New Zealand’s log export industry has doubled over the last decade. For round-the-clock port operations Quality Marshalling took delivery of the region’s first Volvo L350F wheel loaders.
Northland, New Zealand’s northernmost province, boasts the country’s only subtropical climate. The 2,000 hours of annual sunshine and warm weather make the region popular with locals and tourists alike – while ample rainfall during the winter months make it a haven for growing trees. In fact, the province is home to New Zealand’s tallest tree, Tāne Mahuta, which stands 51m tall and is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years old. The region’s indigenous species, kauri
, are renowned for producing high-quality timber - and with timber supplies diminishing and demand increasing, New Zealand’s exports to global markets have sky-rocketed over the last decade.
According to the Forest Owners Association, the country is now the biggest exporter of lumber to China – overtaking former leader Russia – with total volumes exceeding 16 million cubic meters during 2013, tripling those of 2006. As the closest gateway to international markets, the Northland’s multipurpose deep-water commercial facility – Northport – has seen shipments of timber products ramp up. One forestry handling logistics contractor at the port, Quality Marshalling, requires productive, efficient and reliable equipment to ensure it keeps up with demand.
Quality Marshalling has been operating since 1991 specializing in marshalling (receiving cargo and loading it onto the wharf ready for export), and scaling (determining the total volume of logs that’s being exported). The company’s operations run 24 hours a day, seven days a week – using two Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) L350F wheel loaders. Loading and unloading of cargo at Northport’s wharf continues day and night, so fast and efficient cycle times are required to waiting ships.
An unbeatable combination
The Volvo L350 F-Series wheel loader features a Volvo D16 V-ACT engine that offers full power at little more than idle speed. Combined with the load sensing hydraulics system, which delivers the exact hydraulic oil flow only to those functions that require it, the L350F can deliver unrivalled low fuel consumption.