Jump on board for a high profile career! Straddle carrier drivers are wanted at port


By Neil Speight

Posted: Thursday, 21st October 2021 7:42 pm


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IN a move to help recruit new members to the team at Port of Tilbury, a new video has been released today (Thursday, 21 October) showing how straddle carrier drivers are a vital part of the operations at the docks' London Container Terminal.

The port has issued the new 'behind the scenes video' which hears from their straddle drivers and trainers about their experiences of driving these 55ft high, 70 tonne machines and showcases the opportunities for people to join to port in this very unusual driving role.

Straddle carriers are used in container ports around the world and are a distinctive piece of machinery which moves containers which arrive by ship and transports them either onto trucks or rail for their onward journey.

The Port of Tilbury has 36 straddle carriers and handles around 300,000 containers each year and there are job opportunities available now for new drivers. The port has a bespoke training programme for new straddle drivers who use the company's new training simulator to help prepare them for this highly skilled role.

Michelle Primrose, Group HR Manager for Forth Ports said: "There are many highly skilled job opportunities at the Port of Tilbury and we wanted to showcase the role of a straddle carrier operative. This is a unique role in the ports industry and we are recruiting for our busy container terminal. Even if you have only ever driven a car before, this could be an exciting opportunity to develop new skills supported by our training and logistics academy."

Asset and Site Director for the Port of Tilbury, Paul Dale, said: "As our port continues to grow, we have lots of exciting job opportunities for people who are seeking a career in logistics. I would encourage anyone interested in working with us to get in touch."

For more about careers at Forth Ports' and current vacancies at the Port of Tilbury, click here.

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