Thursday, 01 March 2012
CentrePort Wellington’s growing log trade will receive a boost from a new log rail service between the port and the Wairarapa.
Due to begin on 5 March, the new service will be part of a wider strategy designed to accommodate a log export trade which has nearly tripled over the past three years and continues to grow sharply. CentrePort last year handled 583,000 m3 of logs.
The service will see rail wagons loaded at KiwiRail’s Waingawa railhead and delivered to the port each week day, amounting to approximately 80,000 tonnes of logs each year.
CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O’Keeffe said today that the Wairarapa is key cargo hinterland for CentrePort, and this development is a further boost for the region’s economy. This project has involved extensive discussions with key supply chain parties and local Wairarapa stakeholders, and it is pleasing to see the first service commissioned.
Apart from boosting supply chain capacity and facilitating the better utilisation of assets across transport modes, the new rail service would help reduce road congestion. CentrePort’s log trade was a central pillar of the port's activity and the port continues to work on initiatives to meet the needs of the regions log exporters, including further use of rail.
Greater Wellington Chairperson Fran Wilde said the log train was a welcome development for the region and in particular for people using the Rimutaka Hill road.
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