Smarter, cleaner… win­ner

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

AN OP­TI­MISED FREIGHT LO­GIS­TICS OP­ER­A­TION that’s halved the num­ber of truck jour­neys needed to cart wine and bot­tles be­tween Marl­bor­ough and Port Nel­son has won a na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal award.

Port Nel­son has won the Re­silience Cli­mate Change cat­e­gory in the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment’s 2017 Green Rib­bon Awards, for its QuayCon­nect op­er­a­tion.

e port com­pany worked with truck­ing com­pany Cen­tral Ex­press (CEL) and, pri­mar­ily, two 3PL cus­tomers – glass bot­tle man­u­fac­turer O-I New Zealand and wine bot­tler Wine Works Marl­bor­ough – to set up QuayCon­nect in Fe­bru­ary last year “as a smarter way of dis­tribut­ing goods.”

e aim was to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and en­ergy use across the com­pany and pro­vide sup­ply chain im­prove­ments for key cus­tomers in the Marl­bor­ough wine in­dus­try.

QuayCon­nect’s op­er­a­tion op­ti­mises im­port and ex­port loads, with three ded­i­cated 50MAX truck and trailer units (plus ad­di­tional B-train units as needed) work­ing 24-hours, ve days a week (for at least 10 months a year) – cart­ing pal­letised glass wine bot­tles from Port Nel­son to Marl­bor­ough…. and bot­tled wine back.

is, says Port Nel­son, “com­pares with the tra­di­tional trans­port model where trucks travel empty on one leg of the jour­ney from ship to pro­ducer and back.”

Cen­tral Ex­press has three iden­ti­cal, nine-axle 540hp Volvo FM cur­tain­sider units (built by Frue­hauf ) dou­bleshift­ing on the run.

In its rst year of op­er­a­tion QuayCon­nect has cut the truck op­er­at­ing time needed to shift the same loads by 10,000 hours – sav­ing 348,436 litres of fuel and 1602 tonnes of CO2 equiv­a­lent.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Dr Nick Smith, who pre­sented the Green Rib­bon Awards, says QuayCon­nect shows “the sort of prac­ti­cal and in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives that can make a real di er­ence to the di cult prob­lems of cli­mate change.

“It will be re­as­sur­ing for wine pro­duc­ers us­ing this award-win­ning dis­tri­bu­tion and stor­age ser­vice to know it aligns with their com­pany’s own sus­tain­able values. It sends a clear mes­sage to op­po­nents of cli­mate change ini­tia­tives, like Pres­i­dent Trump, that such projects can make both busi­ness and en­vi­ron­men­tal sense.

“Not only has QuayCon­nect re­duced car­bon emis­sion lev­els, I also com­mend the team for QuayCon­nect’s crit­i­cal role sup­port­ing NZ’s valu­able wine sec­tor fol­low­ing the af­ter­math of the Kaik­oura earthquake,” he says.

e op­er­a­tion helped wine­mak­ers with dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture to quickly move their prod­ucts (they make 75% of the coun­try’s wine) to se­cure stor­age and on to NZ and in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers through Port Nel­son.

Port Nel­son CEO Martin Byrne says win­ning the Green Rib­bon award ahead of two other or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing equally hard to re­duce the im­pact of cli­mate change – NZ Post and Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust were the other nal­ists – is “an in­cred­i­ble en­dorse­ment of the Port’s work.

“e signi cant di er­ence QuayCon­nect has made to the wine trans­port sec­tor’s en­ergy out­put is hugely re­ward­ing and we are enor­mously hon­oured to have won this award on be­half of the pro­ject’s col­lab­o­ra­tors,” Byrne says.

“CEL, Wine Works Marl­bor­ough and O-I NZ also de­serve the win, as QuayCon­nect is very much a col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vice, with all in­volved in­vest­ing and chang­ing their pro­cesses to cre­ate a more e cient and sus­tain­able model for the longterm,” he says.

Wine Works’ busi­ness in­no­va­tion man­ager Ja­son Gluer says that the QuayCon­nect ser­vice “al­lows us to han­dle an in­creased vol­ume for our wine cus­tomers within the same phys­i­cal foot­print, while re­duc­ing the num­ber of ve­hi­cles com­ing into the fa­cil­ity. It’s a win-win all round.”

Julie Turn­bull, lo­gis­tics man­ager for O-I NZ says the com­pany has in­cor­po­rated sus­tain­abil­ity into its busi­ness prac­tices for more than a cen­tury and is “thrilled” to have played a part in the devel­op­ment of the award­win­ning freight and lo­gis­tics ser­vice.

Cen­tral Ex­press GM Gor­don Black­topp says QuayCon­nect “has been a re­ally great model of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the port, our­selves and the other users.”


Nel­son op­er­a­tor Cen­tral Ex­press has three iden­ti­cal HPMV truck and trailer units dou­bleshift­ing on the QuayCon­nect op­er­a­tion

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