NAVIGATION LOG – The Gisborne Herald


Posted on 06 July 2021 at 11:46 a.m.

The biggest accumulation since World War I

The build-up of wooden ships anchored off Gisborne continues as the Port of Eastland catches up with a delay in exports caused by heavy swells and restricted access during wharf repairs.

A dozen wooden ships were visible at anchor this morning, stretching just south of Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay to Tuahine Point.

Last week, a ship was at anchor as far as Whangara.

Eastland Group COO Andrew Gaddum described it as the largest accumulation of ships anchored off Gisborne since World War I, when coasting trade was at its peak.

Log exports resumed over the weekend when the rough seas calmed down.

Logger Taikoo Brilliance was loaded over the weekend and sailed in the early afternoon yesterday. Within an hour, another vessel, AC Kathryn, was brought in and moored to begin loading.

Mr Gaddum said restricted access to the export dock until June due to dock repairs and inclement weather contributed to the backlog.

“The forestry industry is trying to find practical solutions to the growing demand for a single logging station,” he said.

“As a group, we have implemented some processes and will continue to collaborate on more initiatives and efficiencies to alleviate the pressure on the forest industry.

“This situation also highlights the importance of the Twin Berth project, which will help make the port sustainable.

“This will allow two forestry vessels to dock at once, making operations twice as efficient.”

“This is an evolving situation and the Port of Eastland will be providing further updates in the coming days,” said Mr. Gaddum.

The New Zealand Herald today reported that it would take about a month to clear the backlog of ships.

“A bit of a gold rush”

Other factors involved in the backlog included bulk cargo which has been wracked around the world by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on supply chains and logging companies commanding excess capacity.

Demand for logs from China is on the rise and the port is on track for the biggest year in its history, Gaddum said.

“We are in the midst of a gold rush right now,” he said.

Idle logging vessels cost their owners around NZ $ 35,000 per day.

Mr Gaddum said the global situation was not helping.

“Everything seems to be slightly out of whack at the moment,” he said.

Meanwhile, increasingly unreliable shipping schedules and a lack of refrigerated containers are causing headaches for Hawke’s Bay’s export industry.

About 40 container ships have missed their scheduled stopovers at the port of Napier in the past eight months.

A report from the Ministry of Primary Industries released last month said forest export revenues are expected to reach $ 6.3 billion nationwide in the year ending June 2021, an increase of 12 , 8% compared to 2019-2020, when the forestry sector was prevented from functioning during level 4 blockages.

Harvest volumes are expected to reach 36.5 million cubic meters in 2020-2021, up 14.5% from last year.

Log export volumes were expected to increase by 21.4 percent, reflecting increased demand for export logs.

“The forestry sector has continued to benefit from growing global demand for our main forest products, as well as strong domestic demand,” the report says.

“Internationally, growing demand for New Zealand logs and sawn timber, particularly from China and the United States, is putting upward pressure on export prices. “

New Zealand remains the largest supplier of softwood logs to China, followed by Germany, Russia, the United States, Uruguay and the Czech Republic. – Additional reports from the NZ Herald

Queue: Several wooden ships wait to load at Eastland harbor yesterday. About ten ships were visible this morning. The number either in port or at anchor is actually 14, which has been described as the largest accumulation of ships anchored off Gisborne since World War I. Idle vessels have been reported to cost owners $ 35,000 per day. Photo by Liam Clayton

A fleet of ships wait in and beyond Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay. Computer software that tracks a ship’s location from its positional radio signals shows that one is in port, two are in the inner bay, and the others are further away. In the harbor is AC Kathryn, while near the bay is Enishi and Daiwan Wisdom. The rest of the maritime fleet are Glorious Sawara, Tampa Bay, Ever Gallant, Clearwater Bay, T Symphony, Poavosa Ace, Mount Adams, Hoihow, African Finsh, Magpie SW and Benjamaree Naree.


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