The final stage completion of Coda Group’s intermodal freight hub has signalled a further game change for the North Island’s transport network and supply chain. Based on cargo volumes, the facility at Savill Drive, Auckland, is one of New Zealand’s largest fully intermodal freight hubs now open to customers.
Scott Brownlee, Chief Executive of Coda Group, the country’s leading freight management business, said completing the intermodal freight hub (IFH) was a significant milestone in the development of Coda’s national network.
“The IFH is an efficient supply chain ecosystem that provides a consolidation point for export, import and domestic cargo flows. It will continue to remove waste from the North Island’s freight network by moving more freight on rail.”
The Coda intermodal freight hub Savill Drive now includes a 10,000 sqm yard, 19,000 sqm food grade warehouse and a 5,500 sqm rail tunnel. Every day the site co-ordinates 48 curtain-sided intermodal units (loaded onto 24 rail wagons) between Auckland and Palmerston North.
The southbound rail link is enabling the Coda intermodal freight hub to move south, by rail, the equivalent of 8,000 heavy vehicle trips of cargo annually. Each year this will save over 1.5 million litres of fuel and 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to planting just over 100,000 tree seedlings, grown for 10 years*.
Brownlee said: “New Zealand businesses need to maintain connections to global markets and ensure these are sustainable and as cost efficient as possible. This means we have to think differently and drive change to increase efficiency in our transport network. Our IFH network will help to balance import and export flows, allow us to fill trucks and trains in both directions and ultimately provide consolidated cargo for ocean freight in both the North and South Islands.”
The Auckland IFH is part of a broader rail-served hub and spoke network, with Coda’s intermodal freight hub development in Rolleston due for completion later this year. The Rolleston hub will consist of a 20,000 sqm food-grade rail-service cross-dock and warehouse and once again provide a full logistics solution for large scale import, export and domestic distributors.
Brownlee said: “The investment in Rolleston is a natural progression in our network development and follows on from what we have achieved at Savill Drive.”
“By working together with our customers and partners we’re committed to bringing innovative supply chain and logistics solutions to New Zealand. We’re opening up local, regional and international pathways for everyone to share in the benefits.”
The Coda intermodal freight hub at Savill Drive provides a full range of logistics services which include transport, product warehousing, cross-dock facilities, container loading and devanning, container storage, hire and a coastal shipping service, which currently moves up to 500 TEU per week to the South Island.