Eastland Port in New Zealand reported record log tonnage throughput in January, 2017. According to the announcement, the port reached 178,197 tonnes throughput. This is 45% higher than in January 2016 when it reached 96,579 tonnes.
Andrew Gaddum, Port General Manager, commented:
“January can traditionally be a low volume month because of the Christmas and holiday breaks when forest operation stops, but this January’s throughput nearly doubled that of January 2016. Nine log vessels took away 178,197 tonnes of wood; three vessels departed with 4012 tonnes of squash; and three cruise ships arrived and left with just over 3000 people.
Eastland Port’s busiest months for log throughput are March and April, and September and October. In 2016, 2.3 million tonnes of logs were exported and this is expected to rise to 2.5 million tonnes for 2017.
While Eastland Port will be able to handle the 2.5m tonnes of wood predicted for this year, projections show the port will need to be able to handle 4 million tonnes over the next ten years.