Ris­ing ship­ping costs to hit log ex­ports

New Zealand Logger - - Dana Conference 2018 -

LOG EX­PORTERS FACE AN­OTHER RISE IN SHIP­PING COSTS be­yond the cur­rent oil price surge.

Tony Spel­man, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Man­ager for Swire Ship­ping, told the 2018 DANA Forestry Con­fer­ence in Taupo last month that the in­tro­duc­tion of low sul­phur fuel in 2020 will have an im­pact.

Ship own­ers will ei­ther need to switch over to the new, more en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly fuel or in­tro­duce ex­haust scrub­bers to clean fumes from their older en­gines.

“That will in­evitably flow through to the cost of ship­ping,” he says.

Still on the sub­ject of ship­ping, the own­ers of the Port of Gis­borne are pro­gress­ing with plans to re­de­velop the site to cater for two ships, in­stead of one. Gis­borne claims to be the most ef­fi­cient log ex­port port in New Zealand, han­dling three mil­lion tonnes per year.

The port is also look­ing to re-es­tab­lish a wood chip ex­port fa­cil­ity, make in­creas­ing use of coastal ship­ping to im­prove ef­fi­ciency and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the devel­op­ment of a barge port at Hicks Bay to cater to logs pro­duced from the north­ern East Coast forests.


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