Our Services

Independent Stevedoring has an international reputation for the skilful handling of a variety of mixed break bulk cargoes.

One of our largest customers, Swire Shipping, requires ISL to handle a large volume of cargoes on its multi-purpose and container vessels, including containers, logs, sawn timber, other forestry products, steel, aluminium and oversize items.

Project cargoes/specialist services

Independent Stevedoring has developed a range of innovative solutions for the handling of oversize, unusual and delicate cargoes.  From luxury launches to industrial machinery, the ISL team handles specialist cargoes with care and efficiency, often using our own specially designed lifting equipment.

Forest products

ourservices_2.jpgIndependent Stevedoring has proven expertise in handling logs, sawn timber, wood pulp, kraft linerboard and other forest products.

Fresh produce

Independent Stevedoring loads charter vessels on behalf of two of New Zealand's largest onion exporters.  The Europe-bound cargo is handled in large wooden bins into open hatch-type multipurpose vessels, with large ventilation shafts and tunnels built by the specialist Independent Stevedoring team.

Bulk cargoes

Independent Stevedoring has developed practices for the discharge of bulk fertiliser and other imported agrichemicals that minimise the negative effect on our environment.  The company's pro-active ways have eliminated the need for Port of Tauranga to charge wharf cleaning fees to our customers.  We have worked for Ballance Agri-Nutrients for nearly 10 years in this specialist area.

ISL discharges cargo for a variety of customers and commodities that include Cement, PKE, Fertiliser, Coke, animal feeds and grains.

The team at Independent Stevedoring is also contracted to Dominion Salt to discharge charter vessels bringing raw solar salt to Port of Tauranga.

Read more here about our innovative solutions in dealing with bulk cargoes.

Container terminal services

Independent Stevedoring provides expert onboard container lashing and stevedoring services as well as straddle driving, to the Port of Tauranga container terminal at Sulphur Point.  In 2007, 2009,  2013, 2014 and again in 2016, we provided the stevedoring services for the delivery of Liebherr gantry cranes to Port of Tauranga. On the 4th of  October 2016 ISL were pleased stevedore the largest container vessel to ever call New Zeand, the Aotea Maersk.