Holcim delays cement ship decision, New Zealand

Holcim delays cement ship decision, New Zealand
Published: 07 June 2007

Holcim has delayed a decision on replacing one of two bulk carrier vessels, until it decides how to meet growth in cement demand.  
The company will decide by mid-2009 about replacing the MV Westport, used to transport cement from its Westport plant to depots in ports around the country.  
Holcim is considering designs for an 8000t vessel and a 12,000t vessel, expected to be operational in 2012.  
Chartering a suitable ship would also be considered as an interim measure.  
The company is investigating two long-term cement supply options –  a new plant in either Westport or Weston, near Oamaru–  and a medium-term option using its existing Westport plant.