A huge logging camp cum log pond belonging to Shin Yang in Bakun area.
This tank is placed at the road side so that logging trucks and other vechicles can fill up without returning to the base camp.
Keruing and Meranti logs in neat piles after being inspected and graded by buyers. They lie there waiting for shipment by barge. Early morning at a log pond above Belaga. In the upper Rajang River in Sarawak, the floaters are tied into rafts and towed down river to sawmills and plywood mills or to an anchorage point near the sea for export. Sinkers are usually transported by barges and small vessels. A long raft of Meranti logs which has been debarked. This photo was taken in Barito River near Banjarmasin, Kalimantan Indonesia.
This 70 foot (width) , 270 foot (length) and 16 foot (draft) barge can carry about 4,500 m3 of logs and can ferry the logs to as far as Thai and Vietnamese ports. Bigger barge of 80'x 300'x20' can carry up to more than 8,000m3 of logs and capable to sail between Sarawak or the Solomon Islands or Papua New Guinea and south China ports.Discharging logs from a barge at one of the sawmills near Sibu.
This pile of very nice logs(above) taken 120KM outside Tawau in east Sabah is of the Selangan Batu species.It is a very durable timber used mainly in the construction industry and also as railway sleepers.The photo below was taken at Sarawak Moulding Factory which belongs to one of Sarawak's logging giants,WTK. The background is the skyline of Sibu Town.
I believe many of you have not seen logging activities in real life. Here is a brief pictorial presentation of logging activities in the tropical rainforests in Sarawak,Sabah,kalimantan Indonesia,Jemaja Island, and Irian Jaya, Indonesia. These photos were taken during my assignments to the timber camps and sawmills between 1984-2004.Hope it is an eye-opener for those who have never landed on a timber camp.