Benefits of shipping:
Resilience for natural disasters or emergencies.
Ships carry hazardous / dangerous cargo more safely than road, rail and air.
15% of New Zealand's inter-regional freight is carried by sea
Ships can handle oversized, heavy and bulky cargo that road, rail and air can't.
Freight volumes are forecast to increase 50% by 2040.
It won't all fit onto our roads!
New Zealand’s total freight task: 278.7 million tonnes.
Coastal shipping carries approx 10 million tonnes (3.5%).
1.15m people are transported across the Cook Strait every year
The volume of domestic freight moved by shipping has increased 50% over the last 10 years.
Approx $28 billion road and rail freight is shipped between the North and South Islands each year
1 standard container Auckland to Christchurch:
road: $2200-$3000
rail: $1300 - $1900
ship: $850 - $1300
418,470 containers are moved around the NZ coast per annum
Shipping: one-eighth the emissions of road per tonne of freight moved
Benefits of shipping:
Lower emissions per tonne of freight moved.
Increasing total freight carried by ship by just 2% would reduce total transport emissions by 16%.
Benefits of shipping:
Greater control over our domestic supply chains.
Shipping: 60% the emissions of rail per tonne of freight moved
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New larger eco-ships in ASP Fuel Tanker Fleet

Media Release

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Celebrate the announcement of newer, larger eco ships for New Zealand

The NZ Shipping Federation says that the announcement that ASP Ship Management will bring two new, larger modern eco-ships into its New Zealand operations is a reason to celebrate.

“Coastal ship operators work under the radar so they don’t get the recognition that they deserve. The new ships are a great example of coastal shipping doing a sterling job, distributing fuel throughout New Zealand” said Steve Chapman, President, NZ Shipping Federation. “

“2015 has been an exciting year for domestic coastal shipping with the introduction of a new ferry, “Strait Feronia”, for Strait Shipping, the new coastal container vessel “Spirit of Canterbury” for Pacifica Shipping, and the imminent arrival of the Inter-Island Line ferry, the “Kaiarihi”.

“The fuel fleet is an unsung hero and the country would be in trouble without them” said Mr Chapman.


Two brand new tanker vessels will soon be shipping petroleum products around the New Zealand coast. The new vessels will be managed by Silver Fern Shipping Limited, the New Zealand subsidiary of ASP Ship Management Group.

The new vessels will be time chartered by Coastal Oil Logistics Limited (COLL) which coordinates the distribution of petroleum products from Refining NZ at Marsden Point to New Zealand’s ports on behalf of its shareholders BP Oil New Zealand Limited, Chevron New Zealand, Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited and Z Energy Limited.

The new-build vessels will replace ASP’s current tankers, the Torea and Kakariki, which have been in service on the New Zealand Coast for eight and 17 years respectively.

The Torea’s replacement, a 50,000 deadweight tonne (dwt) products tanker, is due to arrive in February 2016. The Kakariki replacement, a 50,000dwt products/bitumen tanker, begin service in June 2017.

From a length overall (LOA) perspective, the current and replacement vessels are of similar length. From a deadweight tonnage perspective however, the Torea’s replacement is 35% larger than the Torea. The Kakariki’s replacement is 5% larger.

The expected fuel efficiency is estimated to be approximately 25%, this primarily results from efficiency improvements gained by the new vessels modern long-stroke engines and hull designs.

From a safety and operational perspective, the new vessels will feature modern state-of-the-art systems for bridge and cargo control and monitoring.

Both vessels will be constructed at SPP Ship Building Co. Ltd yard in Sacheon, South Korea, which specialises in the design and construction of high quality, modern and efficient oil tankers.

The Kakariki and Torea will be returned to their owners at the end of their current time charter to COLL.

For further comment or information:

Annabel Young< Executive Director, NZ Shipping Federation 021 429 216