In this article, you will learn about the duties of a Durban Stevedore.
A Durban Stevedore is a person that is part of an operation that requires the loading or offloading of cargo from a vessel.
The word “stevedore” originated in Portugal. The term was coined and entered the English vocabulary through its use by sailors. Its Portuguese phonetic spelling is pronounced “estivador” and in Spanish is “estibador”. The meaning, however, is universal in that it means “the man who stuffs” or “the man who loads ships”.
Stevedores across the world are also referred to as Longshoremen, wharfies, or dockers.
Famous stevedores include:
Terry Bollea – better known as “Hulk Hogan”
Danny Greene – American Mobster
Charles Manson – Convicted Murderer
Glenn Theodore Seaborg – Nobel Prize Winner of Literacy 1951
HOW CRITICAL IS THIS TYPE OF SERVICE TO GENERAL INDUSTRY? WHO DOES IT IMPACT ON MOST?
It is averaged that BPO/SACS in the Port of Durban load and discharge approximately:
500 000 tons of bulk / bagged cargo per month
230,000 containers per month
Receives 320 vessels per month
There are 6 stevedore companies working in the Port of Durban and BPO – Durban Stevedores is by far the biggest.
Fatalities are consistent and BPO has had 3 fatalities in 3 years. Durban Stevedores and S.A Container Stevedores are both on an accredited safety system and currently have NOSA Integrated star ratings and ISO 9001:2008 certification.
BPO is also the only company to have it’s own accredited training manuals through TETA, SETA, and MESETA. It also employs it’s own full-time Training Officers.
SOME NEAT FACTS ABOUT YOUR FUTURE AS DURBAN STEVEDORE WORKER…
The Port currently has 59 operational berths, excluding those used by vessel and ship repair. Just off Isipingo Beach, you will see the Crude Oil Tankers hooking up to the SMP where oil is pumped from the tanks next to the old Durban International airport.
There is 302 km of rail track that runs throughout the Port area, with several major marshaling yards situated around Maydon Wharf and the Bay-Head.
The Port and its leaseholders currently employ approx. 50 000 residents of the greater Durban Metropolitan.
Salisbury Island, a former naval base was downgraded in 2002 but still plays host to visiting warships and submarines of foreign and domestic origin.
OPERATIONAL RISKS TO DURBAN STEVEDORES:
Some of the highest risks that affect our operations are:
A large amount of traffic on the quayside (congestion).
Working in close proximity to driven machinery inside the hatch.
Working at heights.
Working under loads.
All Port Operators are legally required to wear Personal Protective Equipment every day so that they are visible to other operators on the quayside and on the vessels. It is also a legal requirement as per the OHS Act.
Durban Stevedore PPE consists of the following items:
CONTI SUIT HELMET
SAFETY SHOES SAFETY GOGGLES
GLOVES REFLECTIVE JACKET
WHY DO WE HAVE TO KEEP THE PORT CLEAN?
- Moral Obligation
- Prevent pollution
- Protection of marine life
- Protection of bird and marine mammal species.
- Protection of the eco-system.
- Contribute to a safe, healthy, working environment.
- Portray a professional image of my employer.