Maritime Container Services mourns founder’s passing

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

Grahame Wright succumbs to health issues after management transition

Maritime Container Services mourns founder’s passing
Grahame Wright turned to mentoring staff


Maritime Container Services (MCS) managing director and founder Grahame Wright has passed away aged 67.

Wright, who established the Sydney transport, storage, handling and shipping repairs company in 1973, died on Sunday.

His son and director, David Wright, says Grahame was an honourable businessman who believed in fostering his staff.

"He operated not just based on a business deal, he had a strong moral compass and was not a man who achieved things by the downfall of others," Wright says.

"The family company that MCS is has strong beliefs in the individual and in the family and every employee and we look to foster and support people as we are not a faceless corporate entity."

Grahame, who has battled leukaemia and kidney issues in recent years, transitioned from his role into mentoring staff, making sure a younger team was set up to take over the company, Wright says.

Wright, together with his brother and director James, says Grahame spent a lot of time passing on his work ethic and knowledge to staff.

"Over the last couple of years, James and I have been involved in the business heavily with the senior management team," Wright says.

"We will obviously miss Grahame’s presence and knowledge and his experience but we have quite a young and dynamic team that have been learning and have been supported by Grahame for quite a number of years so the business won’t suffer in any way."

"I think MCS has a younger and a slightly hungrier team. The company is experiencing very positive growth."

The company celebrated its 40th anniversary last October.

In his speech then, Grahame attributed MCS’s success to its people, Wright says.

"Grahame might have had the idea and been the guy here all along but MCS is about the people in MCS; we have people here that are keen and willing to try hard and put their effort into their jobs and into their life.

"MCS isn’t just down to one person, we may have lost a link in the chain, albeit a large important link, but the chain is still strong."

A service will be held at the Palm Memorial Chapel at North Ryde on Monday at 11.15am.

Grahame leaves behind two children, five grandchildren and wife Lesley.

The company employs over 170 people and is capable of storing 16,500 TEUs.

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