Security Access

What do you need to do? If you are a user of No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 Wharves, you will need to ensure that you hold a valid PrimePort Safety Induction.  This can be done online - click here.

If you are a regular user of No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 Wharves, you will need to apply for a security access tag, if you have not got one already.  The process is detailed here.

Application forms for access tags can be downloaded from the website and are also available from PrimePort reception during normal office hours, i.e. Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.  If you already have an access tag, please email to request access to No. 1 Wharf.

For temporary access users the Port User can purchase their own company access tag(s), which can be issued to a temporary user.  These tags will remain inactive until the Port User Company provides the following temporary acess user details (name/contact details/copy of licence and time period access tag is required).  Please note temporary access users must complete the PrimePort Induction.

Security Levels

As per the Maritime Security Act

Security Level means the quantification of the degree of risk that a security incident will be attempted or will occur.

Security Level 1 means the level for which minimum appropriate protective security measures must be maintained at all times.

Security Level 2 means the level for which appropriate additional protective security measures must be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident.

Security Level 3 means the level for which further specific protective security measures must be maintained for a limited period of time when a security incident is probable or imminent, although it may not be possible to identify the specific target.

PrimePort will display its security level at the port gates in the event of Level 2 or Level 3 being declared.

Port Access

Public entry is not permitted to any secure area of the port at any time.

All contractors and authorised visitors entering the secure areas must report to the relevant Security Gate or 'work site' manager.  They must carry a tamper-proof valid photo ID, such as a driver's licence or passport.  Unannounced visits must be cleared by a PrimePort representative before entry can be granted.  Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times in operational areas.  Any visitor without a current port safety induction, will need to be accompanied by an authorised person.

For regular access to the Port, a security tag shall be required.  Please phone PrimePort’s Administration Office number – 03 687 2700 or email

Watch House & Checkpoints

Under the Maritime Security Act, all vehicles entering PrimePort Timaru are subject to search as a condition of entry.

It is prohibited to carry firearms, dangerous or offensive weapons and instruments, ammunition, explosive, incendiary, biological or chemical substances or devices that could be used to endanger the safety of the port security area or persons in the port security area.

Any of the above items that need to be brought in to the port require written permission from the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO).

Security Contacts

Security / Watchhouse (24 hours)+64 3 687
Operations Manager+64 3 687
Marine Manager+64 3 687