One of Australia’s largest forest products logistics providers has secured a multi-million deal to provide log marshalling services and will invest in three new material handlers.
C3, part of the LINX Cargo Care Group of companies, will handle all log marshalling operations at the Port of Portland after previously handling 40 per cent of the volume exported through the port.
The company has also purchased three Sennebogan 830M through Pacific Materials Handling to ensure productivity continues to increase.
In Australia, C3 offers both in-field chipping and cut to length harvest and haulage solutions, along with bulk and containerised export log marshalling and stevedoring services.
The log marshalling contract was signed in March, and work commenced just prior to the COVID-19 lockdown.
LINX Cargo Care Group CEO Anthony Jones said the company is committed to the region and have hired an additional 30 people from the area.
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“We made a significant investment in the region despite the economic headwinds and concerns the world was facing,” Jones said.
“Portland, as part of the Green Triangle, is vitally important to the economy. This has been proven with an incredible ramp up in operations and productivity since the contract was signed, driven by customer demand and our ability to quickly adapt and cater to those demands.”
C3 has increased throughput in Portland by 300 per cent despite facing significant COVID-19 restraints, such as limitations around securing medical clearances to onboard new staff.
“C3 took over the receivals in the thick of COVID-19 and have done a fantastic job to adapt and manage with the available resources and additional restrictions brought on by the pandemic,” Pacific Forest Products (PFP) Regional Manager Australia Andy Bell said.
“The Portland Operation is fast becoming a flagship operation for PFP and as we come out of the other side of COVID-19, we remain focused on continuing to provide our suppliers with great service.”