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Date: 12-Jan-2022

Location: Gosport, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




The Role:  Deckhand



To assist the coxswain in meeting the requirements of the Port’s pilotage service and the statutory duties of the Harbour Authority.




  • Assist the coxswain in the launch operation whilst at sea. This will include maintaining a good lookout, reporting any potential concerns, as well as carrying out other navigational duties as directed by the coxswain.
  • Assist the coxswain in conveying authorised persons and pilots, as required by VTS.
  • Ensure the launch is in a safe and seaworthy condition to undertake duties. Check for damage/defects and report as required as well as report to the coxswain.
  • Ensure pilot ladders appear in good condition and are clear of any fault prior to allowing pilots to embark/disembark.
  • Ensure all the launches lifesaving appliances are maintained in a good working condition.
  • Ensure the launch is maintained in a clean condition and any minor maintenance is carried out.
  • Check bilges at regular intervals and pump dry as required. Check integrity of watertight compartments.
  • Maintenance of correct levels oil in gearboxes, main engines and steering gear. Check heat exchanger water levels and fill as required.
  • Fill fuel and water tanks as required.
  • Maintain the pilot station accommodation in a clean and tidy state.
  • Any other duties that may be deemed to be within your capabilities and commensurate with your role. 



About you:

You will be a real team player, eager to get stuck in and work hard.  The key to success is communication, it is essential you can use your initiative and be proactive, particularly when making decisions.



Skills, Experience & Qualifications



  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Willingness to progress within the Marine department
  • Understand and follow safe systems of work.
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.




  • Experience of being at sea.
  • EDH certification.
  • ENG-1 medical certificate.
  • Working knowledge of Central and Eastern Solent.
  • Previous experience working on a pilot launch.
  • Understand the embarkation & disembarkation of Pilots code of safe practice July 2021.


Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.