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40TH ANNIVERSARY PORT INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE HEADS TO NELSON
Posted on 17/08/2018
Port Nelson was pleased to welcome the 40th anniversary Port Industry Association Conference on August 15th & 16th to the Nelson Tasman region. The special anniversary edition attracted 60 delegates from ports, stevedoring and container depot and servicing companies across the country. Focused around workforce development, innovation and technology, attendees enjoyed a two-day itinerary of regional excursions, activities and a speaker line-up featuring industry experts and innovators.
Delegates spent day one visiting major contributors to the regional economy. As the largest fishing port in the Southern Hemisphere, the first visit was to the Sealord processing plant followed by rare behind the scenes tours of Hops New Zealand, which exports over 90% of its hops, and Nelson Pine Industries, New Zealand’s largest MDF and LVL producer and exporter.
Keynote speaker, Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford addressed the delegation at the conference dinner outlining current and future opportunities for Maritime New Zealand, intermodal transport networks and emphasizing safety as a non-negotiable in all aspects of Port operations. Lifetime association member Don Howard, Managing Director, Independent Stevedoring was acknowledged during the proceedings and spoke of the significant changes the ports and stevedoring industry have seen over the last four decades.
Following the conclusion of the Association’s 40th Annual General Meeting as chaired by Johnathan Hulme, the conference kicked off with fatigue specialist Dr Matthew Thomas who stimulated in depth discussion on a topic very pertinent to the 24hour industry. Wellbeing representatives from Southern Cross Health Society presented on the importance of, and how to maintain a healthy workforce, followed by an interactive demonstration of the newly launched WorkSafe Ports Tool and a presentation by safety app innovator Duncan Faulkner, Founder & CEO, www.auditz.io.
The Port Industry Association represents companies involved in stevedoring activities throughout New Zealand ports. Its membership includes virtually all independent stevedoring companies, container depot and servicing companies and those port companies that have direct involvement in stevedoring activities. The organisation has a strong commitment to training, improving safety standards and safe operational processes. The 41st Annual Conference will be held in August 2019, hosted by Port Otago.