Westhaven makes customs clearance a reality in Auckland
Panuku Development Auckland has established a new Port of First Arrival (PoFA) berth that enables vessels under 25m to clear in and out of customs from Westhaven Marina.
Westhaven Manager Kevin Lidgard says that the service will be welcomed, enabling vessels visiting New Zealand to undertake refit, maintenance, and provisioning in Auckland.
Around 600 boats visit New Zealand each year, including boats owned by New Zealanders returning to the country, a number expected to grow with the upcoming America’s Cup.
Vessels over 25m in length are catered for by facilities at nearby Viaduct and Silo Marinas but since the closure of the ‘Admiralty Steps’ several years ago, smaller boats arriving in the country have been required to arrive in Opua or Marsden Point – both many hours from Auckland by water.
“Yachts clearing into Westhaven will support the industry of marine services that are based in the area,” Lidgard says. “This includes major refits and small touch ups that need to be undertaken while visiting New Zealand.”
“Westhaven Marina is dedicated to being a fantastic marina for boaties, supporting employment and the industry. This service has been missing in Auckland for decades and we are very pleased to be able to work with the Ministry of Primary Industries, and Customs New Zealand, to provide it.”
Executive Director of the New Zealand Marine Industry, Peter Busfield says, “the marine industry is delighted and congratulates the council owned Westhaven Marina for providing this new clearance facility so yachts arriving from overseas can now make Auckland their first port of call when visiting New Zealand.”
The marina has also this month established a new berth for commercial vessels such as ferries to load passengers at its commercial base at Z Pier that has been welcomed by this sector ahead of the 36th Americas Cup
To book either the Load N Go or the PoFA berth please contact the Westhaven team.