Ports of Auckland in Freight Hub Plan

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In a bid to complete its freight network, the Ports of Auckland has agreed to buy 33 hectares of land north of Hamilton to develop a Waikato freight hub, which will provide a direct link to the port’s other freight hubs, according to The New Zealand Herald.

Tony Gibson, CEO of the Ports of Auckland, said: “Waikato will complete our North Island freight hub network, complementing our existing sites in Manawatu, Bay of Plenty, and Wiri, South Auckland.

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“The key benefit of our freight hub network is that it can be used to balance freight flows around the North Island and eliminate unnecessary movement of empty containers.”

Gibson said that the increase in use of rail transport from 13% to 30% is expected to “generate huge infrastructure savings at a national level.”

PTI recently reported that the Ports of Auckland are looking at implementing robotics technology in the form of straddle carriers to boost productivity.

(Source: Open Waikato / YouTube)

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