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AFCA General Manager steps down

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The Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) has announced that General Manager (GM) Stacey Gardiner had tendered her resignation on Friday of last week after six and half years in the role and a range of achievements. Adan Taylor, AFCA Chair, said, “Stacey has made a significant contribution to AFCA during her time as GM, and she has led the organisation …

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Native forest logging in WA banned from 2024

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Logging of native forests in Western Australia’s South West will be banned from 2024 thanks to a state government decision lauded by environmentalist groups. But the forestry industry lobby claims the sector has been blindsided by the move, which it claimed came without consultation and would impact jobs despite a proposed AU$50 million transition fund from the government. Premier Mark …

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Largest vessel to load logs from New Zealand

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A deal has been finalised that will soon see the largest vessel to ever call at New Zealand for the loading of logs. The deal between South Pacific Shipping (SPS) and Oldendorff Carriers was brokered by Braemar ACM’s Bruce McFarlane, a Mount Maunganui local. Braemar also negotiated the deal with ISO Stevedoring that delivered the mobile cranes from the manufacturer …

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Hybrid trailer-log trucks: the move to electrification

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It is no secret that electrification is the future. Over just a few years, electrification moved from being a concept to being a reality. And we’re not talking about cars anymore, we’re talking heavy-duty trucks used in the energy, mining, and forestry sectors. Since technology for full electrification of these heavy trucks isn’t yet ready to meet contemporary operational requirements …

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Residues to Revenues 2022 event announced

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For New Zealand and Australia, it’s been over 8 years since a wood residues programme has been run by FIEA showcasing new innovations around harvesting, bio-fuel handling and transport technologies. Because of the huge interest being shown right now by forest owners and wood harvesting contractors in extracting wood bio-fuels to supply the ever-increasing demand from large industrial scale heat …

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15.9% reduction in road costs for forestry company

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There are massive pay offs when you think outside of the box! By adding PolyCom Stabilising Aid, TPMS cut the metal requirements by a massive 54.2% over their standard pavement design, decreasing the build costs of this 3.2km by 15.9% and saving three days of standard construction time. Last year (May 2020), TAML Forestry of Hawera, South Taranaki approached Total …

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Cat launches remote control system

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Think of the work being done at the moment around remote controlled log hauler operations – keeping those working on steeper forest slopes safe. This work is ongoing – but the targets already set. In a similar vein, Caterpillar has launched its remote-control system for large excavator models into the North American and Japanese construction equipment markets. Designed to remove …

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Biofuel truck use damaging to the environment?

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CEAC warns that use of trucks with biodiesel will cause far more damage to environment than using electric trucks, overseas studies have found that production of biofuels for use in diesel truck engines will speed up the climate change, not slow it down as is depicted here from University of Waikato Troy Baisden, Professor (Environmental Sciences), University of Waikato. Growing, …