothing (day/night standard) at all times.
  • Pedestrians must not enter cargo storage/operational areas unless accompanied by Port of Tauranga staff or authorised personnel.
  • Walking to and from ships is not permitted. The Port operates a shuttle bus service to transport crew and visitors from shipside to wharf gates.


  • Children under 15 years of age are not permitted on the port.

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