NZ Truck & Driver News
SeaLink Relaunches Freight Service
Posted: 21-Apr-2018 |
SeaLink, a key transport link from Auckland to Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands will operate all its services under the SeaLink name from Monday 23 April.
Now called SeaLink Logistics, previously the SeaLink Group's logistics arm had been known as Freightlink Cartage, while the Group's ferry service operated (and will continue to operate) under the SeaLink name.
"Using the SeaLink name for all our operations was a no-brainer really," said Mark Gibson, the CEO of SeaLink. "It makes it easier for customers to understand what our business is. We operate one supply chain – passengers, vehicles and freight."
The company provides Waiheke and Great Barrier with all their essential freight services.
On Thursday the 19th of April, SeaLink group launched the redesign in an event for its key customers and the media.
SeaLink upgraded much of its vehicle fleet as could be seen with two brand new truck and trailer units along with a new van present at the launch. Sixteen new vehicles (including trucks and trailers) valued at over $1 million will provide the variety of services to the companies that do business on the islands.
Gibson said that despite regular cleaning and maintenance the old fleet had succumbed to age and sea spray.
"Several of our fleet were due for replacement," said Mr Gibson. "They don't have the easiest life being regularly exposed to salt water spray on the trips to and from the islands, so a new, more reliable fleet will be great for our operations."
The new fleet includes two Isuzu FVZ1400A 6x4 curtainsider trucks, two Isuzu FRR600 4x2 curtainsider trucks, a single Isuzu FVZ1400A 6x4 fridge truck, two Isuzu EXY 460 6x4 tractor units, an Isuzu FVZ1400M 6x4 crane truck and a long wheel base Mercedes 316 Sprinter van. There are also seven new trailers.
"Customers can deliver freight to our East Tamaki Warehouse for us to transport to the islands, or for Waiheke customers, we can pick up from around the Auckland area," said Mr Gibson.
The customers were happy to see the investment that SeaLink have put in, demonstrating their commitment to the Gulf Islands.
"We have been very busy in recent years, there is a lot of development on Waiheke and we need to keep our supplies arriving on time," says Lee Stickland, branch operator at Placemakers Waiheke.
SeaLink Logistics also contracts to other freight companies who have goods bound for Waiheke or Great Barrier but do not want to provide "the last mile" of delivery.