New Joint Venture - CONLINXX
Established to take over the management and running of the Inland Port from POAL, a new subsidiary called CONLINXX has been formed as a Joint Venture company by Ports of Auckland and the long established logistics and transport company NZL Group. Owned 70% by POAL and 30% by NZL, CONLINXX' will manage the Inland Port, offer truck shuttle services to complement the new rail option and manage the rail and the road link between Wiri and the Waitemata seaport.
"This is all about unlocking the potential of Wiri Inland Port as a high performing freight hub for the benefit of the whole supply chain" explains Ports of Auckland Managing Director Jens Madsen.
POAL General Manager Sales and Marketing Craig Sain, says that with the introduction of the rail link, POAL recognised that in its evolution from Inland Port to Freight Hub, Wiri needed management by a business entity with the flexibility and dynamism to respond quickly to market needs. "We realised that to balance the requirements of road and rail, a Joint Venture partner was the most appropriate vehicle."
With a history of working together, NZL was a logical partner for POAL having established significant experience and capabilities through its existing Wiri IP InterPort road shuttle contract with the Port Company and having previously managed POAL's East Tamaki Inland Port. In addition to its core transport and logistics operations, NZL is also engaged in Joint Ventures with Fonterra in DTL (Dairy Transport Logistics) and with Carter Holt Harvey and its Lodestar export shipping operation. "In NZL then we have a very experienced partner and most importantly, we share the common goal to drive supply chain efficiency" says Craig Sain.
NZL Group CEO Ken Harris responds that CONLINXX's primary role is as facilitator within the trucking and logistics sector. "CONLINXX's over-riding objective is to ensure that cargo handled through the Inland Port is carried in the most efficient way possible. Whether by truck or rail".
Jens Madsen is Chairman of the Joint Venture company describes CONLINXX as ‘the opportunity for the Port Company to increase our exposure to the wider freight sector and to get a stronger freight presence in the hinterland.' " It's all about being innovative; about curtailing Supply Chain management costs and coming up with new logistics solutions" he says.
Closely linked to POAL's increased involvement in the Supply Chain, the new developments are a clear sign that the Port Company is moving beyond its traditional container terminal management and stevedoring realm and into activities outside the port boundary. "Our focus now is expanding to include not just the on-wharf operation but the cargo flows in and out of the port and how we can increase those cargo flows through the optimal use of our various intermodal options. We see that for the future, in order to engage with the entire Supply Chain, we need to work more closely with trucking companies and cargo owners as well as with our traditional shipping line customers."
File Ref 2010 POAL Interconnect March Pgs 8,9,10 & 11 CONLINXX & Rail