A straddle carrier is vehicle for use in port terminals and intermodal yards which is used for stacking and moving containers. Straddle carrier operators pick and carry containers while straddling their load and connecting to the top lifting points via a container spreader. These machines have the ability to stack containers up to 4 high and are capable of relatively low speeds (up to 30 km/h) with a laden container. The workers that use this machinery sit at the very top, facing the middle to see behind and in front of them. Straddle carriers can lift up to 60 tons which equals up to 2 full containers.
Typically a straddle carrier operator moves levers or controls that operate the straddle carrier to safely move containers around the port facility to ensure timely loading/unloading.
In addition to extensive prior experience with other crane operations, Straddle Carrier Operators will commonly have completed an Operate specialised load shifting equipment unit of competency which is part of the Certificate II in Stevedoring Operations up to a Certificate IV in Stevedoring Operations.
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