Pining for China: post-cyclone logs are Asia-bound
LOGS knocked down in the pine forest at Byfield by Tropical Cyclone Marcia are now being loaded onto a ship, bound for China.
The ship Bulk Paraiso has been taking on logs from a stockpile at Gladstone's wharf in the last two days, and it's expected to leave port on Friday next week, according to Q Ships.
TC Marcia tore through the Byfield forest when it made landfall near Yeppoon in late February, destroying thousands of healthy pine trees, weighing more than one million tonnes.
In an effort to save as many trees as possible, a rescue effort was mounted, which would see as many of the damaged trees as possible either shipped overseas for processing or being turned into wood chips in an area on the State Development Area near Gladstone.
HQ Plantations is overseeing the project, with shipping operations under the control of shipping and logistics company C3.
Logs which have been trucked to Gladstone and stockpiled are again loaded onto trucks and taken to the wharf where the cranes on Bulk Paraiso load them into the hold.
The Byfield forest covers 12,000ha - 80% of that area was damaged by the cyclone.
HQPlantations CEO Brian Farmer said the trees had to be moved as quickly as possibly to avoid being affected by sap stain, and therefore making them unsaleable.