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.
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