New Paper: Innovation and process optimisation drive success



Dr Yvo A. Saanen, Managing Director, TBA, Delft, the Netherlands; and, Tony Gibson, Managing Director, Ports of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


The Ports of Auckland operates New Zealand’s largest container-based port. The terminals are situated in the heart of Auckland and hence have the largest consumer market in the country on their doorstep. More than 2 million people (out of 4.5 million in New Zealand) live in Auckland. Despite this relatively small population, large volumes of exports – New Zealand is one of the largest dairy exporters in the world – are handled through the Ports of Auckland (PoAL).

The main container facility of PoAL is operated on the Fergusson berth and handles just over 1 million TEU annually. On a small footprint, operated with 1 over 2 straddle carriers, with the flow being predominantly import-export, this is an everyday puzzle to achieve quality of service both on the waterside and landside.

Preparing for the future

In order to be prepared for the future, PoAL partnered with TBA in 2008 to develop a long term plan, and to keep this up-to-date as time progresses. Since then, PoAL and TBA have been working together on the ‘master planning’, as well as enhancing operational efficiency to make it not only the largest but also the most productive and efficient terminal in New Zealand…

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