Un­load­ing equip­ment ar­rives for new Hol­cim sites

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Hol­cim New Zealand is in­vest­ing $100 mil­lion in new ce­ment stor­age ter­mi­nals and dis­tri­bu­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Ti­maru and Auck­land. This sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the sup­ply chain and sup­ply part­ner­ships will en­sure Hol­cim’s cus­tomers con­tinue to have un­in­ter­rupted ac­cess to high qual­ity ce­ment and sup­port for their busi­ness oper­a­tions, says the com­pany.

The con­struc­tion of the state-of-the-art stor­age domes at both Ti­maru and Auck­land sites is near­ing com­ple­tion. Each dome is ca­pa­ble of stor­ing 30,000 tonnes of ce­ment.

A ma­jor mile­stone in the project was the ar­rival and com­mis­sion­ing of the ship un­load­ing equip­ment for both sites. The state-of-the-art ship un­load­ers were man­u­fac­tured by Van Aalst in the Nether­lands, took four months to build and weigh around 200 tonnes each.

The equip­ment was loaded onto the ship MV Happy Dragon at Rot­ter­dam for the six-week voy­age via the Panama Canal. Af­ter un­load­ing at Ti­maru the ves­sel con­tin­ued onto Auck­land to de­liver the Auck­land ce­ment un­loader.

The un­load­ing equip­ment will be com­mis­sioned in Ti­maru be­fore the first ship­ment of ce­ment from Ja­pan ar­rives early this month. The Auck­land ter­mi­nal un­load­ing equip­ment will be com­mis­sioned in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2016.

The Ti­maru ter­mi­nal is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional by Jan­uary 2016 (sup­ply­ing the South Is­land and lower North Is­land). The Auck­land ter­mi­nal is track­ing slightly ahead of sched­ule and is ex­pected to be op­er­at­ing in May/June 2016.

In other Hol­cim news the Ports of Auck­land says that al­though from mid-2016 Hol­cim ships will no longer call at the Port of One­hunga, the com­pany will con­tinue to op­er­ate a ce­ment bag­ging fa­cil­ity at the site. The change has come about due to ne­go­ti­a­tions with Panuku De­vel­op­ment Auck­land to sell the Port of One­hunga and make it avail­able for pub­lic use. The Manukau Har­bour is also now con­sid­ered too shal­low for mod­ern ship­ping and over the past few years One­hunga oper­a­tions have been con­sol­i­dat­ing at the main Ports of Auck­land fa­cil­ity on the Waitem­ata Har­bour. The con­struc­tion of a new ce­ment im­port fa­cil­ity at the Waitem­ata port, to be com­pleted in 2016, is the fi­nal phase in the move of freight oper­a­tions from One­hunga.

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