Updated charts support cruise ship industry

Updated nautical charts released by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) will support the growing number of cruise ships visiting Wellington Harbour.

LINZ Acting Group Manager Hydrography, Jennifer Ryan, says a lot of work has gone into making sure the latest versions of the two Wellington charts meet the needs of the industry, as well as other professional skippers and recreational boaties.

“Cruise ship visits to the capital have doubled over the last eight years, and the vessels are also growing in size. This means having accurate navigational information is more important than ever,” says Jennifer.

“We’ve used new survey data and consulted extensively with pilots and the Harbourmaster in updating these charts.”

Figures from industry body Cruise New Zealand show that the 2013/14 cruise season contributed $34.8 million to Wellington’s economy, and supported 688 jobs. The 2014/15 season is forecast to contribute $35 million and to support 693 jobs.

The updated charts cover Wellington’s wharves, the harbour entrance as well as the inner harbour. Updated information includes changes to lights and light sectors, and more accurate representation of wharves and marinas.

“Another priority has been to include details useful for recreational boaties. One example of this is that we have extended the charts to now include Seaview Marina.”

The two charts, NZ 4633 Wellington Harbour and NZ4634 Wellington Harbour Entrance and Plans of Wharves, are available from approved retailers. Digital versions are also available to download free of charge from LINZ.