QuayConnect wins CILT Award for Innovation in the transport and logistics sectors

 ‘NZ’s Wine Port’ takes home its second national accolade for QuayConnect

Port Nelson is celebrating for the second time this year after winning another national award for its innovative wine logistics service, QuayConnect. Port Nelson’s CEO Martin Byrne received the top industry accolade on Port Nelson’s behalf at tonight’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)’s award ceremony in Auckland.

In June, the port won the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards. QuayConnect was also a finalist in this year’s 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, impressing the judges.

QuayConnect’s model optimises wine-related import and export loads, with four dedicated truck and trailers working 24-hours a day moving dry goods (palletised glass wine bottles) from Port Nelson to Marlborough, and bottled wine back to Port Nelson from Marlborough. This compares with the traditional transport model where trucks travel empty or only partly full on one leg of the journey from ship to producer and back.

Over its first year of operation QuayConnect reduced truck journeys by more than half between Nelson and Marlborough, which has cut the time that trucks are on the road by 10,000 hours. In total, this sustainable transport model has saved 348,436 litres of fuel and 1,602 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in its first year.

Martin Byrne says the port is thrilled to have won a second national award for QuayConnect tonight, with the difference the service is making to the country’s wine industry incredibly rewarding.

“Marlborough and Nelson Tasman combined make up more than 80% of New Zealand’s wine and account for more than $1.5 billion of the country’s total wine exports. Port Nelson is the main hub through which the vast majority of this wine travels around the country, and to the world,” Byrne says. “Sustainability is an important strand to the New Zealand wine brand story, so playing our part in reducing the carbon footprint of the country’s wine industry while dramatically improving logistics efficiency, is extremely important to us.”

Eugene Beneke, Port Nelson’s General Manager Business Development, says Port Nelson’s location near the country’s largest wine growing region is significant.

“As ‘New Zealand’s Wine Port’, it is important that we are close to the majority of New Zealand’s winemakers, while also offering fast and efficient shipping lines to their key markets in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia,” Beneke says.

“As an export, wine has overtaken seafood, and is now New Zealand’s fifth largest export commodity, making wine an increasing priority as a customer sector for Port Nelson and the heart of QuayConnect,” he says. “QuayConnect’s innovative logistics model was created through collaboration, transparency and optimisation, which has been pivotal to QuayConnect’s success as we keep ahead of the industry’s own growth.”

“Port Nelson’s wine-industry related volumes hit a new high of 204,000 tonnes in the last financial year, breaking the year before’s record of 178,000 tonnes. Our pre-emptive investment in infrastructure, such as the Patterson Logistics Centre wine storage and QuayConnect, ahead of this growth has meant we’ve been able to handle these increased volumes. When the Patterson Logistics Centre II is completed in December we will be able to hold a further 32,000 pallets,” says Byrne.

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For more information please go to www.quayconnect.co.nz and www.portnelson.co.nz.

For media enquiries please contact Eugene Beneke, General Manager – Business Development, Port Nelson, 021 539 386.

Port Nelson’s QuayConnect in the running for a Deloitte Energy Excellence Award

Port Nelson has been announced as a finalist in the Large Energy User Initiative of the Year category in the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, less than two weeks after winning a national 2017 Green Ribbon Award. The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards ceremony will be held on 9th August in Auckland.

Motivated to reduce fuel consumption and energy use across the company and provide supply chain improvements for customers in the Marlborough wine industry, Port Nelson worked with trucking company Central Express Ltd (CEL), and primarily two 3PL customers - glass bottle manufacturer O-I New Zealand (NZ) and wine bottler WineWorks Marlborough - to set up QuayConnect in February 2016 as a smarter way of distributing goods.

The award-winning QuayConnect freight logistics model optimises import and export loads, with four dedicated truck and trailers working 24-hours a day moving dry goods (palletised glass wine bottles) from Port Nelson to Marlborough, and bottled wine back to Port Nelson from Marlborough. This compares with the traditional transport model where trucks travel empty on one leg of the journey from ship to producer and back.

Over its first year of operation QuayConnect has reduced truck journeys by more than half between Nelson and Marlborough, which has cut the time that trucks are on the road by 10,000 hours. In total, this sustainable transport model has saved 348,436 litres of fuel and 1,602 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in its first year.

Port Nelson CEO Martin Byrne says he is thrilled QuayConnect’s innovation and energy saving achievements have been acknowledged by the Deloitte Energy Excellence Award’s judges.

“Being named a finalist in the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards is further affirmation of QuayConnect’s role in modern transport logistics for the wine industry,” Byrne says. “We’re still savouring the recent Green Ribbon Award win, so to now be named a finalist in the Deloitte awards is fantastic!

“I especially acknowledge General Manager, Business Development Eugene Beneke’s resolute commitment to the project, and I would like to thank trucking partner CEL and customers O-I NZ and WineWorks for their pivotal roles in the establishment of QuayConnect last year.”

For more information please go to www.quayconnect.co.nz and www.portnelson.co.nz.

For media enquiries please contact Eugene Beneke, General Manager – Business Development, Port Nelson, 021 539 386.

Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award

Port Nelson is celebrating today after winning the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its QuayConnect freight logistics model. The two other finalists were New Zealand Post and Sustainability Trust.

Motivated to reduce fuel consumption and energy use across the company and provide supply chain improvements for customers in the Marlborough wine industry, Port Nelson worked with trucking company Central Express Ltd (CEL), and primarily two 3PL customers - glass bottle manufacturer O-I New Zealand (NZ) and wine bottler WineWorks Marlborough - to set up QuayConnect in February 2016 as a smarter way of distributing goods.

Port Nelson’s QuayConnect named as Green Ribbon Award finalist

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Port Nelson has been named a finalist in the Resilience to Climate Change category in the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its innovative QuayConnect freight logistics model.

Motivated to reduce fuel consumption and energy use across the company and provide supply chain improvements for customers in the Marlborough wine industry, Port Nelson established QuayConnect in February 2016, working with trucking company Central Express Ltd (CEL) and two freight customers, glass bottle manufacturer O-I New Zealand (NZ) and wine bottler WineWorks Marlborough.

Patterson Logistics Centre opens

Patterson Logistics Centre opens

Today, Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges officially opens the Patterson Logistics Centre, Port Nelson’s new 13,000m2 storage facility; the first major building project of a $32 million redevelopment plan announced last year.

The Patterson Logistics Centre is the significant Nelson-side logistics hub of QuayConnect, the port’s Nelson-Marlborough integrated warehousing, transport, and logistics service. QuayConnect was established in February 2016 as a smarter way of distributing goods. In partnership with Central Express Ltd, QuayConnect’s model optimises import and export loads, reducing the number of trucks on the road without reducing actual freight movement.