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Swire Bulk takes delivery of new bulk carrier

Swire Bulk takes delivery of new bulk carrier

Swire Bulk, the bulk division of The China Navigation Company, has taken delivery of its new, log-fitted bulk carrier into service. MV Singan is traded worldwide with a strong focus on the log trade in the Pacific and South Atlantic. The vessel was named in February 2020 by lady sponsor, Mrs Kaori Imoto, the wife of John Swire & Sons ...
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Benefits of automated in cab driver monitoring

Benefits of automated in cab driver monitoring

Guardian, the in-cab fatigue management system from Seeing Machines, recently was part of a breakthrough study into driver behaviour at Monash University, the results of which are likely going to ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 9

HarvestTECH News Issue 9

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. It's welcome relief that both New Zealand and Australian COVID-19 lockdowns are easing and businesses, that weren't already operating, are now opening up again ...
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Silviculture subsidy to support Kiwi locals

Silviculture subsidy to support Kiwi locals

Silviculture in New Zealand got a boost with a support subsidy package announced last week from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) which will assist this sector to secure a ...
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First woodchip shipment for Eden after the bushfires

First woodchip shipment for Eden after the bushfires

Allied Natural Wood Exports (ANWE) has started loading the first woodchip vessel to dock since the bushfires forced the Eden facility to shut down in early January. The MV Cattleya ...
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Tasmanian authorities investigating spikes in logs

Tasmanian authorities investigating spikes in logs

Tree spiking involves nails, bolts or other metal spikes or objects being hammered or drilled into trees to disrupt logging and milling. Two sawmills in Tasmania's south have reported finding ...
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Timber industry’s race against the clock

Timber industry’s race against the clock

Thirty thousand hectares of Forestry Corporation land burnt. Thirty-nine crews currently harvesting timber (up from 23 before the fires). Twelve to 18 months before the fire damage makes the logs ...
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A 5G roading solution for forestry roading

A 5G roading solution for forestry roading

In New Zealand, there are many forests with thousands of km’s of roading spread widely across both islands, with many different types of soils and clays. Some are great for ...
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Jack Kuru – the legend road builder

Jack Kuru – the legend road builder

“Jack Kuru – the legend road builder”. These words are scribed on the wall of the Wairangi Whare as a reminder of Jacks time in Wairangi Forest road building in ...
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TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

TracPlus announces NZ$5m investment

TracPlus has successfully closed a significant funding round with New Zealand’s most experienced technology investment firm, Movac, investing NZ$5m. TracPlus offers real-time tracking, communication and integrated solutions for those in ...
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Forest Safety Conference to proceed - online

Forest Safety Conference to proceed – online

Forest Safety Conference confirmed for June; goes international The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) announced this week that its annual forest safety conference will be going ahead in June – ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 8

HarvestTECH News Issue 8

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. The last couple of months has changed the face of the planet. COVID-19 has highlighted just how exposed we are to viral pandemics ...
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Forest Safety Conference goes international confirmed for June

Forest Safety Conference goes international confirmed for June

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) announced today its annual forest safety conference will be going ahead in June – in digital form. The new program is online now at ...
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New harvester head launched by Ponsse

New harvester head launched by Ponsse

A new harvester head has been designed for the Ponsse Bear harvester, but it is ideal for track-based machines. The H8HD Euca is an effective tool in forests where the ...
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Truck giants join forces on hydrogen tech

Truck giants join forces on hydrogen tech

Large scale production and commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cells has been given a boost by a joint venture between two of the world's biggest commercial vehicle manufacturers. Daimler Truck AG ...
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Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

Southern Apprentice of the Year awarded

Wood Council’s across New Zealand this year have had to cancel their annual awards programmes. Measures to tackle the COVID-19 virus and the enforced lockdown of forestry and wood products ...
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Ponsse celebrates 50 years

Ponsse celebrates 50 years

From a small village workshop in Vieremä, Finland, Einari Vidgrén’s dream of building forestry machines has grown into an international business with reach around the globe. Vidgrén’s dream would materialize ...
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John Deere appoint NZ dealers

John Deere appoint NZ dealers

John Deere forestry equipment has a new home at two of New Zealand’s most respected machinery dealers to bring a greater range of sought-after machinery and cutting- edge technology to ...
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New CEO for Komatsu Forest

New CEO for Komatsu Forest

Jens Bengtsson will take up the position as CEO of Komatsu Forest AB. Jens has worked in the company for 11 years and has recently held both the role of ...
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Electronic logging devices next year for Canada

Electronic logging devices next year for Canada

FPInnovations, Canada, announced that a new federal mandate is expected to come into effect next year making electronic logging devices (ELDs) mandatory for federally-regulated motor carriers and their drivers. With ...
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Wire rope maintenance and inspection in winch assist operations

Wire rope maintenance and inspection in winch assist operations

As you many of you will be aware, Brian Tuor, a Canadian cable logging specialist has been travelling to NZ for the last 30 years providing training and consulting to ...
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HarvestTECH News Issue 7

HarvestTECH News Issue 7

Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News. So, what a difference a month makes. When the last monthly issue came out there were rumblings about our country’s borders potentially being closed ...
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