Meet Kevin Draper, DAN Shipping’s Port Agent, as he gives us a little insight into his day-to-day life at work!  

Kevin’s role as Port Agent acts as if he is a member of the crew on board the vessel. His role is high maintenance, maintaining a high quality of service for all vessel operations that The Maritime Division of John Good Group completes.  

It’s crucial as a Port Agent to be aware of everything that’s going on as any mistake or inefficiency on the port can be a great cost. Kevin saves both money and time in his role for the Maritime Division.  


Have a read below to see what Kevin does on a day-to-day basis as a Port Agent… 


Typically, I am in the office between 6:30 am and 7:30 am from Monday to Friday and I will start a little later at the weekend. My first and most important task is setting up my desk with my laptop and making my decaf coffee!  

My daily hours of work can range from 8 hours up to 15 hours, subject to the number of vessels under our agency at that time and the specific requirements a vessel has. I must say as well, these times don’t include my time working at home as the maritime division never sleeps.  

Other than my scheduled meetings, I don’t have a set go to plan for the day, other than answering all emails in a timely manner, the first message of the day gets an answer first, unless it is anything urgently required.  

Sometimes I may have to visit the port at any time of the day or board a vessel when they arrive in port or when a master may require us to visit a vessel.  

After a busy day, I can finish anywhere between 15:00 pm and 18:00 pm, then it’s either down to the docks or straight home…where of course I will have my phone on loud and at hand.