Five minutes with…
Maritime Transport Ltd
How did you find yourself in the role of a transport planner?
My uncle works at Maritime and was a Contract Manager for several years before working his way through the ranks. After seeing how well he was doing and how passionate he was about his role and the industry, I joined Maritime straight from school. I’m still enjoying my role eight years later and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given.
What does a ‘normal’ day look like for you?
A normal day for me is busy to say the very least! With around 2,500 drivers that deliver over 19,500 loads per week, our operations department is constantly on the go. A large part of my role involves carrying out administration tasks with traffic sheets and communicating with drivers, suppliers, and customers. The days tend to fly by without even realising it but it’s always an added bonus if you can get through them without any issues! Whether it’s delays at a collection site, work cancelling, or traffic, there’s always something to keep you busy at Maritime. Every day brings something new; as a traffic planner, you will always come across new challenges, but that’s what keeps you motivated.
How important is technology in your role?
Technology is very important in our roles; without it, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish half of what we do. I’m old-school and like to manually write out traffic sheets, however, there are a number of operators who prefer to use Excel. Our traffic views through TOPS, the transport management system we use, is brilliant as it provides complete transparency of all the work we fulfil via one system which is accessible across our entire network. Even the tracking of our fleet saves time as the systems we utilise allow us to see where our vehicles are in real-time.
With the logistics sector keeping the country moving, how does Maritime ensure its drivers’ well-being?
We continue to make the health, safety, and security of our drivers a priority, and have an excellent driver administration team at each of our depots to ensure this. With regular contact and welfare checks, state-of-the-art equipment, and an ample supply of PPE and COVID hygiene equipment, we do all we can to keep our drivers safe during these challenging times. Training and development is also a key focus area at Maritime, and we operate an innovative in-house driver training programme each year that incorporates the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. This ensures our drivers are further-equipped to operate as safely as possible on the road.
Tell us something about you that your colleagues don’t know?
Like many, I had to cancel plans in 2020 and plans for this year. I was due to get married this March but my partner and I have had to rearrange and push it back until next March. Thankfully, there weren’t too many tears from the other half and now we are looking forward to putting COVID behind us!