Waterside workers stack, check and secure contents of shipping containers prepared for storage or dispatch.
Duties & Tasks
Waterside workers may perform the following tasks:pack and unpack containers, open and close hatches and secure cargo to prevent it shifting during voyages
clean holds and containers and prepare stevedoring (ship-loading) gear
operate a wide range of light and heavy machinery, including forklifts, skid-steer loaders, front-end loaders and a variety of cranes
perform a wide range of clerical duties such as recording and checking cargo on arrival, storage or dispatch
direct equipment operations using various types of communication systems
moor and unmoor ships on arrival and departure
stack cargo on pallets, trays, flats and slings to facilitate transfer to and from ships
operate and perform minor maintenance checks on forklifts, trucks, front-end loaders and fixed or mobile cranes
act as team leader for a wharf or on-ship work team.
Waterside workers usually work outdoors in ports, container terminals and the holds of ships. They work in most weather conditions, except very strong winds, and may have to work with frozen or dangerous goods, in freezers or in dusty conditions. They usually work shifts involving nights, weekends and public holidays.
enjoy practical and manual activities
able to work in a team
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
capable of lifting and carrying heavy items
good communication and organisational skills
able to follow instructions.