Harbour Control Manager

Southampton, Hampshire
Competitive Salary + Benefits
15 Jun 2017
21 Jun 2017
Location Type
Offshore, Shore
Vessel Type
Cruise ships, Ferries
Contract Type

ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Our ports include Immingham, the UK’s busiest port and Southampton, the UK’s leading export port and number one for cars and cruise. The group's other activities include rail terminal operations (Hams Hall Rail Terminal), ship's agency, dredging (UK Dredging Ltd), and marine consultancy (ABPmer). Each port also offers a well-established community of port service providers.

In 2015 ABP and its customers handled 92 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.

Southampton is the UK's number one vehicle handling port, Europe's leading turnaround cruise port and the UK's most productive container port. Operated by DP World Southampton, the terminal is home to the new 500m deepwater quay SCT5, which was purpose built to handle the biggest ships in the world.

A major dredging programme ensures that 15.5m draft vessels - the biggest currently afloat - can access the port on most days of the year.

The port is less than two miles from the M27 and has direct rail links to the main railway network for both freight and passenger trains. The Port of Southampton is served by Southampton International Airport, while Gatwick and Heathrow airports are within easy reach.

The Role:

Reporting to the Harbour Master, the Harbour Control Manager will lead the VTS team in the safe management of the Port of Southampton to provide a safe harbour traffic control service. The successful candidate will manage a VTS team that consists of 5 VTS Watch Managers; 17 VTS Operators / Pilot Desk Operators and 10 Launch Marine Officers and Coxswains.

You have responsibility to review the budget monthly with Management Accountants and should ensure that overtime and additional payments are being managed.

KPI’s consist of weekly on time targets for pilot on boarding, arrival at berth and departure from berth.


  • Assist the Harbour Master in managing and maintaining the Ports Marine Safety Management System including keeping operational manuals up to date.
  • Manage the working hours of the Multi-Purpose Marine Operatives (VTS Operators/Coxswains).
  • Manage time and attendance using the electronic system Protime.
  • Manage and maintain Ofcom licenses.
  • Assist in the Data Centre with operations and planning.
  • Liaise with MCA and other agencies on matters that relate to managing the traffic within the VTS area.
  • Represent ABP at VTS policy steering group.
  • Plan and host media, PR and other visits to VTS.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of Marine events.
  • Undertake the duties and responsibilities of running the VTS Centre and ensuring that both legislation and training is complied with. Cover in VTS when required.
  • Manage and maintain publications and documents relating to the running of the VTS service, including publishing local notice to mariners.
  • Plan and evaluate VTS exercises including table top to improve services and procedures.
  • Responsibility for the maintenance of VTS equipment.
  • Ensure that all future vessel calls, with special reference to Passenger Vessel’s, are suitable for the Port of Southampton and the allocated berth with due regard to vessels configuration, safe access and vessel positioning.
  • Issue Boat/Boatman’s licenses as required and by examination if necessary.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the Companies ‘Passenger vessel bookings master list’, with regard to future bookings and berth allocation.

Skills and Experience


  • Understanding of SSOW and RA systems and delivery of Port Safety Management
  • Demonstrable ability to lead teams through continuous improvement and change.
  • Knowledge of hydrographic survey management
  • Knowledge and experience of Harbour Conservancy and Licensing Management
  • Experience of local dredge management
  • Experience in VTS with up to V103/4 certification
  • Knowledge and experience of enforcing harbour powers
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the PMSC and its requirements.
  • Experience in incident reporting and management.
  • Knowledge of towage operations.
  • Understanding and experience in managing contractors.
  • Knowledge of dangerous cargo goods and procedures
  • Understanding and knowledge of budget management


  • Ability to use VHF
  • Basic knowledge of ship manoeuvring
  • Knowledge of shipboard emergency procedures
  • Knowledge of port river incident response
  • Oil Spill certification
  • Port Explosives Facility Security Management
  • Radiation Security Management

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.

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