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Monthly port record broken

Eastland Port broke records for the cargo exported and carted into the port last month with the biggest monthly tallies ever recorded at the port.

The port finished its financial year on a high, achieving record cart-in and shipping volumes for the month.

In March the port shipped 337,698 tonnes of wood, a new record, beating the previous top monthly mark of 322,000 tonnes, set in November 2019.

The cart-in total of 341,673 tonnes of logs trucked into the port was another record, up from the previous best of 300,000 tonnes set in March 2019.

The result was achieved despite 62 hours of weather delays.

March saw two squash ships and 12 logging ships go through the port.

“This is a remarkable achievement, particularly in a year that started with huge uncertainty due to Covid,” said Eastland Group chief operating officer Andrew Gaddum.

“Cart-in continues to be very strong, which helped us rocket past the weighbridge record.

“Daily totals rarely fell below 14,000 tonnes over the course of last month, and everyone in the yard and on the berth is working hard to be efficient and safe,” he said.

“Thank you to ISO, the port team, the truckies and everyone in the supply chain for playing their part. It's a result that we can all be very proud of, as it helps to underpin a thriving Tairawhiti economy.

“Forward bookings are looking good, but as the number of ships out in the bay shows, we need to be able to berth two 185-200 metre long vessels at once.”

Stage 1 of the twin berth project will start in a few months, with the rebuild of Wharf 7 and the slipway.

LAST ONE IN BEST MONTH: The logger Dry Beam Neo was the last ship to load cargo here in the record month of March. She sailed on the morning of April 1 to load further cargo in Tauranga. Picture supplied