Matt - Operational Performance Coach
Q: How long have you been working at the port?
A: I began working at the port in March 2007 as a part time stevedore and I became an OPC (Operational Performance Coach) in April 2009. I'd previously worked at the Port of Hull in the UK for 10 years where I was also based in their training department.
Q: What does work as an Operational Performance Coach entail?
A: I'm mostly responsible for the training and continued coaching of straddle carrier operators but my role is quite diverse as I'm also involved in health and safety and various operational projects.
Q: What's a straddle carrier and what are they like to drive?
A: Straddle carriers are cool! They are the tall yellow machines that carry the containers around the port. A straddle weighs 72 tonnes and can carry a further 60 tonnes, travelling at a top speed of 25kmph. The driver sits 13 meters high in the air, so you need a good head for heights, but the view from the office window is second to none!
Q: Do you have a favourite memory to date from working at the port?
A: I was lucky enough to be asked to choreograph and manage a 'straddle dance' as part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup opening ceremony which was broadcast live worldwide. It was quite nerve wrecking but also a great chance to showcase the port and it's expert operators. Day to day, I love the diversity of the people who work here.
Q: If you weren't working at the port as an OPC, how else would you fill your time?
A: I would be playing in central midfield and helping Hull City win promotion to the English Premier League!