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Deckhand (Southampton Patrol)

Date: 09-Jun-2021

Location: 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.




The Role:  Deckhand



A multi-skilled marine role crewing the Port’s Pilot launches as Southampton Patrol 2nd Coxswain.  Assist the Coxswain / Marine Officer in meeting the requirements of the Port’s launch service and the statutory duties of the Harbour Authority.



  • Assist the Coxswain/Marine Officer 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 Marine Officer.
  • Assist the Coxswain/Marine Officer 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 enter into defects log as well as report to the Coxswain/Marine Officer.
  • Ensure pilot ladders appear in good condition and are clear of any fault prior to allowing pilots to embark/disembark.
  • Ensure all working equipment and lifesaving appliances are maintained in a good 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.
  • Ensure correct oil levels 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 to this exciting and fast-paced industry and work hard. The key to success in this role is communication, it is essential that you can use your initiative and be proactive particularly when making decisions.


Skills, Experience & Qualifications



  • RYA Powerboat L2
  • Working knowledge of Central and Eastern Solent and Southampton Water.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and previous experience of dealing with public.
  • Ability to be a team player.
  • Willingness to progress within the Marine department


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.