A video released by the Ports of Auckland shows Tony Gibson, CEO of the Port of Auckland, discussing the challenges and upcoming plans for the port in the next three months of 2015.
In the video, he articulates how the port must continue to be productive and make the most efficient use of the land it has.
He also tells of how his team are looking into the use of robotics technology, in the form of straddle carriers, and will be holding a consultation with stuff to evaluate the appropriateness of the move.
According to a company press release, unions were previously advised that automation was being investigated and staff are now being consulted. Consultation will take around six weeks.
A scoping study to produce a detailed proposal for partial automation will also be carried out and will take about three months.
After gathering all the information needed for scoping study, a decision will be made in early 2016, following a second round of consultation.
(Source: Ports of Auckland)