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Aerial Drone of NSS @ Work

NSS recently partnered up with SkyDronics to bring you a series of aerial drone videos of just some of the services we offer at NSS.

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Move drone video and other NSS videos can be found over on our YouTube Channel.


The 14th December 2016 marked a special day for NSS as three of our stevedoring employees celebrated 35 years with the company. 

Kevin Larsen, Peter Downey and Shane Henaway notched up these impressive lengths of service and as a token of NSS’s appreciation, they were awarded certificates and a small gift.

Peter Downey
Juliette Sperber (GM) and Peter Downey

Kevin Larsen
Juliette Sperber (GM) and Kevin Larsen

Shane Henaway

Juliette Sperber (GM) and Shane Henaway

Thank you Kevin, Peter and Shane for the part you’ve played in making the company what it is today. Our employees are and always will be our greatest asset and your dedication and efforts have helped us achieve excellence in many areas, and the ability to stand steadfast through the tough times.

35Yrs Service at NSS
From Left: Peter Downey, Juliette Sperber (GM), Kevin Larsen and Shane Henaway

The Christmas period is one of the busiest for animal shelters around the world. The RSPCA Townsville Animal Care Centre finds “furever” homes for more than 2,000 animals a year. All creatures great and small come to their centre in need - whether stray, unwanted, injured, abandoned, neglected, or abused. At present the Townsville Shelter is filled to capacity with hundreds of dogs and cats available for adoption into loving homes.

Every Christmas local businesses, TP Human Capital and Loan Market, hold the RSPCA Foodbank Townsville Xmas Cheer appeal and generously double all food donations kilo for kilo!

This year the NSS team dug deep, with avid animal lovers big-heartedly donating to this caring cause. Over 60kgs worth of dog and cat food, treats, toys, and other luxuries that animals in care are often forced to forego, were raised to help provide animals with the second chance they need!

NSS, Ensuring No-one Misses out this Christmas

Back Left: Kerryn Smith, Adrian Farren, David King, Vannesa Exintaris, Dwayne Brooks, Natalie Dobson, Mitchell Smith Front Left: Wendy Ganly, Karen Norton, Vicki Anziliero

NSS is pleased to announce that it has received external certification of ISO 14001 for its Environmental Management System (‘EMS’).

NSS General Manager Juliette Sperber congratulated the NSS Team on the achievement and said ‘The ISO 14001 accreditation underpins our commitment to the environment, our progressive approach and eagerness to meet and exceed international standards across our regional Queensland operations.’

To date, NSS is the only stevedoring company operating in the Port of Townsville to achieve accreditation for its EMS based on the most recent 2015 International Standard. 14001 CA MARK‘In this industry (stevedoring, transport and logistics) there is significant legislation imposed on service providers from multiple jurisdictions (local, state, federal and international). This legislation is not to be taken lightly and there are serious penalties not only for service providers but also for the companies they are servicing (including company officers on a personal basis). NSS now has a full suite of external accreditations for Quality (ISO 9001), Safety (ISO 4801/18001) and the Environment (ISO 14001) guaranteeing our customers they are in safe hands.’

NSS’s environmental management practices and systems are guided by the principles set out in the company’s Environmental and Sustainability Policies. These policies assist NSS in managing environmental risk and implementing measures to facilitate compliance and improvement in environmental performance. NSS Business Support Manager David King said ‘There has been many key changes to our processes and procedures over the last year which have enabled us to reduce our environmental impacts. Some which include significant improvements to air quality and dust control, waste management and recycling, solar energy and chemical handling processes.’

‘The EMS has assisted in providing structure to environmental management by ensuring a systematic approach to measuring progress and achieving environmental objectives. We are continually looking for ways to improve and benchmark our operations within the industry and achieve best practice.’

Future objectives set out in NSS’s EMS will focus on environmental awareness, energy reduction and further research into dust mitigation measures. NSS reports its activities and environmental performance against licence conditions to regulators.

Great Northern Cleanup 2016
Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) was proud to participate in the annual Great Northern Clean Up 2016 which helped clean up 50 kg of rubbish along the Ross River.  We recognise how important it is to look after our water ways and prevent rubbish from entering the marine environment in which we work.  It was a great opportunity to help the environment and teach our kids about our unique ecosystems. 

