Friday, 31 August 2018


Late-arriving news coming from the Western Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, brings with it sad notice of yet another marine terminal worker's untimely death.
The link below provides all details presently in our possession.

With all the World’s ports as our subject matter focus, it’s understandably difficult to report all incidents in both a timely and orderly manner. There are times wherein we receive notices within moments of such an occurrence; there are other times (such as is the case here) where the notice arrives several months later. We ask for the readers’ forbearance.
Nonetheless, the knowledge of each such incident, while often horrible to contemplate, is important in creating at least some awareness on the part of other longshore workers. It is our hope that such knowledge will somehow permit waterfront workers the ability to safely return home to their families and friends after each work shift. For that reason, we will continue to pass on that knowledge.
Word coming to us just today, reveals that an employee of Dateline Transam Shipping Ltd was crushed and fatally injured while transiting on foot between two intermodal containers stored in the terminal’s yard. We conjecture that the containers were stationary and that a powered piece of equipment was either engaging one of the containers or, alternatively, accidentally struck one.
The 46 year old victim’s actual name is presently unknown, however, the media account immediately below speaks in terms of a psuedo nom.
Link To Media Account:   Man Dies At Wharf In Tonga (051018)


Great Yarmouth’s prime position to provide supply chain solutions for post-Brexit challenges is set to be discussed at a roundtable event later today.
Featuring local businesses and senior government ministers, and hosted at the Port of Great Yarmouth by Peel Ports, the debate will consider ways in which the public and private sectors can work better together to improve investment and job creation in the area, maximising potential benefits from changes in trade with the continent.
Around 20 guests from the political, shipping and business communities on the East Coast are attending the event, which will focus on the importance of giving ports greater autonomy and supporting economic growth.
Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, along with Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth and cabinet member, will take part in the discussion.
The agenda for the debate will also include the views of local businesses on how government can create a more pro-enterprise environment for trade.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said:
“Yarmouth and Lowestoft ports have the potential be the lifeblood of the local economy, and I have seen today the enormous ambition that business leaders have to improve trade links form these areas.
“After we leave the EU, we hope that these great ports will be able to take advantage of the opportunities available to them and realise their exports ambitions. Exporting is good for business, good for jobs and good for people working and living in the area.”
Peel Ports recently put forward a potential answer to congestion on the Dover Straits using the model of unaccompanied trailers for roll-on, roll-off services that is commonly used in the Irish Sea. The company believes that other creative solutions are available to overcome other uncertainties or concerns over continental trade post-Brexit.
Port Director Richard Goffin of Peel Ports added: “As well as our extensive capabilities supporting the offshore oil and gas sector, we have a long tradition as a general purpose port handling a wide variety of cargoes from aggregates to wind turbines. We know that many of our customers are looking for new ways of operating to ensure they can continue to prosper post-Brexit. Our combination of location, facilities and customer-focussed approach gives us an excellent opportunity to help them put in place those new logistics models.”
Peel Ports, which owns and operates a number of ports around the UK and Ireland, has invested heavily in its infrastructure at Great Yarmouth in recent years.
The Government is also improving transport links in the region, vital for port access, by investing more than £3 billion on major road schemes in the East of England, including the £6.8 million Great Yarmouth link road which has eased congestion and helped to support offshore access.
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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Aerial Photos Of The Port Of Felixstowe From Years Ago

I have been given permission to post these pics by Rowland Carson who has this webpage 

'No-deal' Brexit will see truck freight cleared inland

David Osler 

Port sources expect the UK government to green light inland clearance to avoid coastal chaos

