At present container ship schedules and stevedoring staff are split between the Fergusson and Bledisloe container terminals, which are run semi-independently. Bledisloe will continue to be used intensively for port operations, including non-containerised cargo and Customs activities, as well as some containers, with cargo currently handled on Queens Wharf transferring to Bledisloe, Captain Cook and Marsden wharves.
Commenting that changing to a single workforce based at Fergusson will help the company be more efficient, general manager of operations Grant Jorey said,” “We will have significantly more flexibility and be better placed to resource peak periods. The changes are about getting the best out of our land, equipment, berths and labour.”
Although there will be an overall reduction of 33 staff as a result of the changes, the company says that thanks to a combination of voluntary redundancies and internal redeployment, there will be no compulsory redundancies.