Where Wan­ganui wood ends up

New Zealand Logger - - Breaking Out -

THE SUR­PRIS­ING FACT ABOUT THE LOGS that are har­vested from the forests around Wan­ganui is their route to ex­port mar­kets.

Logic would sug­gest they are trans­ported to the nearby port at New Ply­mouth, less than an hour away. Or even down to Cen­trePort at Welling­ton.

No. Most of the logs har­vested by the crews in this re­gion head across coun­try by rail to be shipped out of Napier.

Mar­cus Mus­son, Direc­tor with lo­cal for­est man­ager, FOMS, says: “There are not enough ships call­ing into New Ply­mouth and it’s ex­pen­sive to ex­port out of there.

“And with the is­sues we have around traf­fic con­ges­tion in Welling­ton and port un­load­ing, which has got worse since the earth­quake, we find that the rail head here in Wan­ganui en­ables us to freight more ef­fi­ciently to Napier.”

FOMS has been op­er­at­ing a rail head log yard in Wan­ganui for the past seven years and re­cently re-lo­cated to the east side of the river, where it’s more con­ve­nient and pro­vides more space.

“There is a lot of wood com­ing on this side of the river so it made a lot of sense,” says Mar­cus. “And it gave us the op­por­tu­nity to put a de­cent size weigh­bridge in, scal­ing func­tions and that sort of thing.

“We’ve been in Eas­town for a cou­ple of years and it works very well. We have one train with 25 wagons leav­ing around 3pm ev­ery day and we need to fill ev­ery one of them, as we pay Ki­wirail whether they are full or not.”

FOMS could send more logs by rail by is cur­rently con­strained by the avail­abil­ity of rolling stock, not wood. One full train equals 17 truck and trailer loads. NZL

Logs are loaded onto the train by a Chi­nese-made wheel loader, for trans­port to the port at Napier.

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