Berthing Officer

Date: 8 Jul 2024

Location: Southampton, Southampton, 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Are you looking for an exciting career opportunity in the maritime industry?

If so, we have the perfect role for you! We are currently seeking highly flexible and multi-skilled Berthing Officer to join our dynamic team in Southampton.

ABP is dedicated to managing and coordinating vessel movements in some of the busiest ports and waterways in the UK, and Southampton is no exception. You will also be required to act as the Harbour master’s representative within the Port estate and ensure ABP’s interests are safeguarded.

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.

 

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 with 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.

 

Accountabilities

  • Work as part of a 24/7/365 watch routine to ensure all vessels are planned and positioned in a correct and safe manner to best meet our customers’ needs, whilst carrying out the Harbour master’s function landside.
  • Ensuring compliance with health, safety and environment policies and procedures at all times.
  • Manage all day-to-day marine operations within the Port of Southampton, whilst ensuring customers are aware of expectations and limitations on berth use and availability, by means of negotiation, direction and/or records as required.
  • Plan and attend all possible arrivals, departures, and movements of ships in the Port, communicating all necessary information to pilots, tugs, VTS and agents as required.
  • In the absence of the Marine Planning Manager, act in his capacity at meetings and discussions with other ABP Departments and customers as required.
  • Issue instructions to Port Duty Managers and Port Planning to ensure customer expectations and vessel requirements are met, having due regard to Health & Safety.
  • Attend emergencies and exercises as a representative of the Harbour Master as requested by a HM Delegate.
  • Ensure statutory regulations and Port Byelaws are complied with, along with managing marine landside concerns with regards to waste, obstruction, and general housekeeping.
  • Any other duties that may be deemed to be within your capabilities.

Skills, experiences, qualifications & competencies

Essential:

  • Ability to use VHF Radio
  • Maritime background or commercial port experience.
  • Knowledge of risk assessments and SSOW.
  • Clear, concise communicator with the ability to liaise with personnel and outside bodies at all levels.
  • Control costs by ensuring the Port’s berths, facilities and resources are best managed effectively and efficiently.
  • The ability to work as part of a team but also using own initiative to take command of situations effectively, efficiently, and calmly.
  • Must be able to demonstrate good decision-making skills.

Ability to work a shift pattern and be flexible with regards to working duties and hours.

Ideal:

  • V-103 qualification, COC (Deck) / MOD equivalent, or willingness to gain V-103.
  • Basic knowledge of Harbour regulations
  • Knowledge of berthing operations
  • Knowledge of manual handling
  • Awareness of port security and the environment
  • Good working knowledge of the Central and Eastern Solent, as well as Southampton Water

 

 

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.