Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for stevedores varies depending on the employer.

  • Stevedores starting out usually earn between $45,000 and $55,000 a year.
  • With two to three years' experience, they can earn up to $60,000.
  • Those in supervisory roles can earn up to $90,000.
  • Source : Tranzqual ITO, Frequently Asked Questions, 2011 (now part of MITO).

    What you will do

    Stevedores may do some or all of the following :

  • load and unload boats
  • operate heavy vehicles and machinery, such as straddle carriers, fork-lifts and ships' cranes, to load and unload cargo from trucks, ships and rail transport services
  • position goods in the holds of ships
  • secure cargo on ships using braces to hold it in place
  • carry out safety checks on equipment
  • secure and release mooring lines of ships
  • clean out ships' tanks and holds.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Stevedores need to have :

  • knowledge of health and safety procedures
  • skill operating heavy machinery such as straddle carriers, fork-lifts and ships' cranes
  • knowledge of how to handle different types of cargo, particularly containers of dangerous substances
  • knowledge of basic customs and shipping company documents
  • the ability to interpret ship loading plans.
  • Stevedores :

  • often do shift work, so may work early mornings, weekends and nights
  • spend most of their time working outdoors at ports, and in container terminals and the cargo holds of ships
  • work in most weather conditions and around heavy machinery, which can be dangerous at times
  • may have to travel to other ports for work.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a stevedore as you gain skills on the job. However, employers usually prefer you to have a driver's licence because most jobs on wharves involve driving vehicles.

    A Class 2 (heavy vehicle) driver's licence with an F endorsement (allowing the vehicle to be driven on public roads) is the minimum needed to drive heavy vehicles such as straddle carriers and large fork-lifts.

    Some employers may require you to pass a medical test.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements for becoming a stevedore, but a minimum of NCEA Level 1 maths and English is recommended.

    Stevedores need to be :

  • adaptable and practical
  • safety conscious
  • able to follow instructions
  • good communicators.
  • Useful experience

    Experience with heavy machinery and vehicles such as fork-lifts, truck and trailer units and track and roller vehicles is useful.

    Knowledge of port and freight industries and work experience at heavy plant facilities is also useful.

    Physical requirements

    Stevedores need to be reasonably fit and healthy. They should have good upper body strength, hearing, eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and balance.

    They should also be comfortable working at heights. They should not have allergies or asthma because conditions can be dusty when dealing with cargo such as fertiliser.

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