Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Nelson truck shipping link set to revolutionise inter-island freight transport

NEW ZEALAND – A multimillion-dollar “blue water” shipping route linking New Plymouth to Nelson is set to revolutionise freight transport between the North and South islands next year – over a decade after the idea was first floated.

The drive-on, drive-off truck service is set to take vehicles off the road, save 2000 tons of carbon emissions a year, and free up drivers in an industry facing massive labour shortages.

NZX-listed transport and logistics group Move Logistics accelerated its plan for the link after agreeing a $10 million co-investment with Waka Kotahi.

Move executive director Chris Dunphy said the service will be an industry first for coastal shipping in New Zealand.

Currently, the only options available for moving trucks between the North and South islands are via the Cook Strait ferries operating between Wellington and Picton.

Sailing times will be at 15 to 16 hours, slightly longer than the 13-14 hours it takes to drive between Nelson and New Plymouth, which includes a Cook Strait ferry sailing time of 3.5 hours.

However, Move said the time saving from its “blue water” alternative will deliver far greater efficiency in driving hours.

For example, a driver could travel from Auckland to New Plymouth, drop off a unit to be shipped south to Christchurch, pick up a unit that has come north from Christchurch via Nelson and return to Auckland within one shift.

Move will now buy and refit a quarter-ramp roll on/roll off vessel, with the first sailing expected to take place in 2023.

While it will initally operate between Nelson and New Plymouth, the service will be capable of calling into at least thirteen New Zealand ports, without the need for any new infrastructure.

Ross Dingle, Port Taranaki head of commercial, said they had been working with Move.

“We actively look at options to diversify our customer base and see the development of coastal shipping as a logical step, so we’re excited this service is expected to begin in 2023.”

Dingle said the port had berthing and storage facilities that can support a quarter ramp roll on/roll off vessel, and believed the service would create opportunities for Taranaki businesses.

The service would reduce the volume of trucks on the roads, help to lower emissions in the heavy transport sector, and aid freight to reach its destination quicker, Dingle added.

“We look forward to working with Move Logistics Group to ensure all necessary systems are in place to facilitate a sustainable coastal trade service.”

Port Nelson GM operations Matt McDonald said it was pleasing to see ongoing investment in coastal shipping options.

“The idea of a link between Nelson and New Plymouth has been around for some time so it will be great to see this get across the line. For Port Nelson it adds further diversity of revenue from our existing assets. We look forward to working with Move to bring the service into operation.”

McDonald said that since Waka Kotahi’s announcement (on their coastal shipping fund) the port has seen both new and existing coastal shipping operators are looking to invest in new tonnage.

“This will be good for Port Nelson as well as for our regional economy.”

This is not the first time a link has been proposed between the ports.

In 2009 the government awarded $250,000 to Port Taranaki to help fund a feasibility study into a western seaboard coastal shipping operation involving the ports of Bluff, Nelson, Greymouth, New Plymouth and Onehunga.

At the time it was described as a “blue water highway”.

In 2011, plans for a freight service connecting New Plymouth and Nelson were announced. That service was expected to be operating in July 2012.

Latest news

Singapore makes donation to Afghan earthquake relief

Singapore (CU)_ In response to the devastation caused by the fatal earthquake in Afghanistan, the Singapore government will donate US$50,000 to the Singapore Red...

Related news

Shipping future

PAKISTAN - While the industry is experimenting with technological advancements at sea, countries are competing to develop futuristic ports (MASSPorts) to accommodate autonomous vessels....

Melting Arctic Ice Could Transform International Shipping Routes

GLOBAL - With climate change rapidly warming the world’s oceans, the future of the Arctic Ocean looks grim. Climate models show that parts of...

Hydrogen On The High Seas: The Great Hope For Net-Zero Emissions

By Kavinda Ratnapala Note to the reader* This article is a supplementary essay which is to be read in tandem with a previous article on alternative green...

The Premises of Marine Propulsion: Reframing the challenge to realise net-zero GHG emissions

By Kavinda Ratnapala The global shipping industry has problems, too many to count. They range from the lack of containers in the key shipping routes...

First cruise ship arrives in Sydney after 2-year pandemic hiatus

AUSTRALIA - The first cruise ship to sail into Sydney in over two years was greeted with tug boats and water cannons.P&O Cruises Australia...

Royal Caribbean Makes a Change Passengers Will Love

CARIBBEAN - Royal Caribbean has done something that will delight cruisers. Cruise ships have an endless array of food and beverage choices. Passengers on...

3,000-passenger MSC Magnifica to berth in Cobh

IRELAND - The biggest cruise ship to visit Cork since Covid hit is due to berth in Cobh on, heralding the return of a...

Freight Forwarding Industry in India: Market Outlook and How to Set Up

Increasing integration with the global economy coupled with improving production activity and consumption trends at home has presented the Indian freight forwarding industry with...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Singapore makes donation to Afghan earthquake relief

Singapore (CU)_ In response to the devastation caused by the fatal earthquake in Afghanistan, the Singapore government will donate US$50,000 to the Singapore Red...

Whither Sri Lanka…what ailst thou?

By: Niranjan de Silva Deva Aditya Malignant self destructive mistrust of SriLanka by SriLankans can only be mitigated by the creation of a UN Special...

900,000 Malaysians have relocated to Singapore!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CU)_ Several economic sectors of the country have improved after the Covid-19 pandemic, but the labor crisis in Malaysia remains unaddressed...

Mauritius emphasizes strategic significance of GCC nations

Port Louis, Mauritius (CU)_ The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) has announced its long-term goals and commitment to establish deeper economic relationships with GCC...

Intra-Commonwealth trade to reach $20 trillion over the next five years!

London, United Kingdom (CU)_ British prime minister Boris Johnson has praised the benefits of current relationships between Commonwealth nations and highlighted that intra-community trade...

How to handle your LGBTQ+ child when they come out!

Sydney, Australia (CU)_ Coming out may be an extremely emotional and personal process for many, including the kid and the parent. According to research,...

US honors Bangladesh’s resilience.

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CU)_ Peter Hass, ambassador of the United States to Bangladesh, stated that the United States honors a nation like Bangladesh that has...

Biotechnology can boost inclusive development in Nigeria, Agency head

Abuja, Nigeria (CU)_ According to Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), biotechnology has the capacity to expedite inclusive national...

Try this magical Ayurvedic herb for overall well-being!

Kochi, India (CU)_ Giloy is a popular Ayurvedic plant well-known for its therapeutic properties. Giloy is native to India, although it is also cultivated...

New entrants to the Oscar Academy!

Mumbai, India (CU)_ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has welcomed 397 new members this year, including actors Kajol and Suriya, filmmakers...

Government must prioritize children’s rights!

Male, Maldives (CU)_ First Lady Fazna Ahmed has asserted that the rights of children should be the utmost priority of government officials. She remarked...

India is the third most common birthplace of Australians!

Mumbai, India (CU)_ According to 2021 statistics, Hinduism in Australia has increased by 55.3% as India has surpassed China and New Zealand to become...