Shakespeare Bay - Waimahara Wharf

Shakespeare Bay is a deep water port facility opened in April 2000 in the bay adjacent to the company's existing port facilities in Picton Harbour.  The 200 metre long Waimahara Wharf is designed as a multi- purpose berth and is predominantly used for log exports and as a berth for large cruise ships. Shore bollards at either end enable cruise ships up to 320m LOA to berth.

Shakespeare Bay lends itself as a supply base for project cargo requiring access to a deep water / non-surge port. Quayside storage of 10 hectares can be accessed by road, rail and coastal shipping to allow cargo consolidation prior to shipment.  The area is fully lit to allow 24/7 operation.  Port activity is screened from the township of Picton by a bush covered ridge.

A barge ramp at the southern end of the wharf facilitates barging of logs from the Sounds.

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Waimahara Wharf Specifications 

Wharf Length 200 metres
Wharf Width 29 metres
Construction Reinforced concrete with 200 octagonal pre-stressed concrete piles, 29 metres long and 600 mm diameter
Deck 750 mm concrete, designed to accommodate travelling crane
Height 4.5 metres above MLWS
Axle Loading 100 tonnes
Bollards 100 tonne cast steel at 12 metre spacing
Fendering Rubber sprung timber facing to wharf. Yokohamas are available.
Depth at Berth 14 metres
Maximum Size LOA 320m at 9m draft
LOA 190m at 13.5m draft
Quayside Storage 10 hectares

Port Berth Details

All dimensions in metres unless otherwise stated. Depths below datum. Heights above MLWS.

Quay Length 200
Height 4.5
Heading 024º - 204º
Berth Pocket 360 x 40

260 x 35
Least Depth 10.0

Max Draft 9.0

Max LOA 320

Max Bm 39.0

Limiting Conditions SS2: Stern on minus 5m
PS2: Bulbous bow on minus 35m
Either side to.

Port Limits

Inside the strait lines from Cape Jackson to Cape Koamaru, and from east head to west head at the Tory Channel entrance.

Approaches:  CHARTS (NZ6153 & NZ6154 are applicable)
Due to the heavy ferry traffic in Tory Channel all foreign vessels should use the Northern Entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound.  There is minimum depth of 13.2 metres in the main channel west of Long Island. For vessels with draft exceeding 10.5m transiting the West side of Long Island a 2.0m minimum static UKC is required.  The controlling depth for UKC calculations is set by the HM as 13.2m. Any vessel with draft exceeding this must use the alternative channel to the east of Long Island with minimum water depth of 19.2 metres. Use of the eastern channel is restricted to daylight hours only by direction of the Harbourmaster.

The inner part of the Queen Charlotte Sound is generally over 20 metres in depth.  Vessels entering or leaving Picton harbour are to navigate at a speed not exceeding 12 knots south of Mabel Island light.  Between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility, navigation south of Mabel Island is restricted to one vessel over 500GT at a time.

Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 500GT in Queen Charlotte Sound and for vessels over 350 GT in Tory Channel, subject to exemption.  Enquiries should be directed to the Harbourmaster. Pilot boarding ground is 0.5 nautical miles to the east of Motuara Island at the northern entrance (latitude 41degrees 06’S, longitude 174degrees 17.5’E), 17 nautical miles from the berth.  Pilotage services are provided by Port Marlborough Marine Services. (click here for contacts)

Pilotage District, Queen Charlotte Sound:
Inside a straight line drawn in a 303 degree direction from Paparoa Point on Arapawa Island to the opposite shore and the arc of a circle radius one mile centered on the West Head light.

Anchorages Vessels of 500 GT or greater may anchor in the following areas with permission from the Harbourmaster:
  • No. 1 and 2 Anchorages – all vessels
  • Quarantine Anchorage – vessels 120m or less in length.
Restrictions See PORT LIMITS – Approaches
Tidal Range Neap 0.6 metres (0.5m MLWN-1.1m MHWN)
Spring 1.7 metres (0.0m MLWS-1.7m MHWS)
Tugs Tug services are provided by Port Marlborough and an independent operator and arranged through Port Marlborough Marine Services. (click here for contacts)
A 28T bollard pull Z Pellor tug, a 28T bollard pull Voith tug and a 15T bollard pull utility tug are available.

Port Security

Port Marlborough is an accredited I.S.P.S Code compliant Port Facility (Certified 01 July 2004).

Secure and Restricted Access ship/port interface is provided at both Waitohi and Waimahara Wharves. The Port Services Centre operates 24 hours a day, contact +64 3 520 3350 or VHF Channel 18.

In accordance with the New Zealand Maritime Security Act (2004) requirements, all access to restricted wharf areas alongside international shipping is strictly controlled and crew/passengers seeking access/egress must be in possession of approved tamperproof photographic identification.

Visiting ships are asked to assist in ensuring a safe and secure port by promptly reporting any suspicious or unusual behaviour observed.


First entry at a New Zealand Port: Pratique is granted after a vessel berths provided she has a clean bill of health from her last Port. Otherwise the vessel should go to a suitable anchorage where the Port Health Officer will board.  Once cleared at the first port in New Zealand, no further pratique is required.


Call sign "Picton Harbour Radio".VHF Channel 18.  Radio watch maintained 24 hours a day.

Maritime Radio VHF channel 16.

Waimahara Wharf

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