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Changes working to reduce port backlog

CHANGES made to operations at Eastland Port's overseas wharf have already helped reduce the backlog of shipping anchored off Gisborne, and the number of ships waiting has dropped.

As of this morning there were 8-9 log boats waiting offshore to get into the port to load cargo, down from more than a dozen last week.

“The changes made to the allocation system for berths has been modified and the new operational parameters put in place have already made a noticeable improvement to vessel turnaround times,” said Eastland Group chief operating officer Andrew Gaddum. “Weather permitting we will continue to significantly reduce the current queue of vessels.”

Mr Gaddum said Eastland Port continued to work with log exporters and ISO Limited to ensure the backlog of ships was reduced as soon as possible.

The logger Clearwater Bay completed loading and sailed for Marsden Point this morning.

The African Finch was docked in her place and will load through into sometime Thursday afternoon.

Still at anchor offshore from Gisborne are the Ever Gallant, Benjamas Naree, T Symphony, Glorious Sawara, Tampa Bay, Asian Bulker, New Life and the Port Alfred.

Counting the Clearwater Bay there have been 10 log ships loaded here since the start of July.

UNUSUAL ANGLE: The log ship African Finch was docked alongside the Gisborne wharf this morning as Eastland Port makes progress in reducing the backlog of shipping here. The superstructure of the ship was viewed through the city skyline as the tugs guided her into place at the dock. Picture by Liam Clayton