Lumber cut from Muskrat Falls project is finally loaded onto a ship bound for Asia


Greg Penney, CEO of JP Forestry, couldn’t help but smile Monday as chopped lumber from the Muskrat Falls project was loaded onto a ship bound for Asia. (Regan Burden / CBC)

After supply chain issues, community concerns, and a cargo ship too big to dock at Goose Bay, JP Forestry began loading cut timber from the early stages of the Muskrat Falls project onto a ship bound for the Asia.

JP Forestry CEO Greg Penney said it’s exciting for the company to finally have a ship in town for lumber.

“I am so proud to see this ship and this is just the very beginning of many, many more to come,” said Penney, who said the company has a great deal of interest overseas in the drink.

“We have a huge company in England that is very, very interested in buying fiber from us. So over the winter now we will determine the best opportunities for us and book ships for early June.”

Penney is hoping that shipping prices, which he says have quadrupled in recent months, will be more “reasonable” by next spring and that it will be easier for shoppers to have their products picked up by consumers. ships to Goose Bay.

Logs are loaded onto the freighter at the Goose Bay wharf. (Regan Burden / CBC)

Trucks transport timber from site to wharf 24 hours a day, and crews load ships 16 hours a day. Penney said initial concerns about the project site in Wilburn Bay have subsided and he expects loading to be completed on Saturday.

Future plans

This project is not the only one that JP Forestry has in store for the Labrador region. In addition to selling the timber cut for the Muskrat Falls project, they also have licenses to cut timber in the area. Penney says this is Phase 1 of the company’s plans in Labrador, but gave no details on what will follow.

“There are a number of different phases that we are looking forward to. Some are still speculative, but we are definitely moving forward. Some things, as that happens, we will certainly be able to discuss. a little more on that, ”he said.

“Let’s just say that we have a lot of projects for Goose Bay and the region and a lot of employment opportunities for the Innu and local employees. There’s going to be a lot of work to come here over the next couple of years, that’s for sure. ”

Trucks bring wood to the wharf 24 hours a day. (Regan Burden / CBC)

Penney said there were around 45 people working on the current project, including truck drivers, log loaders and flaggers. The company had to bring in truckers from Newfoundland and Quebec to ensure the 24-hour delivery of lumber to the wharf.

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