Strategic port alliance
Ports of Auckland Limited and Napier Port have announced a strategic alliance to provide sustainability and community benefits.
The partnership will allow both ports to work together to find ways to optimise services for freight customers and achieve further scale and efficiencies in the supply chain.
Garth Cowie, Napier Port chief executive, said: “Napier Port’s vision is to be Central New Zealand’s leading provider of port and logistics solutions. This alliance fits with the natural flow of freight in the North Island, based on ports close to demand centres and Auckland’s weighting towards imports and our strong export base.”
“Both operators are committed to growing our talent so we will be developing a joint talent pool, driving skills development and opportunities like staff exchanges where it makes sense.”
The strategic alliance will also hope to provide operational and economic benefits, promoting greater competitive contestability and resilience in New Zealand’s supply chain to help lower costs to exporters and importers.
It builds on Napier Port and Ports of Auckland’s existing joint venture in Palmerston North’s Longburn regional freight hub. It will also support Ports of Auckland’s regional freight hub network strategy to manage the growing freight market.
"The alliance is a significant and exciting development for local exporters and the local community. Better international freight links will benefit the Hawke’s Bay region, encouraging additional investment and supporting the growth of local employment opportunities,” concluded Mr Cowie.
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