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Lyttelton Port Resumes Core Services After Christchurch Quake

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Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, New Zealand’s largest coal-exporting hub, resumed core services after last week’s earthquake.

“The port’s core services are operational,” the company said in a statement on its website.

The port was closed and infrastructure damaged in the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch Feb. 22, killing more than 140 people. The death toll is likely to increase, with 50 still unaccounted for, according to police.

One ship has berthed for fuel exchange and three more are scheduled to arrive at the oil berth in the next three days, the port said. Structural checks will be carried out on the port’s dry dock this week, it said.

Lyttelton Port unloaded one ship carrying 300 containers this morning and is expecting two more vessels today, the company said. The nearby Lyttelton road tunnel has been reopened for residents and emergency and essential services, including container transport, it said.

To contact the reporter for this story: Phoebe Sedgman in Wellington at psedgman2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net.

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