The Ports of Auckland has intensified a competitive war with the Port of Tauranga after announcing its plans to launch an inland port in collaboration with the Toll group – an endeavour that is anticipated to begin operations at the end of 2015, according to the Journal of Commerce.
The Ports of Auckland has recently announced its intention to investigate the use of robotics technology at its port, with feasibility studies expected to take place within the next three months.
Tony Gibson, CEO of the Ports of Auckland, said the new hub was “part of a concerted strategy to invest in a network of freight hubs or inland ports across North Island to improve shipping options for New Zealand exporters, reduce their costs, and retain Ports of Auckland’s position as New Zealand's leading container port by volume and productivity.”
Tauranga’s Metroport in the city of Auckland currently provides a rail connection for Auckland and Tauranga.
The Ports of Auckland’s new facility is anticipated to strengthen connectivity between these two metroport regions.
In other news, the Port of Tauranga has announced that it is positioned for further growth after seeing a 1.1% increase in net profit to more than $79 million.