Reef Shipping has advised its customers in the Cook Islands to expect delays from now through the end of July.
It says it cannot introduce its newer, faster ship Southern Reef until the harbour redevelopment is complete, and until then its carrying capacity is limited.
Reef Express voyage 157, which is scheduled to arrive in Rarotonga on June 13th and Aitutaki on June 15th, was unable to accept all cargo orders.
The shipping company says some cargo did not make it onto the ship before the wait list closed, and will remain at the Auckland wharf until Southern Tiare departs.
The cargo will be loaded onto Southern Tiare in Auckland on June 23rd, which sails directly to Rarotonga and her estimated time of arrival is June 30th at Avarua.