There were numerous activities for everyone including a recycling sorting station, face painting and a free breakfast for everyone involved.  There were also nature presentations, water bug identification, birdwatching and kayaking.  NSS received some free native plant species from the Bush Garden Nursery that are compatible with our bio-retention basin and will us help filter the stormwater from our Bulk Handling Facility before being released to the marine environment.

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A NEW break-bulk dawn has come to the Port of Mackay with a new wash-down facility and quarantine approved premises, enabling North Queensland Bulk Ports (NQBP) to cleanse equipment landed at the port destined for mines or other projects.

“The world knows Australia takes its quarantine efforts extremely seriously,” Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

“The new equipment represents a significant upgrade of the level of services the port can offer while ensuring every possible step is taken to maintain high quarantine standards,”

NQBP CEO Steve Lewis said the NSS facilities already had been used to clean a cargo of large mining equipment that had arrived last week.

“This cargo — which we hope is the first of many — represents a significant demonstration of the port’s credentials as a major trade and logistics hub that supports the Mackay region and Bowen Basin and potentially the future Galilee Basin,” Mr Lewis said.

“The break bulk cargo arrived at the Port on the SCL Akwaba on October 19 loaded with around 8000 freight tonnes of mining equipment that is being brought in by mining services company Thiess from its overseas operations, as part of the company’s ongoing process of servicing Bowen Basin mining operations.”

Queensland ports minister Mark Bailey said Mackay had untold potential and underutilised capacity to facilitate growth.

“As part of the strategy to unlock the economic wealth and potential of the port NQBP has negotiated with Northern Stevedoring Services for the installation of a federally-certified wash-down facility and quarantine approved premises within he secure port precinct,” he said.

“With the relevant federal approvals now in place to handle this cargo, it is a wonderful sight to see the facilities in operation washing down heavy equipment bound for use in our region’s resource sector.”

NSS general manager, Juliette Sperber, welcomed the first trade through the facility.

“Our new quarantine wash facility is an exciting development and represents a considerable investment for NSS in Mackay,” she said.

“As a regional Queensland business employing locally, our hope is that NSS’s facility will increase trade through the port and rejuvenate industry in this great region.”

Ian Ackerman - Sydney

During the month of September, Northern Stevedoring Services (“NSS”) proudly participated in the Blue September initiative, which was created to get the message out about cancer in men.  Raising awareness and much needed funds to assist world-class researchers such as Australian Prostate Cancer Research “APCR” and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation “ACRF”, NSS was proud to raise money for equipment needed to improve prevention of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment. 

Blue September urges men to take preventative action by improving lifestyle choices and getting regular check-ups by their general practitioner.  The statistics are devastating: 
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
  • 1 in 4 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85.
  • 50,000+ men are diagnosed with cancer every year, and almost 50% of that are fatal.

Throughout September NSS hosted a number of fundraising initiatives and established an online donations page.  Through their fundraising efforts NSS was eligible to participate in the Bluey the Bear grand prize initiative, whereby for each $1,000.00 raised Blue September would give you a 1-meter-tall blue lovable large teddy to auction/raffle. 

Raising $3,298 NSS was able to raffle off 3 “Bluey’s”; with the winners then passed on to the Blue September Foundation to go into the draw to win a brand new Nissan Micra.  Winners were Ross Brown (pictured right with Juliette Sperber General Manager of NSS), Kathryn Jacobsen and Lindsay Wilson.  The winner of the car was a Mr Philip Allen from Reservoir VIC.

Mr Wilson kindly re-donated Bluey the bear to the Mater Hospital Children’s Ward, where he is now known as Dr. Bluey Wilson MD, used to explain medical procedures to children and there for pre and post op care and cuddles.
Mater Children’s Unit Manager Karen Cribb said she wanted to thank NSS and Mr Wilson for their kind donation.  ``Dr Bluey Wilson would be kept busy helping the nursing staff to explain medical procedures to children and would be there to put smiles on little patient’s faces,’’ she said.

BlueSeptember2Pictured (LtoR): Dr Bluey Wilson’s first patient 16 month old Austin Byrne, Nurse Justine Cheeseman and Juliette Sperber General Manager NSS.