News — January 31, 2022

January 31st, 2022: 1-Stop Connections and Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) announce partnership extension to grow efficiency gains


1-Stop Connections today announced that Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) has extended their agreement with 1-Stop after the successful implementation of the 1-Stop Vehicle Booking System (VBS) which has contributed to the port’s significant growth and created valuable efficiency gains.

The new agreement will help LPC as it nears completion of the first stage of its $85 million dollar expansion. The Eastern Development will be finished next year and increase the port’s total capacity from 530,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually to 620,000.

Sean Bradley, Head of Landside and Inland Ports at LPC believes the VBS is a key part of their overall operation. As the largest Port in the South Island of New Zealand, it handles around 50 per cent of the volume that moves through the region, including 70 per cent of imports.

“Lyttelton has experienced some really significant growth year on year,” explained Mr Bradley. “We’ve been experiencing significant growth over the last ten years and we expect that to increase further as we expand.

“From my experience, both here and in Australia, I think it’s crucial to any operation that they have a vehicle booking system because ultimately your shipping and your berth productivity is only going to be as good as your landside operation. The visibility it provides has been really crucial for us, and we’re really pleased with it.”

LPC has more than 600 staff and operates inland terminals, Midland Port at Rolleston and City Depot in Woolston. The port is using the VBS to allocate labour at the terminal, forecast ship capacity per hour and provide visibility of movement through the depot.

Prior to the implementation of the 1-Stop VBS, LPC was seeing truck queues with two-to-three hour wait times. The new system has allowed them “to smooth out the peaks and troughs” and provide a more consistent turn time for transporters.

Mr Bradley said extending the agreement with 1-Stop will allow them to capitalise on efficiency gains and continue to provide more visibility for the landside operation within the yard, and the ship operations as well.

Chris Harnett, Chief Customer Officer at 1-Stop Connections says the new agreement is an exciting step forward for the partnership, particularly because LPC was the first company to use 1-Stop’s VBS solution to capture the full container life cycle from terminal to container park and beyond.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the results LPC has received from 1-Stop’s solution and look forward to expanding across New Zealand with them. The continuation of the partnership is the next logical step to continue to deliver a technology solution that extends into all areas of the supply chain but more importantly create efficiencies for all parties.”

Media Contact: Kaylee Salzke