Empty Container Handler - London Gateway, Thurrock
Full-time - Permanent (two week shift pattern)
London Gateway, Thurrock

South Coast Port Services (SCPS) has a long tradition of port operations - over six decades. SCPS provide skills and services to operators and other customers at the Port of London Gateway and Southampton. We are proud of our status as the largest contract stevedore in the country and wish to continue to provide a high standard and quality of service and exceed our customers’ expectations.

We are currently seeking to recruit Empty Container Handler Operators - to be based at the port in London Gateway.

This is an industry where all operatives work in a safety critical environment. Health and Safety is of paramount importance.

The port operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This role entails working a two week shift pattern of 5.45am - 12.45pm and 12.15pm - 20.15pm rotated Monday to Friday and every other Saturday 6am - 12pm.

Basic Rate:
£9. 67 per hour, Driver skills payment £2.00 per hour with an additional £2.00 per hour premium working supplement.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Operating an empty container handler to move and stack empty containers.

Directing truck drivers and advising office team of any damages that may occur.

Container inspections.

Checking and grading of all boxes that arrive on site.

Other duties associated with container stacking / un-stacking operations.

Ensuring the timely unloading/loading of vehicles in line with expected turnaround times.

Making sure all shipping line stock is rotated, long stay boxes are loaded first where possible.

Adherence to Company Policies and ensuring the services provided are carried out in a safe, timely and cost effective manner.

Main requirements

  • Current, Full driving licence.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions.
  • Ability to work under pressure and time restraints.
  • Excellent understanding of health and safety.


  • Previous experience in a similar role either working in the docks or operating machinery.
  • Good IT skills and ability to use In-house Systems.

All applicants will go through a selection process to be short listed for an assessment day which will consist of psychometric tests and interview which will be held on Monday 6th November and Tuesday 7th November 2017.

‍‍‍Selected candida‍‍‍tes will receive full training for the position.

Closing Date for all applications is Wednesday 1st November 2017.

How to Apply


Download Application Form


Print and complete the Application form (in Black ink)


Edit and complete the Application Form in Microsoft Word®


Submit your Application form to our Head Office‍‍‍;

By Post:
Please post your completed application form to:
fao. Tracey Coffin
South Coast Port Services Ltd

Canute Chambers,
Ocean Way,
Ocean Village,
Southampton, SO14 3TU

Please email your completed application form to:
[email protected]

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Commercial Enquiries

Call (02380) 237051
Email [email protected]

Canute Chambers
Ocean Way
Southampton SO14 3TU

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London Gateway

Agency Division

Call  (02380) 335966
Email [email protected]

Trafalgar House
Berth 101
Southampton SO15 1HJ

Container Division

Call  (02380) 706441
Fax (02380) 706440

204-207 Western Docks
SO15 1DA

Marine Division

Call (02380) 237051
Email [email protected]

London Gateway Division

Call  (01375) 648344
Fax (02380) 706440

1 London Gateway
Stanford Le Hope
SS17 9DY


Download: scps-application-form-london-gateway_0317.doc