Gary - Vessel Planner
Q: What do you do as a Vessel Planner?
A: My role involves planning the discharging and loading of vessels as well as consolidating load lists from shipping lines. I work closely with Shift Managers and Supervisors to maximise labour and crane resources efficiently. I also work with vessel Chief Officers to get approval on load plans before work begins.
Q: How do you think planning in this industry differs from others?
A: It's a unique position as I deal with a range of customers, shipping lines and the New Zealand Customs Service. I also get to meet people from different countries daily when I visit vessels. Our department also work in shifts 24/7, 365 days a year.
Q: What's been a highlight for you working at the port?
A: It's hard to pick just one but standouts include finding a WWI memorial in Shed 51 and seeing it get re-erected in the city, organising a container full of goods to ship to Christchurch during the 2011 earthquake relief, the Rugby World Cup celebrations on Captain Cook and chasing a runaway elephant on Bledisloe wharf!
Q: What makes you proud to be part of the Ports of Auckland?
A: Our staff have a great attitude, always striving to better our results and performance. We've received some international and national recognition lately which make me really proud.
Q: How has the port changed since you started?
A: I started with the Auckland Harbour Board as a shed keeper, in charge of break bulk mostly. In the 80s and 90s container ships would stay for a week, where as now we can exchange hundreds of containers in a matter of hours. We now handle close to one million TEU - much more than 200,000 20 to 30 years ago. I work with a lot more technology now - we've come a long way since pen and paper!