Date: 7 Feb 2024

Location: Lowestoft, Short Sea Ports, 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.




ABP is currently seeking a skilled and experienced Marine Pilot to join our team in Lowestoft. As a Marine Pilot, you will play a critical role in ensuring the safe and efficient navigation of vessels within the port, harbour, and adjacent waters. You will work closely with ship captains, port authorities, and other stakeholders to facilitate the movement of vessels, uphold safety standards, and support the smooth operation of port activities.



  • Discharging the Duties of a Pilot for the Competent Harbour Authority
  • Assist and support the Marine Manager and Assistant Harbour Master in co-ordinating all Marine Operations
  • Assist with Training & Examination of Pilots & PEC holders
  • Liaise with Customers, Local Authorities and Government Agencies
  • Assist in the maintenance of Risk assessments and Safe Systems of Work and ensure all staff are familiar with their requirements
  • Supervise Marine & Bridge staff
  • Monitor Conservancy Functions
  • Assist with the maintenance of the Port Emergency Plans, Marine SMS, associated Procedures and risk management of the Marine functions
  • Assist with the ongoing management, development and training of team members.

Skills, experiences, qualifications and competencies


  • STCW II/2 Certificate of Competency
  • Experience in ship handling on various types of vessels.
  • Knowledge of mandatory, regulatory and safety responsibilities relevant to the main duties
  • A flexible and committed approach to working within a small team that strives to provide a high quality Port and Marine service
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Full UK Driving Licence


  • Pilotage experience desirable
  • Experience as vessel Master
  • Knowledge of Port Operations and Port Emergency Plans
  • BRM Training
  • A current medical fitness certificate, e.g. ENG1

We offer a competitive salary, contributory pension from day one (Starting at 3% employee contribution with 5% company match), private healthcare, access to our Employee Assistance Program, 26 days annual leave   –(a percentage of which is incorporated into the shift pattern). The option to purchase additional days leave. A wide range of discounts and cash back with high street and online retailers. We offer an inclusive work environment with an in-house training academy which offers ongoing opportunities to develop your skills.




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.