Record year for New Zealand’s Eastland Port

Eastland Port shifted three million tonnes of cargo in the financial year to the end of March 2018, breaking all previous records. In the year in question, 31,178 ships took away 3,002,369 tonnes of cargo from Eastland Port.

“It takes skilled wharf staff and a whole lot of collaboration to shift three million tonnes of cargo at a port that is short on ship berths and storage space,” said Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum. ISO and C3 handle the loading and unloading ships at Eastland Port and Gaddum was full of praise for the way the companies operated during the year.

“Staff at those companies are the interface between land and sea. They are experts in the handling of cargo and the port’s success as New Zealand’s second largest exporter of logs depends on their safety, efficiency and skill.”

Eastland Port is the gateway to international markets for this region’s prosperous forestry industry. However, gisborneherald.co.nz quoted Gaddum as saying: “The port needs some moderate expansion to be able to handle that amount of export volume and be fit for purpose for the forestry industry, an industry that’s helping this region prosper. Even without a twin berth development our ageing infrastructure needs significant maintenance and repair.”


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