Random drug tests are being carried out at Port Chalmers, New Zealand’s most southerly major port, after five people handling heavy machinery tested positive for methamphetamine use over the past three months. The five people have been dismissed.
“These are team members driving 60-tonne straddles. Their levels have been impaired. Driving a 60-tonne machine, taking a Class A drug, clearly that is serious misconduct,” the port’s chief executive, Kevin Winders, told the local Otago Daily Times.
Port Chalmers is located to the northeast of Dunedin on New Zealand’s south island and handles logs, containers and a growing stream of cruiseships.