What's happening this month at Auckland’s Port  JULY 2016

Oceania's Best Seaport,
on your doorstep
We've recently been voted the Best Seaport in Oceania by our customers at the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. We were the only New Zealand port to be nominated and subsequently the only Kiwi finalist, beating out three Australian ports to win!

Our people work hard, night and day, 365 days a year to make sure that Aucklanders have access to everyday things they need and enjoy. We've made some great progress in the last few years thanks to innovative and creative thinking, helping us to reach some impressive efficiency milestones. 

We're also very proud to let you know that we've been awarded Excellence in People & Culture Creation at the SSON Excellence Awards as well receiving recognition for Gender Diversity in Leadership at the Women in Governance Awards. 
Gary Fraser giving SeePort visitors a tour of the Control and Planning Tower
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!
News in Brief

Celebrating 45 years of containerisation
June 23 marked 45 years since the first container ship called our port. Columbus New Zealand - operated by Columbus Line, part of Hamburg Sud - brought just 1,000 TEU (20-foot container equivalents) with her on her maiden voyage in 1971. The largest ship calling Auckland now can carry over five times that!

Welcoming the outcome of the Port Future Study
We welcomed the outcome of the Port Future Study last week. The Study delivered a consensus that provides us with the certainty needed to continue to meet the needs of Aucklanders and our customers.

That's one big digger!
One of the largest excavators used in New Zealand is currently working away at the end of Fergusson Container Terminal, helping us to build a brand new deep-water container wharf. Check out this article in Contractor Magazine for more.

Doing more with what we've got
We received a shipment of hatch lid platforms last week. These will be assembled on our cranes to hold hatch lids lifted off the ships so that our straddles can drive under them instead of around them. This innovative thinking will win us an extra half hectare of space to operate - a New Zealand first! 
Plan ahead for the School Holidays

Get the family together for a boat tour of the port next school holidays. Our July tours are currently full, but you can book ahead for the September holidays now.

Tuesday, 27 September - 11.00am

Tickets for public port boat tours are just $5 per adult and free for children under the age of 16. Bookings are essential. Please call 360 Discovery on +64 9 307 8005 to book. 
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