Date: 13 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.

Are you looking for an exciting career opportunity in the maritime industry? Do you have a passion for ensuring the safe and efficient movement of vessels in busy waterways? If so, we have the perfect role for you! We are currently seeking a highly motivated and skilled Vessel Traffic Services 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. With cutting-edge technology and a strong commitment to safety, we play a critical role in maintaining the smooth flow of maritime traffic and ensuring the protection of the environment.



  • Assist the AHM (VTS) in timely, safe and efficient allocation of Pilots to vessels.
  • Maintain a close liaison with the Launch Coxswain & Marine Officers ensuring the position of the Pilot launches is monitored and the AHM is kept advised of the weather and boarding conditions at the various Pilot boarding areas.
  • Maintain close liaison Pilot taxi operators.
  • Maintain a good understanding of the Port Regulations and Pilotage Directions.
  • To use all appropriate methods of communication to liaise with vessels and agents to obtain information on movements of vessels.
  • Receive and respond to enquiries from Port users, officials and other stakeholders.
  • Surveillance and monitoring of vessels in the VTS area by Radar, AIS, CCTV and VHF radio for the purpose of safe navigation and protection of the environment.
  • To keep the Port Management Information System with relevant agent’s interface.
  • Maintain Marine records
  • Any other duties that may be deemed to be within your capabilities.


Skills, experiences, qualifications & competencies


  • A dynamic flexible individual with ability in regards multi-tasking.
  • STCW II/1 OOW (Deck) / Master (less than 500 GT) Near Coastal / Royal Navy Navigation Watch Certificate or acceptable equivalent. An extensive list of acceptable marine qualifications can be found in MIN 692
  • Excellent IT administration skills. 
  • Clear, concise communicator with ability to liaise with personnel and outside bodies at all levels.
  • Able to work as part of a team but also using own initiative to take command of situations effectively, efficiently and calmly.
  • Demonstrate good decision-making skills.
  • Willingness to work a shift pattern and flexibility with regards to duties and working hours is essential.
  • Willingness to work a 4 on 4 off (Days) shift pattern with flexibility required to cover day work and nights as and when required. Or fixed rostered shift pattern 4 on 4 off (2 days, 2 nights, 4 off)


  • Current V-103 qualifications C0103-1 & C0103-3.
  • Working knowledge of the Central, Eastern Solent and Southampton Water.

Global maritime distress and safety system restricted operator certificate


Additional Information:

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.