After supply chain issues, community concerns, and a cargo ship too large to dock in Goose Bay, JP Forestry has begun loading timber from the early stages of the Muskrat Falls project onto a ship destined for Asia drives.
Greg Penney, CEO of JP Forestry, said it was exciting for the company to finally have a forest ship in town.
“I’m so proud to see this ship and this is just the beginning of many, many more to come,” said Penney, who said the company has a keen interest in the wood overseas.
“We have a huge company in England that is very, very interested in buying some fiber from us. So now we’re going to find the best options for ourselves over the winter and book some ships now for early June.”
Penney hopes that shipping prices, which have quadrupled in recent months, will be “cheaper” by next spring and make it easier for shoppers to have ships pick up their products in Goose Bay.
Trucks transport wood from the construction site to the dock around the clock and crews load the ships 16 hours a day. Penney said the initial concerns about the project location in Wilburn Bay are over and he expects the loading to be completed on Saturday.
This project isn’t the only one JP Forestry has in store for the Labrador region. In addition to selling the wood for the Muskrat Falls project, they also have logging permits in the area. Penney says this is Phase 1 of the company’s plans in Labrador but did not provide details on what to do next.
“We’re looking forward to a number of different phases. Some of it is still speculative, but we will definitely push it forward. On some things we will certainly be able to chat a little more.” about it, âhe said.
Let’s just say we have many plans for the Goose Bay area and many job opportunities for Innu and local employees.
Penney said around 45 people are working on the current project, including truck drivers, timber loaders and flaggers. The company had to hire truck drivers from Newfoundland and Quebec to ensure 24-hour delivery of wood to the dock.
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