Hundreds of jobs at Patrick’s operations were set to be replaced by robots in an attempt to modernize tasks at Port Botany. A freak storm damaged $1.52 million worth of robots that were supposed to automate wharfies jobs.

The 44 new carriers are set to replace the existing 42 carriers manned by wharfies at the port. When fully functional, Patrick will be laying off 270 of its 511 workers, saving them an estimated $50 million a year.

Majority of the robots which were en route to Australia from Poland were severely damaged, allowing wharfies to keep their jobs – for now.

Read more about this on the Sydney Morning Herald website.