Port of Tauranga ups ante
Port of Tauranga has thrown down the gauntlet to Lyttleton Port Company with the news it is setting up a freight hub in Rolleston on Christchurch's doorstep.
The move follows Port of Tauranga buying half of PrimePort Timaru and operating its container terminal.
Port of Tauranga Limited announced today that it had signed a conditional agreement with the Selwyn District Council to buy 15 hectares of land in the Izone industrial park for development as an intermodal freight hub.
Port Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said the 180-hectare industrial park 12 kilometres south of Christchurch had excellent road and rail connections, which had been established to cater for manufacturing, warehousing and logistics businesses.
The intermodal freight hub would receive, pack and distribute containerised cargo.
Cairns said establishing an intermodal freight hub at Rolleston would give South Island exporters the option to efficiently access Timaru while importers in the Christchurch area would have the option to ship through Timaru.