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1953 20 Nov: Work on a new wharf at Mount Maunganui began

1954 5 Dec: first vessel to berth at the new facility was Korowai.

1963 9 Feb: HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

1965 30 Jun: New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Keith Holyoake officially handed over full control of port operations to the Port Board.

1967 11 Sep: the first container was loaded on board a ship.

1980 10 Jul: chemical tanker Esso Gina became the first vessel to use a new 80m bulk cement/tanker berth.

1985 15 Oct: New Zealand Steel Ltd decided to use Tauranga for the import and export of steel products.

1987 24 Jun: world’s largest cattle shipment started from Tauranga.

New berths built at the Sulphur

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