This story first appeared in the October issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE Across the globe, entire industries and sectors are being reshaped by a technology-driven change. Increasing digital interconnectedness is Read More
This story first appeared in the October issue of DieselTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE In July this year, I was excited to take up the position of chief executive of the Ministry Read More
Lies, damn lies and statistics” is a phrase popularised by Mark Twain to describe the way numbers can be manipulated for the benefit of one’s own argument. It is also a good description of the position many of our industry’s opponents take once presented with evidence of the substantial safety improvements made by the sector over recent years.
No matter how you cut it, the story is a positive one. Major improvements in heavy-vehicle technology, including ABS braking and electronic stability control, safety improvements to the New Zealand road network, better driver education and the increasing professionalism of our drivers, have all contributed to a significant decrease in heavy-vehicle accidents over the last 20 years.
Truck-related fatal crashes dropped from 6.6 per 100 million kilometres in 1995 to 2.1 per 100 million kilometres in 2009, and truck-related fatal crashes are now just one-third the level they were in 1995. Continue reading “Industry’s road-safety initiatives making a difference” »
Hitachi is to introduce an autonomous truck within the next two years.
To date it has brought its autonomous truck through from proof of concept to test site running.
During an interview with MINING.com at MINExpo last month, Brian Mace, manager of mining applications and product marketing at Hitachi’s construction and mining division, said that the next generation of autonomous will see trucks become smarter. Continue reading “Hitachi set to introduce autonomous truck” »
Hitachi is to introduce an autonomous truck within the next two years. ...
The Bluff port’s servicing of record log volumes, and a substantial increase in exported wood chips as well, were highlighted to shareholders by chairman Rex Chapman at the annual meeting yesterday.
Chapman says that over the last 10 years cargo had increased 50% from two million tonnes to three million tonnes, reports Amber-Leigh Woolf in Stuff.
This was partially caused by positive regional economic growth, Chapman is quoted as saying. Continue reading “South Port cargo grows 50% in 10 years” »
The Bluff port's servicing of record log volumes, and a substantia ...
Port of Tauranga expects full-year earnings in the range of $79-83 million, an increase on the $77.3 million reported for 2016.
Port chief executive Mark Cairns told shareholders at their annual general meeting that the forecast was given on the assumption that there would be no significant change to market conditions, reports Business Desk.
The prediction would bring the port’s profits back into line with the $79 million achieved in 2015. It had forecast a profit of $79.8 million for 2016, a forecast it missed. Continue reading “Tauranga Port expects bigger profits in 2017” »
Port of Tauranga expects full-year earnings in the range of $79-83 mil ...
Motorway tolls are needed to speed up Aucklandand bridge its funding gap.
The introduction of ‘dynamic’ motorway tolls in Auckland would help decongest the city’s road network and provide the quickest, most efficient and most equitable way to bridge the annual $400 million transport investment funding gap, says New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development chief executive Stephen Selwood.
He presented his views as the annual Building Nations Symposium in Auckland yesterday morning. Continue reading “Tolls to solve Auckland deficit and congestion” »
Motorway tolls are needed to speed up Aucklandand bridge its funding g ...
Chief executive of Fulton Hogan NZ, Robert Jones, advocates that New Zealand’s local councils should adopt alliance contracting.
He is of the opinion that this collaborative approach will save money and improve delivery performance on infrastructure projects.
Fulton Hogan’s key projects include the Huntly bypass, a 17km $300 million project that forms part of the Waikato Expressway; Hairini link Tauranga, a $60 million underpass through to Welcome Bay from Turret Rd to reduce congestion; Western Belfast bypass, a $120 million four-lane motorway bypassing Belfast in Christchurch and running from the existing Northern Motorway to join Johns Rd south of The Groynes entrance; and Christchurch Northern Corridor, a $300 million four-lane motorway starting just south of the Waimakariri River and connecting with QE11 Drive and Cranford St. Continue reading “Fulton Hogan advocates collaborative project alliances ” »
Chief executive of Fulton Hogan NZ, Robert Jones, advocates that New Z ...
Z Energy has identified $10 million to $15 million of additional savings from the integration of the Caltex and Z businesses.
In addition, the sale of an Auckland retail site for $23 million will be used to repay debt.
The Wellington-based service station operator gave the updates as part of a presentation it hosted for institutional investors. It said the additional synergy benefits bring the total to be achieved in the 2018 year to between $40 million and $45 million according to BusinessDesk. Continue reading “Z Energy identifies $10-$15m additional saving from integration” »
Z Energy has identified $10 million to $15 million of additional savin ...
The Bioenergy Association and Advanced Biofuels Research Network have combined to host a symposium on liquid biofuels.
The symposium is scheduled for November 10 at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside.
The event will cover all liquid transport biofuels, specifically focusing on drop-in fuels in road transport, aviation and marine sectors. Continue reading “Liquid biofuels research symposium” »
The Bioenergy Association and Advanced Biofuels Research Network have ...