‘All at sea’ or ... Just 'a bit of a backlog'?
Wednesday 21 Jul 2021
Wall of Wood: Armada of ships off Gisborne the biggest in a century wait to load at Eastland Port - Last week more than a dozen logging ships are anchored off Gisborne, a sight not seen since the heyday of coastal shipping a century ago.
The armada of 30,000-tonne plus vessels in Poverty Bay/Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and further out to sea are part of what's been described as a forestry "gold rush". The port company's chief operating officer Andrew Gaddum said it was thought to be the biggest influx of ships since during World War I, when coastal shipping was at its peak.
According to sources, it will take about a month to clear the backlog of ships which has built up as bulk freight has been knocked out of kilter by the coronavirus pandemic's impact on supply chains, logging companies ordering surplus capacity and some local factors at Eastland Port; wharf repairs during the day and, recently, bad weather.
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