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Bottlenecks and barriers

This week a seminar jointly presented by The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) travelled the country discussing ‘A low emissions freight sector for New Zealand’, and inviting interested parties to contribute to developing the concept.

The keynote speaker was the internationally recognised expert on freight sector emissions and reduction schemes, Sophie Punte, executive director of the Smart Freight Centre in Europe. She explained why world leading freight businesses are taking this seriously.

One of the keys – probably the most important factor – to reducing emissions in the sector is working together to ensure freight is carted efficiently.

Collaboration is essential throughout the industry, especially between different freight modes.

Three modes were represented and the audience was addressed by Peter Reidy (CEO KiwiRail), Ken Shirley (CEO Road Transport Forum), and Steve Chapman (president NZ Shipping Federation). All noted they were happy to work with the other modes, and then proceeded to inform the audience, using nice slides, graphs and charts, of the benefits of their transport mode. Not one suggested how inter-modal transport could be improved or how they could facilitate it.

With this level of disinterest at leadership level, it’s clear that barriers within the New Zealand freight industry have to be addressed before we can move on.

Faye Lougher is interviewing Sophie today, and in an upcoming issue of New Zealand Trucking we will bring you details of how Sophie believes we can improve.

All the best
John Murphy, Field editor
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Sophie Punte
Executive Director of the Smart Freight Centre in Europe

New beginnings for Napier-Wairoa rail link in 2017

The Napier to Wairoa rail line is set to reopen towards the end of next year, five years after the Napier-Gisborne line was mothballed. A commercial agreement between KiwiRail and Napier Port will see a dedicated log service from Wairoa to Napier Port begin in the last quarter of 2017, once the port has approved KiwiRail’s updated forecast cost for restoring the line to service.

KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy said he was pleased to see the return of commercial rail services in the region.

“This is a real boost to business growth in the region and KiwiRail is delighted to be able to support that. We had always signalled that the line could reopen in the future, as long as there was sufficient freight volume available to support rail operations and the necessary investment in infrastructure was made.”

Napier Port CEO Garth Cowie said having the right transport links in place was a crucial factor in moving East Coast export products to world markets. He said the East Coast region was expecting a considerable increase in log exports from late 2017, with significant volumes forecast to come through both Eastland and Napier Ports.

“The increasing long-term log volumes from Wairoa will stretch the capacity and infrastructure of both road and rail in the whole East Coast region. It’s vital that we have the capability within the wider region to transport these in a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly manner, and the reopening of the rail link will enhance transport options for our log exporters.”

The Wairoa log service will initially run over the weekend, complementing the port’s weekday log service from the Wanganui, Palmerston North and Woodville areas.

Forest Management NZ Ltd manages the Roger Dickie forest syndicates, which collectively have over 11,000 hectares within the greater Wairoa area. Forest manager and joint CEO Steve Bell said his company has been in support of the Napier-Wairoa rail link reopening since its closure in 2012.

“With significant harvest volumes coming on stream, the rail link will provide both FMNZ as managers and the forest owners with greater options, while strengthening links direct to the port.”

THE Expo revs up for 2017  

The Transport and Heavy Equipment Expo (THE EXPO) is an action-packed three days where exhibitors display the latest technologies and products, and visitors see first-hand the biggest and best of transport and heavy equipment.

THE Expo is huge, covering 50,000m2 and features impressive exhibitions, demonstrations and world-class facilities. If technology and higher output is your thing, or you’ve a passion for big, heavy machinery, THE Expo is where you want to be. THE Expo offers free entry to the event for industry individuals with pre-registration opening at the end of the year. Block it out in your calendar,

THE Expo is rolling into Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton.

For more information, head to

Gates launches innovative LOP vehicle fire suppression system

Gates has developed a new Red Fire Suppression series called ‘Barricade’ (BRFS), recommended for use in Loss-of- Pressure systems.

“Our objective with the Barricade series is to offer a barrier layer with zero permeation,” said Gates’ marketing manager, Priscilla Robb. “Permeation of nitrogen can potentially trigger a LOP system, plus add additional cost from slow loss of nitrogen and subsequent recharging.”

