Coal shipping for new customer, Bathurst Resources Ltd, commenced in November 2011. Coal is loaded to coastal vessels and shipped to New Plymouth for export.
Westport Harbour and Bathurst Resources are currently developing plans for new facilities to handle large volumes of coal coming from their Buller Coal mines. It is expected that this will become a major new business for the port over the next five years.
Facilities, including rail loadout, conveying, covered storage and ship loaders are currently being designed.