Big ships spell greater ef­fi­ciency

A col­lab­o­ra­tion of ex­porters is be­hind the de­liv­ery of the largest con­tainer ship to ever visit New Zealand wa­ters; herald­ing new di­rect ser­vices to South Amer­ica and North Asia.

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Ex­port sup­ply chain col­lab­o­ra­tor Ko­tahi, to­gether with Maersk Line, are wel­com­ing the largest con­tainer ship to ever visit New Zealand wa­ters this month. Ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing 9,500 TEU, the con­tainer ship is call­ing at Port of Tau­ranga.

Ko­tahi chief ex­ec­u­tive David Ross says the new era of big ship vis­its to New Zealand has been made pos­si­ble through Ko­tahi’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with ex­porters, Maersk Line and Port of Tau­ranga.

“Two years ago, Ko­tahi en­tered sep­a­rate long-term agree­ments with Port of Tau­ranga and Maersk Line to lay the ground­work to bring larger, more sus­tain­able and ef­fi­cient ves­sels onto the coun­try’s key trade lanes. It’s fan­tas­tic to see this now be­ing de­liv­ered in a shorter time­frame than orig­i­nally en­vis­aged.

“The ar­rival of larger ships to our wa­ters is a key mile­stone for New Zealand on its jour­ney to be­come a more ef­fi­cient ex­port na­tion. The new Triple Star en­hances ser­vices to Asia, and the re­cently an­nounced South Pa­cific Ex­press achieves a di­rect ser­vice to South Amer­ica, en­abling New Zealand to bet­ter com­pete with ex­port na­tions which have big ships on their main trade routes.

“Build­ing on the suc­cess of the Triple

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