Strong year for Eastland Port

Friday 26 Apr 2019

New Zealand’s Eastland Port, Gisborne. achieved an annual tonnage throughput of just under 2.9 million tonnes of cargo in the year to March 2019, slightly down on last year’s record-breaking result. “The 12-month period was another very strong year for throughput at Eastland Port with vessels taking this district’s export product to South Korea, Japan, China, and Singapore,” says general manager Andrew Gaddum.

In the year to 31 March 2019, 140 ships handled 2,956,071 tonnes of cargo at Eastland Port. Of that, 126 ships took away 2,941,324 tonnes of logs. Mr Gaddum says the record of 3,000,766 tonnes of cargo handled in a year was set in 2018. The lower log export volume in 2019 was primarily due to the floods in June last year which significantly impacted the region’s harvesting and transport infrastructure.

While the annual record wasn’t surpassed there were other milestones reached in the time period. Eastland Port marked a cart-in record-setting day after 15,004 tonnes of wood arrived and was processed on Tuesday 19 March 2019. “To put that in perspective that’s about half a ship worth of wood,” says Mr Gaddum. The previous record of 14,838 tonnes was also set during the year on 18 December 2018.

Processing 15,000 tonnes of wood in a day on port represents thousands of hours of work by a range of people beforehand - the port is just the last part of a process thousands have played their part in.” Mr Gaddum says a ship carrying 30,000 tonnes of logs injects over NZ$3 million into this economy.

“It provides the forest owners a return and importantly creates many direct and indirect jobs within this community. More than 50 percent of the above amount goes to pay locally based contractors and suppliers, regardless of who owns the trees.”

Mr Gaddum says that as well as being the vital link for wood export there is also a growing need for the port to provide for higher value break-bulk products and container exports from the forestry, horticultural and agricultural industries. “Collectively these industries provide a very strong foundation on which to continue with the port’s repairs, maintenance and development work, known as the twin berth development plan,” says Mr Gaddum.

Source: Eastland Port

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