Mark Rowley

Dunedin Bulk Port Manager

Mark Rowley How long have you been at Port Otago?
Since June 2018 – initially as Dunedin Depot Supervisor, before taking up this position in March 2019.

What does your role involve?
Dunedin Bulk Port is made up of two cold stores operating at -23 degrees; four wharves servicing fish, logs, cruise, oil, fertiliser and cement. We are a small team – an administrator, supervisor and four skilled forklift operators. The majority of our work is discharging the fishing boats and storing the product. We operate across two sites, managing storage and dispatching product in containers for overseas markets to fulfil our clients' orders.

What does a typical day look like?
It starts at 7am with a team meeting to discuss what's on for the day – vessel discharge or packing out containers – then we're into it. While I spend a fair chunk of the day at my desk, I do enjoy the opportunity to get outside and interact with the team, speaking with stevedores, provedores (provide stores and supplies to ships) and contractors working onsite.

What about health and safety?
It's a demanding environment, working in the cool stores, and we are always looking at how we can work safer. We've come a long way and it's great to work for a company that's so invested in safety. Our policy is Zero Harm and I enjoy the company's passion and drive for health and safety.

What did you do before you came to Port Otago?
I've worked as a project manager, installation manager, warehouse manager and team leader at Fisher and Paykel in Mosgiel.

What's the best part of your job?
I work with a great team of people. It's a busy environment, dealing with a lots of daily challenges