Su­per-Bs clock

One mil­lion tonnes

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Contents -

TWO PI­O­NEER­ING 62 TONNE SU­PER B UNITS RUN BY Em­mer­son Trans­port have clocked-up their mil­lionth tonne of freight.

In­tro­duced in Jan­uary 2012 as a way of stream­lin­ing costs by in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity, the high-pro­duc­tiv­ity units run a speci ed and re­stricted route from Pan Pac’s mill to the port of Napier, just 18km away.

Af­ter ve years of op­er­a­tion, the pro­ject has blown away ex­pec­ta­tions and ex­ceeded tar­gets, with signi cant sav­ings across mul­ti­ple ar­eas – prompt­ing a cel­e­bra­tion last month, with Em­mer­son Trans­port (ETL) invit­ing par­ties in­volved in the pro­ject, plus in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing the New Zealand Trans­port Agency and the Road Trans­port Fo­rum....along with NZ Truck & Driver to le this ex­clu­sive re­port.

A joint ini­tia­tive be­tween ETL, Pan Pac, NZTA and many pro­ject part­ners and sup­pli­ers, the Su­per-B pro­ject was ul­ti­mately tasked with the sin­gle job of de­liv­er­ing pack­aged pulp bales from Pan Pac’s Whiri­naki plant, to Napier’s Port, for global ex­port to ar­eas like Ja­pan, China and Tai­wan.

With a sec­ond Su­per-B unit ap­proved and added just nine months af­ter the rst, the op­er­a­tion was in full swing by the end of 2012, with two iden­ti­cal Ken­worth T408s staged to al­ter­nate their ar­rivals be­tween fac­tory and port, while cross­ing paths mul­ti­ple times per day – to­gether achiev­ing a to­tal of 28-30 round trips over a 16-hour shift, ve-and-a-half days a week.

e two Su­per-Bs have re­sulted in a 33% re­duc­tion in both daily trips and to­tal kilo­me­tres trav­elled, a 27% re­duc­tion in labour in­put, 12% re­duc­tion in cap­i­tal in­put, 9% re­duc­tion in fuel use and a 4% re­duc­tion in RUCs, com­pared to the pre­vi­ous truck eet.

Tony Cli ord, GM of the Pulp Di­vi­sion at Pan Pac speaks highly of the ini­tia­tive: “We’ve saved over one-mil­lion litres of diesel for ev­ery year in op­er­a­tion. e HPMV con­cept has halved our prod­uct cartage cost over the next equiv­a­lent op­tion.”

Em­mer­son Trans­port MD Ian Em­mer­son, who even does the oc­ca­sional night shift and lls any gaps in the driver sched­ule, adds: “We’ve taken 3500 move­ments o the road per 12-month pe­riod. ey’re do­ing 28-30 to­tal rounds trips a day, from 6am to 10pm, over two shifts.

“And me­chan­i­cally, it’s proven less than bud­geted, partly due to the at ground we’re on. We did a clutch and pre­ven­ta­tive gear­box gear­ings at 550,000km, but we should have left it – it’s as good as any line­haul truck of the same age.

“ e older one is on 570,000km, and the younger one at 480,000km, and they’re achiev­ing 140,000km per year, which is up from the 95-100,000km they were do­ing in the early years. We’ve bud­geted to change en­gines and gear­boxes at 750,000km.

“ ere are a lot of ar­eas where this con­cept would work, and re­duce costs, and bene t all op­er­a­tors and the econ­omy. e NZTA is cu­ri­ous, but we’d like them to be a bit more open-minded about it hap­pen­ing, be­cause you need to pro­tect ex­porters.”

Pan Pac man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Doug Ducker says: “Four years ago we looked at how to min­imise op­er­a­tional costs, and this HPMV ini­tia­tive was one of the el­e­ments. In the early days, we were mov­ing 200,000t of pulp prod­uct per year.

“We peaked-out at six truck and trailer units, two shifts and 12 driv­ers – and it be­came cost-pro­hib­i­tive. e HPMV devel­op­ment was a ma­jor step for­ward, fun­da­men­tally across just two routes, with the two trucks and four driv­ers. On top of that, we’re mov­ing 50% more ton­nage.”


Em­mer­son Trans­port in­vited many of those in­volved in the pro­ject to cel­e­brate the Su­per-Bs’ one mil­lion-tonnes mile­stone

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