A 'no deal' Brexit will see Britain wave trucks through ferry ports pretty much as now, with any necessary customs clearance handled inland, according to sources who have been briefed on government thinking.  
No real changes will be needed for imported breakbulk or containerised cargoes either, as most of them already arrive from non-EU countries and existing arrangements can readily be maintained.
The hope is that these steps will avert the kind of congestion crisis at key ro-ro facilities such as Holyhead and Dover which many in the industry regard as a real risk unless Britain and Brussels come to a workable arrangement on the UK’s departure from the EU.
Only 1-2% of inbound lorries currently experience any kind of checks at all, largely to circumvent potential people trafficking or cigarette smuggling, or on the basis of specific intelligence.
The best outcome, most ports industry people believe, would be a negotiated settlement that either gives Britain official customs union membership, or at least the main benefits that flow from it.
While there is little apparent enthusiasm for inland clearance, which will probably entail the use of customs agents at cost to the consignee, it would at least avert worst-case scenarios.
The development came as Brexit secretary Dominic Raab yesterday launched the first batch of what will eventually be 70-80 so-called technical notes, outlining how the government will deal with the no-deal scenario.
Each of the documents will be between one and four pages long, and set down what businesses and citizens should do if amenable terms are not reached.
Most mainstream coverage has focused on the implications for consumers, particularly the news that Britons will face higher surcharges when using their credit cards to buy goods from EU countries online, or when visiting EU countries for leisure or business.
However, a number of the papers are expected to be of direct relevance to the shipping and ports industries. Lloyd's Loading List has been told that one will centre on seafarer certification, although it was not among the papers published yesterday.
Sources also suggest that a note on maritime safety has been deemed “too technical” for general consumption and has been quietly shelved by the Department for Transport. The DfT declined to comment on these claims, referring calls to the Department for Exiting the EU.
Exporters are advised that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, trade would revert to World Trade Organization terms. It may be easiest for them to hire a customs broker, freight forwarder or logistics provider to take on the red tape.
In a speech in London, Mr Raab insisted he was “confident a good deal is within our sights” and that Britain’s departure from the EU without agreement – which would entail a reversion to trading on World Trade Organization terms – was “unlikely”.
Shipping and ports warranted just one mention in Mr Raab’s address, with a glancing reference to the need for engagement between port authorities.
Responding to the speech, the British Ports Association urged the government to find a modus vivendi with the EU. 
Chief executive Richard Ballantyne said: “While it is sensible that the government considers all outcomes, we are hopeful that both sides will want to ensure that ports are free flowing on day one.”
For ro-ro ports, no-deal could represent a serious challenge and lead to significant disruption at the border, he said.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier should seriously consider the latest proposals from the UK government, colloquially known as the Chequers plan, Mr Ballantyne said.
“The Chequers agreement and the government’s Brexit White Paper proposals offered a solution to the challenge of possible new customs and borders checks, which to date appears to be the only viable option.
“Without agreement the fluidity of tens of thousands of freight vehicles which travel between the UK and the EU on a daily basis is at stake. It is vital that we get this right.”
The UK Chamber of Shipping has broadly welcomed the first round of technical notices, but added: “There is still ground to be covered and detail to be teased out”.
Most importantly, the government needs to accelerate the pace and sustain the momentum with which it is providing guidance on Brexit, it said.
“The technical notices released today are thin on real detail on what will happen and how Brexit plans will be executed in the event of no deal.”
That makes for the danger of placing too great an onus on industry to figure out how business will be executed, particularly with respect to supply chains and cross-border trade, the chamber said.
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Port Of Felixstowe Pics By Robin Pridmore

   Photo credits to Robin Pridmore     

Wednesday, 29 August 2018


Applicants are invited to apply for the above vacancy within the Operations Department, based at the Port of Liverpool.
These are full, flexible roles. These positions will require day, night and weekend working.
Role Purpose: To work within a team to carry out operations efficiently, effectively and in a safe manner. To ensure the on-time delivery of planned activity, continuous flow of productivity and high customer satisfaction levels.
Initially trained as a Shiphand (Labourer), with expectation to progress into other roles, including:
-Tug Driver - Quayside 
-Fork Lift Truck Driver 
-Hatch Clerk 
-Straddle Carrier Operator 
-Gantry Crane Operator
Required Experience
Applicants interested in this role should ideally possess the following skills and experience:
-Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all aspects of the job 
-Willingness to work shifts 
-Able to understand and accurately follow management instructions and procedures 
-Good verbal communication skills 
-Good numeracy and literacy skills 
-Must hold a full current Driving Licence 
-Able to understand and use supplied IT equipment and systems
Successful applicants will be required to complete the following during their training process:
-Driver Induction Training 
-Manual Handling Assessment 
-A full pre-employment medical (working at heights and depth perception)