Newer LOP systems are activated by the loss of nitrogen, under pressure from a charged activation circuit. The Gates Red Fire Suppression hose is suitable for older style Rise-of- Pressure systems, where pressure is not sustained in the activation circuit, and is used by both systems in the foam delivery circuit.

The Gates BRFS Hose will comprise a tube with a thermoplastic barrier lining, carbon steel wire braid reinforcement, a nitrile/PVC cover, a working temperature of -40°C to +100°C, and a 500 PSI working pressure.

To find out more about the Barricade Red Fire Suppression Range, visit

Interview of the week
Dave Boyce talks about Trucking 2016

Tomorrow at 9.30am the Christchurch Truck Show opens at Wigram Air Force Museum. New Zealand Trucking Association CEO Dave Boyce was in the middle of preparations for the event when we spoke to him.

“The whole point of this show is to provide a networking opportunity for the industry but it’s also an opportunity to showcase the industry to the public,” he said. “There is something for all ages and there will be a lot of activities for children as well.”

The activities include a giant bouncy truck and a sandpit filled with prizes. Children can ride their scooters around an outdoor roadway and learn about road safety, decorate a paint-by- numbers canvas, or have a go on Doug the Digger.

“We’ve also got the rollover prevention programme tanker, a log truck loading and unloading demonstration, and the national excavator competition. We’ve got a North Island team coming down for the tarping competition who say they will teach the South Island how it’s done, so there will be a bit of banter there.”

Boyce said 130 trucks pre-registered for the 2014 show with 269 arriving on the day.

“So far we’ve had 230 trucks entered so we’re expecting that number to be even higher. It’s going to be pretty massive. Last time we thought about 2000 people would come but we got more than 10,000. We know of a lot of trucks that have been dragged out for the event and people are coming from all over the country.”

Boyce said the event was not just a chance for the industry to showcase its professionalism to the public, it was also a great way of raising funds for a number of worthy causes.

“Mainfreight are using this as a corporate event and 20 graduates will be volunteering to raise money for Cure Kids. They are also bringing about 40 trucks from their fleet. Proceeds from the day will go to Child Cancer and Ronald McDonald House as well as a number of other charities. Rotary does the car parking so the whole community benefits. A lot of people are very excited about it.”

Bigger, better, brighter: HELLA’s LED Light Bar 470

After the success of the LED Light Bar 350, HELLA is introducing the longer and brighter brother, the LED Light Bar 470. The new lamp features all the outstanding properties of the previous model plus four additional high-performance automotive LED’s and a maximum luminous intensity of 166,000 candela at a power consumption of only 35 watts.

The dust and waterproof light bar comes in two different beam patterns – high beam (Ref 25) and pencil beam (Ref 37.50).

Ultralight weight is particularly valued on ATVs and Off-road Vehicles which often roof mount these light bars. We have listened to the feedback and have kept the weight of the LED Light Bar 470 below 1 kg (950 Gram). HELLA’s ultra-lightweight LED bars ensure the all-important lower centre of gravity is maintained.

The revolutionary thermally conductive housing is precision injection moulded from a ceramic based polymer which is highly resistant to degradation and corrosion even in demanding environmental conditions. Due to its slim profile, this streamline light bar is ideal for applications where aerodynamic styling is a valued attribute. The flexible, adjustable mounting system ensures easy installation.

The LED Light Bar 470 features a Multivolt circuit for optimum brightness at a wide range of input voltages from 9 to 33 volts DC and is an ECE certified, road legal high beam.

HELLA’s popular LED Light Bar 350 is now also available with a heavy duty mounting system that will suit most vehicle installations. Made of stainless steel, the new heavy duty bracket is the perfect choice for On and Off road and applications where durability and reliability are essential.

The LED Light Bars 350 and 470 are covered by our comprehensive 5 year warranty.

An Instruction video on how to install the LED Light Bars can be found under:


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