18 October 2012
UPDATE ON 2013 / 2014 CRUISE SEASON AT LPC
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has announced it is unable to accept
bookings for the majority of cruise vessels for the 2013/2014 cruise season.
In March 2012, LPC announced it would defer the development of new cruise
berth facilities pending a comprehensive review of Port development and
enhancement plans after the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
The review of development and enhancement plans included reassessing the
original cruise berth plans, and the proposed designs, in light of the
Chief Executive Peter Davie says the Port is currently working through
options for cruise berth development, design, construction and funding.
"Given the complex nature and the limited timeframe, it will be challenging
to meet the opening of the 2013/2014 cruise season in October 2013. When we
do the cruise berth development we will need to take into account
infrastructure such as roads and parking for coaches, to provide customers
with an experience that is up to international standards."
Peter Davie says the cruise industry remains a priority for tourism in
Canterbury and LPC will continue to play a role. The Port will still cater to
small cruise vessels that can berth in the Port''s Inner Harbour.
"With the new cruise facilities, we have to do it right first time around and
we have to be fiscally responsible. It has been a difficult decision, but in
the long run it will prove to be the right decision. We would like to thank
our cruise customers for their patience and understanding, in what has been
an extremely challenging time."
For further information contact:
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch
027 444 1254
End CA:00228588 For:LPC Type:GENERAL Time:2012-10-18 11:42:38