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Ravensdown signs 5 year contract with Tranz Rail

The excellent customer relationship that Tranz Rail has built up over the years with Ravensdown Fertiliser Co-operative Limited has resulted in the company signing a five-year contract to move fertiliser from Napier to a number of destinations. National Bulk Manager Steve Muir says the five-year contract includes moving an additional forty thousand tonne of fertiliser from Napier to Feilding by rail with potential for this to be increased significantly.

"A new rail siding is to be built at the Ravensdown Feilding Store and by fertiliser being placed on rail it will reduce the number of truck movements between Napier and Manawatu over the 5 years by close to 7500 truck movements.

"The 5-year commitment from Ravensdown has also resulted in an increase in rail services on the Napier to Gisborne line. The number of services has gone from one a week to three and further opportunities are being explored.

"Recognising the growth in the Hawkes Bay, Tranz Rail is to base a key account executive in Napier as well as a logistic co-ordinator to assist Tranz Rail's terminal manager Bronwyn Young.

"Ravensdown is looking forward to an even closer relationship with Tranz Rail, they have worked very hard to meet our needs, this contract is evidence of our confidence in the ongoing ability of Tranz Rail to meet our requirements of providing fertiliser where and when required" says Lower North Island Logistics Manager Russell Eliason.

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