Container Terminal Operative

A key part of container handling is managing the movements of shipping containers within the Port, a role in which many of the current Terminal Management Team have learned their trade. Any new operatives are required to drive specialist high-tech machinery, including straddle carriers, within one of the UK’s busiest container terminals. 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. London Container Terminal has 36 straddle carriers and offers 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.

A new starter would begin with three weeks of one-to-one training in driving the equipment and general Port operations with one of our accredited RTITB trainers. After passing, you will be given full responsibility to work alongside the team on the Terminal.

Straddle Carrier Drivers – It’s like nothing else you have driven in your life’

The below link will take you to a 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 the port team in this very unusual driving role.

Watch the video here: