Steve Murphy Limited is a privately owned transport, logistics and biomass business established over 40 years ago in the Canterbury region here in New Zealand.

We provide supply chain solutions for forestry, bulk commodity markets and our bioenergy wood products division. Our commitment to our clients is to provide high quality services they can rely on, backed by the performance of our people, systems and equipment.

Transport Solutions

SML has one of Canterbury’s largest fleets of logging trucks to meet the transport needs of the region’s forest estate owners and managers. We pride ourselves on our equipment, presentation and modern trucks and trailers. Our variety of truck and trailer combinations include HPMV units and self-loading and binwood trucks to ensure we have the right equipment for every job.


Our aim is to maximise the utilisation of our vehicles and provide our customers a competitively priced and highly dedicated transport service. Our bulk trucks service our sawmill and landscape products supply customers. The truck fleet is complimented with wheeled loaders and specialised equipment to transport and load a wide variety of products.


SML use hook bins and trucks to collect and transport post-harvest residues from our client’s forestry production sites. This helps to avoid environmental issues in adverse weather events and recovers material that can be used as bioenergy fuel and landscaping products.


On-going re-investment in vehicles and equipment capable of meeting our customer needs provides the best environment for our staff to work effectively and safely.

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Safety and Training

There is no task so urgent that it cannot be done SAFELY.


SML places high value and focus on providing a safe workplace and culture for all our staff, industry partners, clients and the public.


Steve Murphy Limited maintains a “nil tolerance” policy when it comes to the safety of its staff and contractors. High standards are set and maintained by our dedicated team and complimented by a comprehensive safety system which has been developed internally within SML’s software package Trackit.


In addition to maintaining these standards, Steve Murphy Limited was proud to be awarded the winner of the ACC Workplace Safety Award for the Champion Canterbury Business Awards in 2017. SML continues to maintain a 5 STAR Log Transport Contractor Certification status and ACC Fleetsaver Gold. We have been active members of Transporting New Zealand for over 30 years. Managing Director Chris Murphy is also a member of The Executive Committee of the Log Transport Safety Council.


As part of SML’s system management, our compliance team maintain and build on the ISO9000:2015 standard to ensure we are providing an auditable, sustainable solution for our customers each day and into the future.


SML is a community-based business, we work closely with supporting charitable trust foundations. As part of this, we are proud to be partnered with Rayonier Matariki Forests and Canterbury West Coast Wood Council in conjunction with the Sheffield, Glentunnel, Ashley and Sefton schools in providing the students, teachers, and parents education about sharing the road. NZ Trucking has played an integral part within this by supplying the NZ Safety Truck and resources throughout these programs. Visit the New Zealand Trucking Association for more details.


SML has an active drug and alcohol policy where all staff undergo pre-employment testing and ongoing random testing for 100% compliance. We also provide an occupational assistance programme for staff requiring independent support and guidance along with annual health checks monitoring their wellbeing. All drivers are required to undergo training and to maintain guidelines as set out during the induction process which establishes minimum standards. All new driving staff immediately begin their National Certificate in Road Transportation with a company objective to have this completed within 2 years.

Wood and Biomass Fuel Supply

As a part of our ongoing commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change, SML have partnered with local forestry owners to secure a reliable, long-term supply of biomass to power Canterbury businesses.


But what is Biomass?

In essence, biomass is a clean energy source derived from forestry waste, and an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels such as LPG, oil or coal. Biomass is generally used to create heat or steam for large-scale commercial operations, but can be used to power smaller scale businesses too.


What makes SML biomass a clean energy source?

  1. Biomass is carbon neutral: Burning wood only releases the CO2 that has been captured in a tree’s growing process. Burning fossil fuel releases new carbon into the atmosphere.
  2. Biomass is renewable: Once cut down, a tree can be re-planted in its place. Our biomass is made from residual woodchip that would have otherwise been discarded as forestry waste.

Why choose SML Bioenergy?

  • Reducing travel by road also reduces product exposure to the elements (including rain and humidity), which means the driest and purest woodchip possible, for maximum fuel efficiency.
  • We use a purpose-built American Bandit Chipper, guaranteeing a consistent, premium-grade product. Choosing SML biomass means you can rest assured your product is heavily regulated to ensure quality and consistency.
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Logistic Management Information Systems

SML have developed an innovative logistics management system known as TrackIT. This android based software is ideal for fleet managers looking to monitor their stock, vehicles, or personnel. You can track your assets in real time, or review historical records, all from one easy-to-use management system.


Below is a non-comprehensive list of assets you can monitor with TrackIT:

  • Stocktaking data
  • Dispatch Planning
  • Vehicle Utilization Reporting
  • Invoicing
  • Workshop Management
  • eDockets
  • Remote Customer Access
  • Product allocations
  • Personnel Location/Location History
  • Vehicle Location/Location History
  • Driver Behaviour – Speeding, Harsh Cornering
  • Fuel Usage
  • Failed Checklists
  • Maintenance Reminders
  • RUC Reminders
  • Completed/Outstanding Jobs
  • WOFs, COFs, Regos, Odometer Readings, Services and mileage

TrackIT is a powerful tool for improving efficiency and comes highly recommended by a number of local Canterbury businesses. Contact the TrackIT team today for a demonstration.

Contact Details

Chris Murphy (Managing Director) 027 432 8493

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