Value chain optimisation used for container terminal

The Value Chain optimisation team at Scion have recently taken part in a study to investigate the logistical feasibility of a container terminal in Kawerau in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, NZ. The project has significant benefits to the value-added wood products industry in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.



In this 5-minute video key stakeholders from Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau (ISK), Ports of Tauranga and KiwiRail talk about how the Scion value chain optimisation research has been used for this particular project and the potential for revolutionising the way that goods are transported in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Around 30,000 20-foot equivalent containers of goods are produced in Kawerau and the Eastern Bay of Plenty each year. This is projected to grow in the near future to more than 95,000 containers. Most of the goods for export goods are currently trucked 90 kilometres to Tauranga, where they are packed into containers before being shipped.

Scion's feasibility study found that there was enough cargo to justify at least one train a day using the existing rail line. A container transport hub close to the producers and the rail line was thought to be the ideal solution, reducing transport costs, vehicle emissions and congestion on roads.

ISK have now appointed their preferred container terminal operator, ISO and located a suitable site with supportive land owners; Putauaki Trust. Industrial Symbiosis Kawerau (ISK) is a group of Kawerau-based organisations working together to find efficiencies and minimise waste between their diverse industries.

Source: Scion

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