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Loads and unloads cargo from ships and controls and guides passengers and their vehicles as they pass through the port.
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Stevedores load and unload cargo from ships. They control and guide passengers and their vehicles as they pass through the port.
In marine work they deal with everything at the port. A stevedore uses forklift trucks and cranes. On roll-on/roll-off ferries, operatives drive the vehicles that carry trailers on and off the ships.
On container ships, dockside cranes or the ship's own lifting gear is used to load and unload containers.
Operatives also use lorries and other vehicles to transport cargo from the quayside to outdoor storage areas.
Port operatives normally work a 40-hour week, in eight-hour shift patterns. Work is outdoors, in all weathers, but you may spend some time inside in the ship's hold or in cargo storage, which may be hot and cramped.
The work can be strenuous with plenty of lifting and bending. You may have to work at heights. Some cargoes can be dusty, dirty or oily, or produce unpleasant smells or fumes.
As a Port Operative you will need:
There are no formal entry requirements, but applicants will need to pass a medical examination.
The minimum age for entry is usually 21.
Although any driving involved will not be on public roads, most employers will require applicants to possess a driving licence in order to demonstrate good levels of driving skill. Experience of driving cranes, forklift trucks or lorries is often an advantage.
Some engineering skills could be useful for carrying out basic maintenance work around the docks.
Ref. Irish Maritime Development Office
Last Updated: April, 2015
|Organisation:||IMDO – Irish Maritime Development Office|
|Address:||Wilton Park House, Wilton Place D02 NT99, Dublin 2, Ireland|