ABP are looking for committed and reliable individuals to join the Operations Department of the Humber region to help support the safe, efficient and successful running of its ports.
You will be a proactive and safety conscious individual who will work with multiple cargo types, plant and machinery to agreed targets and deadlines. Following a period of initial training you will undertake day-to-day operational activities that could include:
  • Cleaning (including industrial)
  • General Stevedoring
  • Stevedoring Cape Vessels
  • Weighbridge / Gatehouse
  • Tug Driving (landside)
  • Hopper Driving
  • Fork Lift Truck (up to 7.5t fork attachment)
This is a great opportunity to develop your career within ABP. As an ABP employee you will receive hands-on training to develop your skills and knowledge in port operations and compliance. This will equip you to operate plant and equipment (including pre-start checks), during vessel loading /discharging and cargo storage operations.
Essential Requirements
  • Pro-active attitude to Health and Safety and a willingness to contribute to/improve Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work.
  • Experience of working in a busy & fast paced environment with the ability to work towards set targets.
  • Strong team working abilities and a can-do attitude.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Full UK driving license (car or motorbike) and ideally, will have own transport.
Desirable Requirements
  • A willingness to attain Port Operations to NVQ level 2/3 or equivalent.
  • Numeracy and Literacy skills.
  • Ability to navigate IT equipment e.g. smart phone, hand held terminals etc.
  • Previous experience of contributing to Risk Assessment and Safe Systems of Work.
  • Experience of operating plant and equipment in a similar industrial environment (Cranedriving and Cargo Lashing would be particularly advantageous).
General Information
We expect the role-holder to be able to work at other terminals and ports within the Humber region (Hull, Goole, Grimsby, Immingham) to ensure adequate cover at all times.
Cleaning of equipment and site and assisting in various other port duties some of which may be of a physical nature and may include working at height.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.
To provide an effective & efficient cargo lashing service delivered to specific customer requirements and in line with Company quality processes.
Southampton Stevedores
Customer complaints / praise
Attendance & Time Keeping
Overall performance and attitude
About you:
You will be a real team player, eager to get stuck in to this exciting and fast-paced industry and work hard.
  • Vehicle driving and other duties associated with vessel loading / discharge operations.
  • Monitoring and maintaining work practices with particular focus on Health & Safety.
  • Ensure customer and manufacturers requirements are maintained on both quality and standards.
  • Keep updated on light / heavy lashing standards as required.
  • Support your Leading Hand and the Management Team in achieving operational key performance indicators.
  • When required, participate in the investigation of accidents, training programmes and the achievement of Health &
  • Safety performance targets.
  • Full, clean driving licence
  • Flexible approach to work due to annualised hours working arrangements.
  • Previous experience;
    • Mooring vessels
    • Vehicle lashing and securing
    • Vehicle handling
    • Fork lift truck driving
    • Stock control
  • Previous experience within a manual based role

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For more information and to apply, click on the title.  4 results match!
TitleLocationSalaryClosing Date
9012 Accounting Technician Felixstowe Circa £21,000 per annum 28 Aug 2018 23:55 BST 
9014 Police Constable Felixstowe circa £30,000 plus benefits 7 Sep 2018 23:55 BST 
9015 Operations Support Co-ordinator - Planning Harwich Circa £30,000 - £32,000 14 Sep 2018 23:55 BST 
0004 Port Operatives Felixstowe circa £28,500 including bonus and shift pay 14 May 2019 23:55 BST 


Container Division

circa £28,500 including bonus and shift pay

The Port of Felixstowe is Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe. The port handles over 4 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and welcomes over 4,000 ships each year, including the largest container vessels afloat today. 
Container Operations is our core business where we receive vessels and load and discharge containers. We also offer our customers excellent Rail Operations, Examination facilities and Roll-On, Roll-Off facility. 
To support the continued growth of the business we are looking to recruit a number of Port Operatives to drive our internal movement vehicles (IMV) transporting containers to different areas across the Port. As a 24hr/7 day operation we are looking to increase our resource to service the peaks and troughs we experience as a business. Please see the attached advert and job description for more information and click on the links below to have a 360 tour of the Port of Felixstowe:
Please note that applicants must be aged 19 years and over at the point of application and hold a full UK valid driving licence. Experience of working shifts and holding a valid HGV licence is advantageous, however, is not necessary. 
Please note that, due to the high volume of applications for this role, it can take some time for us to process your application.