Industry pays tribute to Secon Carriers founder Maurie Considine


Family, friends and colleagues have shared an outpouring of tributes to container transport icon Maurie Considine, who died on November 26 at the age of 91.

Maurie founded Secon Carriers (now Secon Freight Logistics) in 1969 with his business partner Jim Seide. The name Secon comes from the first two letters of Jim’s surname and the first three of Maurie’s.

“He often said he is most proud of being able to provide employment for over 150 people,” Secon Freight Logistics said in in a statement on the company’s LinkedIn page.

“Maurie was well respected within the logistics industry and will be missed by many.

“We thank Maurie for everything he has done for us, for those before us, and the others that will come after us. As a Secon family, we will miss him dearly.

“Maurie had an incredible life, a competitive spirit, and an overwhelming desire to help others.”

Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) and its alliance companies also offered its deep condolences to the extended Considine family.

“What is remarkable about Secon is the indelible mark that Maurie and his sons, and now his grandchildren, have made on the container transport sector,” CTAA said.

“Terry, Vin, Brendon, Paul and Matthew all entered the business, extending a strong family participation in the industry which continues to this day. Tragically, Terry suddenly passed away in 2014, and we are sure that Maurie is now reunited with his son to look down fondly on the Considine family and their futures.

“It’s an outstanding measure of Maurie and the values that he and his surviving wife, Maureen, impressed on their children and grandchildren, that everybody who has dealt with Secon as a company over the years witnessed such an ethical, decent and hard-working team.”

The commencement of Secon coincided with the first fully containerised vessels calling at Australian ports, and Secon embraced this “new-fangled” shipping trend. Containerisation went on to revolutionise world trade, and Secon Carriers grew with it.

Maurie was also a footballer with the Hawthorn Football Club between 1952 and 1956, and his son Paul followed in that tradition playing for Hawthorn from 1981 to 1985.

“Secon was certainly awash with Hawthorn flags during the football season, and you could always see the Considine family coming from a mile away at football functions in their Brown and Yellow scarves,” added CTAA.

“Vale Maurie Considine … a pioneer in the container transport logistics industry, who built a lasting legacy.”

In August, ASX-listed Silk Logistics Holdings announced it had entered into a binding agreement to acquire Melbourne-based Secon Freight Logistics.

Current CEO Daniel Considine, and other members of the Considine family continue in their existing roles.

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