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Port Nelson's QuayConnect wins CILT Award for Innovation in the transport and logistics sectors

Posted on 11/10/2017

 ‘NZ’s Wine Port’ takes home its second national accolade for QuayConnect

Port Nelson is celebrating for the second time this year after winning another national award for its innovative wine logistics service, QuayConnect. Port Nelson’s CEO Martin Byrne received the top industry accolade on Port Nelson’s behalf at tonight’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)’s award ceremony in Auckland.

In June, the port won the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards. QuayConnect was also a finalist in this year’s 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, impressing the judges.

QuayConnect’s model optimises wine-related import and export loads, with four dedicated truck and trailers working 24-hours a day moving dry goods (palletised glass wine bottles) from Port Nelson to Marlborough, and bottled wine back to Port Nelson from Marlborough. This compares with the traditional transport model where trucks travel empty or only partly full on one leg of the journey from ship to producer and back.

Over its first year of operation QuayConnect reduced truck journeys by more than half between Nelson and Marlborough, which has cut the time that trucks are on the road by 10,000 hours. In total, this sustainable transport model has saved 348,436 litres of fuel and 1,602 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in its first year.

Martin Byrne says the port is thrilled to have won a second national award for QuayConnect tonight, with the difference the service is making to the country’s wine industry incredibly rewarding.

“Marlborough and Nelson Tasman combined make up more than 80% of New Zealand’s wine and account for more than $1.5 billion of the country’s total wine exports. Port Nelson is the main hub through which the vast majority of this wine travels around the country, and to the world,” Byrne says. “Sustainability is an important strand to the New Zealand wine brand story, so playing our part in reducing the carbon footprint of the country’s wine industry while dramatically improving logistics efficiency, is extremely important to us.”

Eugene Beneke, Port Nelson’s General Manager Business Development, says Port Nelson’s location near the country’s largest wine growing region is significant.


“As ‘New Zealand’s Wine Port’, it is important that we are close to the majority of New Zealand’s winemakers, while also offering fast and efficient shipping lines to their key markets in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia,” Beneke says.


“As an export, wine has overtaken seafood, and is now New Zealand’s fifth largest export commodity, making wine an increasing priority as a customer sector for Port Nelson and the heart of QuayConnect,” he says. “QuayConnect’s innovative logistics model was created through collaboration, transparency and optimisation, which has been pivotal to QuayConnect’s success as we keep ahead of the industry’s own growth.”


“Port Nelson’s wine-industry related volumes hit a new high of 204,000 tonnes in the last financial year, breaking the year before’s record of 178,000 tonnes. Our pre-emptive investment in infrastructure, such as the Patterson Logistics Centre wine storage and QuayConnect, ahead of this growth has meant we’ve been able to handle these increased volumes. When the Patterson Logistics Centre II is completed in December we will be able to hold a further 32,000 pallets,” says Byrne.


For more information please go to www.quayconnect.co.nz and www.portnelson.co.nz.

For media enquiries please contact Eugene Beneke, General Manager – Business Development, Port Nelson, 021 539 386.