Port sets export record

NEW PORT RECORD: Eastland Port recorded yet another monthly throughput record in August, with more than 297,000 tonnes of logs sent to India and China. Here senior tug master Yuri Atsalis holds the tug Waimata in position during a ship handling operation in the port last month. Picture by Strike Photography
PORT VISIT: A group of Lytton High School economics students were among visitors given a guided tour of the port. At back, from left, are Jesse Walker, Marty Bayley (Eastland Port logistics infrastructure manager), Hagan Logue (Lytton teacher), David Barker. In front, from left, are Riata Maynard, Keri Mankelow-Ngatoro, Casey Akuhata-Brown, Brooklyn Keenan and
Jayde Hikitapua-Wilson. Picture by Liam Clayton

THE export log trade through Eastland Port set a new all-time monthly record in August with a total of more than 297,195 tonnes swinging over the Gisborne wharf into the 13 ships that docked here during the month.

The throughput was up by around 10,000 tonnes on the previous record month of June this year.

Eastland Port also recorded a record daily cart-in of logs into the port of nearly 13,000 tonnes on one day last month.

The new monthly record total was an increase of 36 percent compared to August last year when the tally reached 219,245 tonnes.

Last month was the busiest month for wood export since Eastland Port was created in 2003 and the biggest export month in the history of the port.

“The demand for local wood from overseas continues to show year-over-year increases almost every month,” said port general manager Andrew Gaddum.

“The local supply chains are working to keep up with these demands and Eastland Port is at the end of that supply chain.”

The 13 log ships to call here took away wood bound for India and China, with each ship carrying away 8000–36,000 tonnes.

Busiest ever for wood exports

Mr Gaddum said September and October should be two of the busiest months ever seen for wood export.

The forecast was made as exporters move away from the more difficult winter harvest months and enter the spring flush.

“We’re expecting exporters to shift some of the largest volumes of wood ever, and that’s a good indicator that what we’re planning for the twin berth project will meet the needs of our customers.”

To manage the volume of wood coming, the port wants to be able to park two 200m-long ships in the port and load them at the same time.

The problem is at the moment the port has not got enough room to load them both, or enough strong wharf frontage, to park them both.

Eastland Port has shared its development plans since May. Mr Gaddum has been showing interested groups of iwi, business leaders, conservationists and heritage staff around the normally secure port.

The behind-the-scenes tour of the port is now a regular Tuesday morning event.

This week a Lytton High School economics class, Heritage New Zealand’s Lower North Island manager, East Coast MP Anne Tolley, and Gisborne Tatapouri Sport Fishing Club members took a look behind the scenes.

“We're all in this together,” Mr Gaddum said.

“Some people find what we are proposing challenging, while others are dying to know more. So we’re involving as many people as we can in the port’s five-year development plan.”

THE export log trade through Eastland Port set a new all-time monthly record in August with a total of more than 297,195 tonnes swinging over the Gisborne wharf into the 13 ships that docked here during the month.

The throughput was up by around 10,000 tonnes on the previous record month of June this year.

Eastland Port also recorded a record daily cart-in of logs into the port of nearly 13,000 tonnes on one day last month.

The new monthly record total was an increase of 36 percent compared to August last year when the tally reached 219,245 tonnes.

Last month was the busiest month for wood export since Eastland Port was created in 2003 and the biggest export month in the history of the port.

“The demand for local wood from overseas continues to show year-over-year increases almost every month,” said port general manager Andrew Gaddum.

“The local supply chains are working to keep up with these demands and Eastland Port is at the end of that supply chain.”

The 13 log ships to call here took away wood bound for India and China, with each ship carrying away 8000–36,000 tonnes.

Busiest ever for wood exports

Mr Gaddum said September and October should be two of the busiest months ever seen for wood export.

The forecast was made as exporters move away from the more difficult winter harvest months and enter the spring flush.

“We’re expecting exporters to shift some of the largest volumes of wood ever, and that’s a good indicator that what we’re planning for the twin berth project will meet the needs of our customers.”

To manage the volume of wood coming, the port wants to be able to park two 200m-long ships in the port and load them at the same time.

The problem is at the moment the port has not got enough room to load them both, or enough strong wharf frontage, to park them both.

Eastland Port has shared its development plans since May. Mr Gaddum has been showing interested groups of iwi, business leaders, conservationists and heritage staff around the normally secure port.

The behind-the-scenes tour of the port is now a regular Tuesday morning event.

This week a Lytton High School economics class, Heritage New Zealand’s Lower North Island manager, East Coast MP Anne Tolley, and Gisborne Tatapouri Sport Fishing Club members took a look behind the scenes.

“We're all in this together,” Mr Gaddum said.

“Some people find what we are proposing challenging, while others are dying to know more. So we’re involving as many people as we can in the port’s five-year development plan.”

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