New cradle containers revolutionise Kiwi log transportation

Leading shipping container supplier Royal Wolf and KiwiRail have jointly developed a bespoke logging container that significantly improves efficiencies and capacity when transporting logs to the Port of Tauranga for export.

The 484 logging cradle cassette containers, built by Royal Wolf’s Intermodal Business Unit, were specially designed as a replacement for KiwiRail’s old log wagons which were designed to only carry logs.

The new 20-foot cassette containers can be loaded and secured onto different types of railway wagons to increase compatibility and capacity across KiwiRail’s network.

“We’re problem solvers,” says Michael Horne, Royal Wolf general manager intermodal. “We modify containers to meet a company’s specific logistics and transport needs. KiwiRail’s logging cassettes are a perfect example of us tailoring a container solution to help increase efficiencies and capability for a client.”

Royal Wolf worked closely with KiwiRail to develop a prototype container followed by the manufacture of a batch of containers and then the final product.

Mr Horne says having the right container is essential to enable logistics companies to maximise loading and capacity for products as they transport freight around the country.

“There are a wide range of commodities and products transported in our containers but coming up with a solution for the safe transportation of logs required a very specific design.

“The cassette containers are functional but also highly innovative because they are able to be secured to a range of different wagons in the KiwiRail fleet.”

KiwiRail’s network extends the length of the country with approximately one third of New Zealand’s export goods transported by rail. Each week KiwiRail operate 800 freight services carrying goods around the country.

“We support sustainable practices and rail is certainly an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient transport solution. Companies are always looking at opportunities to reduce costs and we help them do that with simple, yet highly efficient containerised solutions.”

As well as creating bespoke intermodal and freight solutions, Royal Wolf’s standard Intermodal and Freight range includes 20, 25, 40 and 48-foot Curtainside and hard sided containers, and a selection of side door containers which allow easy side access to goods.

Australasia’s ‘largest shipping container provider’

Royal Wolf describes itself as the leading provider of shipping container solutions in Australasia, from high volume fit for purpose storage containers for hire, through to tailored modifications, with 25 years’ experience and 38 facilities with 35 Customer Service Centres across Australia and New Zealand.

Renowned for its focus on product innovation, Royal Wolf has taken the design and basic engineering of the traditional shipping container to new heights and today its products are used in a wide range of applications to help solve business challenges across many market sectors.

The company has a customer base of over 22,000, supplying customers each year with containers which are inexpensive, safe, secure, easily transportable and able to be modified with doors, internal walls, windows, electricity, water supply and more.

From portable storage options for consumers, sporting associations, community groups and schools, to accommodation units, mobile exhibitions, retail outlets, offices, kitchens, training facilities and innovative construction projects, experience shows ‘You can do anything in a Royal Wolf’.

Royal Wolf containers can be specified to meet portable storage requirements for general purpose, refrigerated or hazardous goods and are available in a variety of sizes, they offer the perfect solution to many storage problems with the additional benefit of being delivered direct to your nominated site.

To cater to the construction industry, Royal Wolf offers a ‘Worksite Range’ which includes a selection of shipping containers that are available as a stock item and provide hoardings and gantries, construction site offices, change rooms, first aid rooms and ablution blocks.

The company also has a division focused on the freight sector, providing freight containers for road, rail, removals, bulk commodity, construction and project applications. Within this area, the business has built a particularly strong reputation amongst transport and logistics operators as a provider of specialised equipment.

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