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Welcome to TechSelect

A scan of technologies to address major health and safety risks across eight significant risk environments at New Zealand ports

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What's TechSelect?
TechSelect is a resource for New Zealand ports to learn about some of the latest technologies being used locally and internationally to address major health and safety risks across eight significant risk environments. 

The resource features technologies that have been applied in ports and other industries with similar dynamic risk environments. These include aviation, construction, energy, forestry, industrial, logistics, manufacturing, military, mining, oil & gas, and waste.

TechSelect has been developed by Callaghan Innovation for Maritime New Zealand and WorkSafe New Zealand. It features technologies researched and reviewed by senior scientists and robotics engineers with specialist knowledge of how this technology is or could be applied at ports throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

A key feature of the resource is its focus on a range of technologies already proven to mitigate and eliminate health and safety risk associated with people and machinery operations in a port environment. 

The resource may be a useful reference for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who is looking at technologies that may be relevant to their work environment. It recognises that further evaluation would be required to comprehensively assess the use of a particular technology for a given operational environment.


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Quickly and easily find information on some of the latest technologies that have been deployed locally and internationally to address major health and safety risks, in ports and other industries.
Save time when learning about new technologies by reviewing summaries of product information and related case studies, and accessing quick links to product websites and brochures.
Exchange relevant examples of technologies and related case studies with others in your organisation, or with industry forums to quickly collaborate on potential opportunities to address key Health and Safety risks.

What’s in scope?

The focus for the technologies researched for this release of the TechSelect is on the following eight risk environments in a port setting:
  • Bulk cargo loading - logs
  • Bulk cargo – break bulk
  • Bulk cargo – flow cargo
  • Container yards
  • Empty container depots
  • Log yards
  • Operations near overhead / gantry cranes
  • Swing loading of containers
These risks were identified by Maritime New Zealand and a tripartite project team as the focus for the initial technology scan, and are based on evidence of known incidents and near misses.

The relevant hazards in scope for this release include Gravity and Mechanical.

Information on specific technologies includes a description of the technology, how it works, key features and quick links to product suppliers and relevant brochures. 

Case studies are also provided where possible for a specific technology, highlighting how the technology has worked in practice.

How does it work?

There are three ways to use TechSelect


Select the option to ‘See the full list of technologies’ - this automatically removes any previous selections and shows a short summary of all the technologies in the database is below the search options.

Search by keyword

If you’re looking for a specific type of technology such as “sensors”, enter this term in the search bar and the items that match the term will automatically be displayed in the List of Technologies below the search options.

Apply search filters

Filter the list of technologies displayed by selecting from a set of predefined search categories. These include various risk environments, types of hazard and risk scenarios that are relevant to the records currently saved in the database. Each technology is categorised to enable users to quickly find solutions that only meet the selected criteria. Multiple options can be selected from a list to widen the search.  

How current is the information?

The database of technologies and case studies was last updated on 16 March 2024.