The shareholding of the new company is 70% owned by Ports of Auckland and 30% by NZL Group, a leading New Zealand-owned cargo handling and logistics service provider. Reinhold Goeschl has been appointed to lead the management team during the initial stage.
Expressing that it is time to “move the operation up a gear”, Ports of Auckland managing director Jens Madsen, said, “One of Ports of Auckland’s key priorities in 2010 is to further drive efficiencies in the supply chain by improving operational performance and profitability of the Wiri Inland Port”.
“This is about unlocking the potential of Wiri Inland Port as a high performing freight hub for the benefit of the whole supply chain,” he said.
Madsen added that NZL Group was a logical partner, having significant experience and capabilities through its existing shuttle contract and having previously managed Ports of Auckland’s East Tamaki inland port.
Whilst continuing to offer truck shuttle services to complement the new rail operation, CONLINXX’s objective will be to ensure that cargo handled through Wiri is carried by the most efficient means of transport to reduce emissions and the impact on the environment, whether rail or truck.
Currently around 70% of the containers through the Auckland seaport either originate from or end up within a 10 km radius of the 10 hectare Wiri inland port.