Grads and Co-Ops onboard the Debussy and San Francisco!

Last week, our 2019 Graduates and Co-ops were fortunate enough to undertake tours of the Debussy and San Francisco vessels.

As ANL is a supporter of Industry Based Learning, not only for our Graduate/Co-Ops but for all new staff, the HR team prepares a vessel and terminal tour for each team member to give them insight into the scale of ANL’s operations and provide context as to how we run the operational aspects of our business.

For our students, ANL strongly believes in nurturing skillsets and knowledge within the industry and welcomes a new group of individuals every year to gain first-hand experience both in and out of the office environment.

“The vessel tour experience was a fantastic opportunity to see aspects of the shipping industry we don’t get to experience on a day to day basis. From arriving at the port and going through necessary security protocol, to climbing the ladder onto the vessel whilst viewing with awe the sheer size of everything around you. The crew were extremely welcoming and hospitable offering us food and drinks before we began the tour, with the captain coming to personally welcoming us aboard,” said Trade Analysis Graduate, Kane Solomano.

For our 2019 Grads and Co-Ops, the tour began by observing the vessel getting moored, in which they were lucky enough to see the tug boats pulling the vessel in and the mooring team assisting with the operation. While this operation was being executed, a team member from DP World briefed the group about how the terminal operations are planned and carried out. Many of the Grads and Co-Op’s said the sheer size of the terminal and the ship was quite impressive, which granted them greater perspective of the scale at which ANL carries out business.

Once onboard, the group then became familiarized with the equipment on the vessel’s navigation bridge and processes implemented to manoeuvre the vessel safely. Following, they gained an understanding of how the containers are loaded/discharged by the gantry cranes and the equipment used to lash them.

For our Operations Graduate Jasjeet Kukreja, who has previously been out at sea as a Navigation Officer, the experience of being back on a ship meant so much more. “Having experienced both sides of the industry, I can really appreciate how professionals onboard and in office work together to move these massive ships around the world to keep the goods – and the economies - of the countries moving.”

Thanks to our Operations Department and Cargo Services team for arranging both an insightful and beneficial visit for our 2019 Graduates and Co-Ops.