Future uncertain for C3 in Gisborne

THE future of C3’s operations at Eastland Port and the Optilog site at Matawhero is uncertain and the company is talking with staff about its potential exit from the Gisborne operations.

The company employs about 100 staff in Gisborne.

“We are currently in consultation with our employees about the potential exit of C3’s Gisborne operations,” the company’s general manager forestry services Steve Harris said in a statement yesterday.

C3 provides log marshalling and stevedoring services at the Eastland Port and at the Optilog plant that prepares logs for export.

“At this stage, no decision has been made regarding the future of C3’s operations at Gisborne,” Mr Harris said.

“We are committed to supporting our employees and customers through this process.”

Mr Harris said the situation had come about “due to a variety of factors.”

“We will have a clearer picture of the future following the consultation period with our employees.”

Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said the company was aware C3 was reviewing operations in Gisborne.

“It’s a challenging time in the industry and this is a situation that will be causing uncertainty for the people involved and their families.

“We are working through this with C3 and are providing all the support we can,” Mr Gaddum said.

Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland said her organisation would support C3 as well.

“It is obviously a difficult situation and process for them to work through with their staff, and for people and their families.

“We will provide support if required.”

C3 bought eight new purpose-built terminal trucks for its Gisborne operation in 2015 to cart logs from storage areas to the ships alongside the wharf.

The new American-built vehicles cost more than a million dollars.

At the time the company said the investment reflected its confidence in the future of the port and the region.

THE future of C3’s operations at Eastland Port and the Optilog site at Matawhero is uncertain and the company is talking with staff about its potential exit from the Gisborne operations.

The company employs about 100 staff in Gisborne.

“We are currently in consultation with our employees about the potential exit of C3’s Gisborne operations,” the company’s general manager forestry services Steve Harris said in a statement yesterday.

C3 provides log marshalling and stevedoring services at the Eastland Port and at the Optilog plant that prepares logs for export.

“At this stage, no decision has been made regarding the future of C3’s operations at Gisborne,” Mr Harris said.

“We are committed to supporting our employees and customers through this process.”

Mr Harris said the situation had come about “due to a variety of factors.”

“We will have a clearer picture of the future following the consultation period with our employees.”

Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum said the company was aware C3 was reviewing operations in Gisborne.

“It’s a challenging time in the industry and this is a situation that will be causing uncertainty for the people involved and their families.

“We are working through this with C3 and are providing all the support we can,” Mr Gaddum said.

Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland said her organisation would support C3 as well.

“It is obviously a difficult situation and process for them to work through with their staff, and for people and their families.

“We will provide support if required.”

C3 bought eight new purpose-built terminal trucks for its Gisborne operation in 2015 to cart logs from storage areas to the ships alongside the wharf.

The new American-built vehicles cost more than a million dollars.

At the time the company said the investment reflected its confidence in the future of the port and the region.

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