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Berthing Officer

Date: 15-Jun-2022

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:  Berthing Officer (Port Planner)



A flexible, multi-skilled role, principally as a Berthing Officer but may include additional duties such as VTS Operator (including Data Centre), crewing the Port’s Pilot/Patrol launches as well as to act as the Harbour Master’s representative within the Port estate and ensure ABP’s interests are safeguarded.


Working with the Marine Planning Manager to provide comprehensive planning, correct positioning and thereby the safe operation of all vessels within the Port of Southampton (as multi-user berths), and third-party customers.



  • Work as part of a 24/7 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.
  • Act as an ambassador for Health & Safety, ensuring compliance with health, safety and environment policies and procedures.
  • Under the Marine Planning Manager, 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, whilst ensuring vessels are suitable for the berth allocated.
  • Issue instructions to Assistant Operations Managers and Port Planning to ensure customer expectations. and vessel requirements are met, having due regard to Health & Safety.
  • Ensure statutory regulations and Port Byelaws are complied with, along with managing marine landside concerns with regards to waste, obstruction and general housekeeping.
  • Assist and update PAVIS as required ensuring customers/agents expectations are best managed.
  • Control costs by ensuring the Port’s berths, facilities and resources are best managed effectively and efficiently.



About you:

You will have a maritime background and/or knowledge of the industry, working in a pressurised, dangerous environment should be something you’re comfortable with.  You’ll be a real team player; flexible and eager to get stuck in and work hard. The key to success, however, is communication; it is essential that you can use your initiative and be proactive particularly when making decisions.



Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • 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.
  • 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 regard to working duties and hours.



  • 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.