Eastland Port operational again

WONDERFUL NEWS: The logboat Wonderful SW docked yesterday and is pictured this morning being loaded with logs. The port was closed again earlier this week due to disruptive waves and swells. Calmer weather is forecast for the next 10 days. Picture by Liam Clayton

With Eastland Port unable to take any more logs earlier this week, Gisborne log truckers had to drive to Napier to keep their livelihoods afloat.

However, there was some “wonderful” news for them yesterday, as log ships were once again able to get into port.

Gisborne logging trucks were this week seen queuing up to access Napier Port — a situation Warwick Wilshier from trucking firm Williams and Wilshier said was expensive but unavoidable.

“Our Gisborne customers are choosing to send wood to Napier at significant cost as they can’t get it into the Gisborne wharf.

“Volumes into Napier from other sources have dropped, so the congestion is probably no greater than normal.

“With the sudden drop in log price, a few Gisborne trucks won’t create too many issues, as other suppliers in Hawke’s Bay reduce.”

Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland said the forest industry was committed to keeping people working.

“In this case it means, for some companies, sending logs to Napier, and out of Napier Port.”

Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said port operations restarted yesterday.

“Shipping resumed at Eastland Port yesterday morning at 6am when Wonderful SW was brought alongside the wharf. Ship berthing had been on hold at the port for just over six days due to disruptive infragravity waves and significant swells. Calmer weather is forecast for the next 10 days.”

With Eastland Port unable to take any more logs earlier this week, Gisborne log truckers had to drive to Napier to keep their livelihoods afloat.

However, there was some “wonderful” news for them yesterday, as log ships were once again able to get into port.

Gisborne logging trucks were this week seen queuing up to access Napier Port — a situation Warwick Wilshier from trucking firm Williams and Wilshier said was expensive but unavoidable.

“Our Gisborne customers are choosing to send wood to Napier at significant cost as they can’t get it into the Gisborne wharf.

“Volumes into Napier from other sources have dropped, so the congestion is probably no greater than normal.

“With the sudden drop in log price, a few Gisborne trucks won’t create too many issues, as other suppliers in Hawke’s Bay reduce.”

Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland said the forest industry was committed to keeping people working.

“In this case it means, for some companies, sending logs to Napier, and out of Napier Port.”

Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said port operations restarted yesterday.

“Shipping resumed at Eastland Port yesterday morning at 6am when Wonderful SW was brought alongside the wharf. Ship berthing had been on hold at the port for just over six days due to disruptive infragravity waves and significant swells. Calmer weather is forecast for the next 10 days.”

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