Port cracks 2 million tonnage during ‘solid’ month

PORT ON SHOW: The Eastland Port display at the A&P Show provided an opportunity for public feedback on the port’s planned twin berth development and it also gave people the chance to pilot a tug. The mini harbour set up as part of the display attracted plenty of interest. Winston Williams was among those to steer the remote-controlled tug into and around the model wharf, seawall and port. Picture by Brennan Thomas/Strike Photography

EASTLAND Port passed the two million tonne mark for log exports this calendar year last month.

The September throughput of 225,000 tonnes would have been higher had bad weather not trapped two ships at Port of Tauranga as the month clicked over to October.

As it was, 10 log ships took cargo from Gisborne last month.

Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said September was a “solid” month for log throughput, and a significant milestone.

“Overnight on September 21 we handled the two-millionth tonne of wood this year and we reached that mark six weeks ahead of last year.”

Mr Gaddum said the pine trees moving through the port met an astonishing 6 percent of China’s total international demand for soft wood.

“The January to June 2017 figures extracted from online industry newsletter WoodWeek reiterate what a significant player this region is in a global business worth billions.

“Six percent may not sound like much but when you consider that the Chinese soft wood log market was worth a staggering US$2.2 billion for the first half of this year, then that’s monumental.”

China was the world’s biggest importer of timber.

“Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of China’s soft wood comes from New Zealand, with Russia the second biggest supplier at 23 percent.

“Figures from the report show that of the 6.2 million cubic metres of soft wood (pinus radiata) that left New Zealand for China in the first half of this year, 17.5 percent or 1,080,291 cubic metres came out of Gisborne over the same period.

“Every time you see a log it’s phenomenal to consider it’s going across the wharves of a pint-sized port at the bottom of the world and making a big dent in wood supply for the world’s biggest consumers.

“Because of that international demand, thousands of this region’s families are benefiting.”

Mr Gaddum said the industry’s attention to sustainable forest harvesting meant there was a continuing cycle of planting and growth known as rotation.

“Certainly everyone is working towards sustainability in this industry for a long time yet.” As part of its twin berth development plans, Eastland Port submitted its first resource consent application to rebuild wharf 6 and 7 and reshape the slipway to Gisborne District Council this month.

EASTLAND Port passed the two million tonne mark for log exports this calendar year last month.

The September throughput of 225,000 tonnes would have been higher had bad weather not trapped two ships at Port of Tauranga as the month clicked over to October.

As it was, 10 log ships took cargo from Gisborne last month.

Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said September was a “solid” month for log throughput, and a significant milestone.

“Overnight on September 21 we handled the two-millionth tonne of wood this year and we reached that mark six weeks ahead of last year.”

Mr Gaddum said the pine trees moving through the port met an astonishing 6 percent of China’s total international demand for soft wood.

“The January to June 2017 figures extracted from online industry newsletter WoodWeek reiterate what a significant player this region is in a global business worth billions.

“Six percent may not sound like much but when you consider that the Chinese soft wood log market was worth a staggering US$2.2 billion for the first half of this year, then that’s monumental.”

China was the world’s biggest importer of timber.

“Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of China’s soft wood comes from New Zealand, with Russia the second biggest supplier at 23 percent.

“Figures from the report show that of the 6.2 million cubic metres of soft wood (pinus radiata) that left New Zealand for China in the first half of this year, 17.5 percent or 1,080,291 cubic metres came out of Gisborne over the same period.

“Every time you see a log it’s phenomenal to consider it’s going across the wharves of a pint-sized port at the bottom of the world and making a big dent in wood supply for the world’s biggest consumers.

“Because of that international demand, thousands of this region’s families are benefiting.”

Mr Gaddum said the industry’s attention to sustainable forest harvesting meant there was a continuing cycle of planting and growth known as rotation.

“Certainly everyone is working towards sustainability in this industry for a long time yet.” As part of its twin berth development plans, Eastland Port submitted its first resource consent application to rebuild wharf 6 and 7 and reshape the slipway to Gisborne District Council this month.

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winston moreton - 1 month ago
So 10 log ships took 225,000 tonnes of logs out of Gisborne's port for the month of September. That averages out at roughly 7400 tonnes per day and roughly 245 truck and trailer movements using local roads. At say $7 per tonne we can calculate Eastland Port is grossing (this is the good bit) for you and me, as beneficiaries of our community trust ECT, around $1,575,000 a month. Multiply that by 12 months, or even 10 to keep it simple, and wonder how much is going to the beneficiaries of the community trust. The answer is a gob-smacking minus. Minus, because us beneficiaries have been paying into the trust through our electricity bills for over 20 years and getting nothing in return save a fragile electricity network. Think old wooden power poles and power cuts. Also wonder why the port is not contributing to the upkeep of our roads? And what is our GDC (the Mayor is a trustee of ECT) doing about this malaise?

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