Date set for C3 to leave Gisborne

105 workers at Eastland Port and Matawhero site affected.

105 workers at Eastland Port and Matawhero site affected.

The log marshalling and stevedoring company C3 will shut down its Gisborne operations in just over two weeks, affecting the jobs of their 105 staff at Eastland Port and at the Optilog site at Matawhero.

The company’s general manager forestry services Steve Harris said today they met with the staff on Tuesday to outline the final situation.

“Sadly, we will cease operations in Gisborne on October 25.

“We are working closely with our customers and the port logistics company who will take over both our log marshalling operations at the port and the Optilog plant at Matawhero.

“Our main concern is for the wellbeing and redeployment of our employees, which we are currently working through,” Mr Harris said.

C3 provides log marshalling and stevedoring services at the Eastland Port and at the Optilog plant where it marshalls logs to and from the Aratu Forest-run Optimiser plant.

Mr Harris said C3 made the decision to withdraw the provision of port services in the region for a number of reasons, with the final impact being the loss of a major customer contract.

“The forestry volume that remained meant the ongoing viability of the Gisborne operations was extremely challenged, which ultimately led to our decision to exit.

“We want the most efficient and sustainable supply chain for customers and the forestry industry, and believe that a single provider of port services at Gisborne is better placed to improve that solution.

“We remain committed to the forestry industry, which C3 is extremely proud to be associated with.”

He said the company was looking forward to new opportunities and growing its market offering to its customer base in New Zealand.

“Gisborne is a forestry-rich region and we will continue to explore business opportunities here to support economic growth and employment.”

C3 bought six 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 $1 million.

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

The log marshalling and stevedoring company C3 will shut down its Gisborne operations in just over two weeks, affecting the jobs of their 105 staff at Eastland Port and at the Optilog site at Matawhero.

The company’s general manager forestry services Steve Harris said today they met with the staff on Tuesday to outline the final situation.

“Sadly, we will cease operations in Gisborne on October 25.

“We are working closely with our customers and the port logistics company who will take over both our log marshalling operations at the port and the Optilog plant at Matawhero.

“Our main concern is for the wellbeing and redeployment of our employees, which we are currently working through,” Mr Harris said.

C3 provides log marshalling and stevedoring services at the Eastland Port and at the Optilog plant where it marshalls logs to and from the Aratu Forest-run Optimiser plant.

Mr Harris said C3 made the decision to withdraw the provision of port services in the region for a number of reasons, with the final impact being the loss of a major customer contract.

“The forestry volume that remained meant the ongoing viability of the Gisborne operations was extremely challenged, which ultimately led to our decision to exit.

“We want the most efficient and sustainable supply chain for customers and the forestry industry, and believe that a single provider of port services at Gisborne is better placed to improve that solution.

“We remain committed to the forestry industry, which C3 is extremely proud to be associated with.”

He said the company was looking forward to new opportunities and growing its market offering to its customer base in New Zealand.

“Gisborne is a forestry-rich region and we will continue to explore business opportunities here to support economic growth and employment.”

C3 bought six 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 $1 million.

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

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You know it makes sense - 12 days ago
Knock the port on the head, turn the inner harbour into a tourist venue and ship all logs to Napier on the railway when it is back where it belongs as a prime method of transport.
Win, Win I'd say.

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