The recent failure of a log trailer lifting chain at Napier Port is a timely reminder that following the correct procedure for using the log gantry can save lives. Footage of the failure can be viewed here, as part of a compilation of four failures - two at Eastland Port and two at Napier Port. Please distribute this video amongst your operators as a reminder of the critical importance of safety.
To ensure all port users go home safely at the end of their workday, those using the trailer lifting gantries at Napier Port must meet the following conditions:
If an operator is not trained in Napier Port’s gantry operating procedure or the trailer chain sling configuration is damaged or not certified, use of the gantry is PROHIBITED.
Exporters and their suppliers MUST ensure trucks being sent to Napier Port comply with the above requirements.
Napier Port will be carrying out random audits. Any non-compliance will result in the operator being banned from using the gantry and may result in the operator being denied future access to Napier Port.
In the event a lifting chain fails, the scene must be frozen and Port Security notified immediately on 06 833 4440
Health and safety inductions
Napier Port health and safety inductions are available twice-weekly:
Tuesdays at 1.15pm
Thursdays at 9:00am
To book, phone 06 833 4436 or 06 833 4317. See the Napier Port map for how to get to the main office.
Training in the gantry procedure can be arranged by calling General Cargo Logistics on 06 833 4486. 24 hours notification is required.
Thank you for your continued support as we strive toward becoming the safest port environment in New Zealand.