Ports of Auck­land en­ters se­cond phase of con­sul­ta­tion on par­tial au­to­ma­tion pro­posal

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Ports of Auck­land has started a se­cond round of con­sul­ta­tion with staff and unions on a pro­posal to par­tially au­to­mate its con­tainer ter­mi­nal.

The pro­posal would in­volve the use of robotic strad­dle car­ri­ers load­ing and un­load­ing trucks and mov­ing con­tain­ers around the ter­mi­nal. Man­ual op­er­a­tion would be re­tained be­tween the ter­mi­nal and the cranes.

Since the pro­posal was an­nounced in Au­gust 2015, staff and unions have been con­sulted and a scop­ing study has been car­ried out. The con­sul­ta­tion and study have pro­vided more de­tail on how the pro­posal could work, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to safety. Ports of Auck­land has now shared that de­tail with staff and unions, and is seek­ing feed­back.

The se­cond round of con­sul­ta­tion is ex­pected to take five weeks, af­ter which a de­ci­sion on whether or not to pro­ceed will be made.

Should the pro­ject pro­ceed, around 50 steve­dor­ing roles would go. The pro­ject would take around three years to im­ple­ment, over which time we would be able to man­age the re­duc­tion in roles through nor­mal staff turnover and re­tire­ment.

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