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