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Permission to finish loading ship

Logging trucks still on the road have special permission to finish loading a ship because loading was started before lockdown.

Aratu Forests chief executive Ian Brown says the cartage of the logs is being done by a restricted number of trucks, on a closed circuit between the yard and the port, and in the safest practical manner, with social distancing rules being strictly adhered to.

“Our aim is to cart the logs across to the port as quickly and safely as possible and get the vessel loaded and away.

“All truck drivers will go home and into lockdown as soon as the work is completed, which we expect to have done by tomorrow,” said Mr Brown.

“Aratu Forests had already commenced loading of a vessel in the port before the lockdown announcement and has permission from the Ministry to complete the loading of this vessel.

Part of the loading process is the moving of logs required on this vessel from the off-port storage yard at the end of Dunstan Rd to the port.”