Ports and Logistics

Ports of Auckland chief executive resigns

Under pressure Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson resigned today. He had been facing calls to quit over the port’s recent safety record.

After three deaths linked to the port – two staff in work accidents, and a member of the public swimming in the harbour – the ports’ owners Auckland Council commissioned an independent report into the ports’ health and safety record and processes.

The report found Ports of Auckland had “systemic problems” in relation to critical health and safety risk management, and “significant improvement” was needed.

Gibson will leave his post at New Zealand’s largest port next month.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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