Assistant Dock Master

Garston, Liverpool
Competitive Salary + Benefits
13 Jul 2017
02 Aug 2017
Location Type
Vessel Type
Land-based, Shore-based
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.

The ABP Short Sea business comprises four regions and eleven ports located on the South, East and West coasts of the United Kingdom, handling around 5 million tonnes every year. The geographical spread ensures that we operate within the context of both regional & national markets, offering a unique mix of facilities.

The Port of Garston, on the north bank of the River Mersey, is seven miles from Liverpool city centre. Its easy links to the M56, M62, and M6 make the port a natural gateway to the industrial heartlands of north-west England and the surrounding counties.

The Role

The Assistant Dock Master will support the Dock Master, ensuring safe navigation within the Statutory Harbour area (including Docks and approaches), through compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code. The successful candidate will also assist with the delivery of a cost effective quality orientated and service driven marine operation. The Assistant Dock Master will be expected to work closely with the Dock Master, and deputise for that person when the Dock Master is not present on the port.

Key aspects of the role include; ensuring marine compliance through implementation of the Port  Marine  Safety  Management  System,  supporting marine contingency planning, operation of the lock  gates,  preventing environmental Incidents,  use of  radio  communications  equipment and safe and efficient management of marine staff.

Please note that whilst the role is primarily based in Garston, you may be required to travel to other ABP locations for work purposes.


  • Implementation of the Port of Garston Marine Safety Management System in accordance with the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC)
  • To ensure the day-to-day safe management of shipping movements,   including operation of lock gates
  • Assist with undertaking and reviewing hydrographic surveys within the Port to ensure dredging requirements are  met
  • Operate radio communications  equipment
  • Implement relevant ABP Safe Systems of Work, Risk Assessments, Policies and Procedures, promoting continuous  improvement
  • Report any defects, unsafe practices, potentially dangerous situations or damages
  • Assist with the management and response to port incidents and emergency situations
  • To ensure that all accidents and incidents are reported and investigated in consultation with the SSP H&S Manager, ensuring  that  reporting requirements comply with the MAIB and  MCA
  • Promote ABP's commitment to protection of the environment by ensuring compliance with all environmental legislative requirements
  • To assist with management of the Marine Team and contractors, including promotion of a team approach through staff engagement and continuous professional development
  • Actively participate in port committee meetings, working groups and implementing ABP initiatives
  • Work in close cooperation with the Commercial Department to ensure maximum utilisation of Port facilities
  • Liaise and maintain good relationships with  stakeholders,  including Customers, Vessels, Agents, Pilots, Local Authorities, Statutory bodies and Government Agencies
  • Deliver the highest standards of customer service, continuous improvement and quality standards

Skills and Experience


  • Relevant sea going qualification (Certificate of Competency) – or a suitable alternative
  • Knowledge of the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) and other relevant legislation including but not limited to safety, security and environmental regulations
  • Full UK driving licence
  • An ethos of exceptional customer service, always seeking to improve quality and service for both internal/external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of ship manoeuvring and shipboard emergency procedures
  • Experience in the use of Safe Systems of Work procedure, and risk assessments
  • Experience of incident reporting and knowledge of marine accident investigation procedures
  • Demonstrable Mooring/unmooring practical skills, and knowledge of towage operations
  • Environmental awareness with regard to port waste and Oil Spill knowledge (completed Level 2p training)
  • Knowledge of dangerous cargo goods and procedures
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Flexible approach to working hours, including a willingness to travel as required on business
  • VHF Operator, RYA or STCW


  • Awareness of the operation of other ABP functions
  • Has completed, or willing to work towards a Harbour Master certificate of competency, or similar
  • Completed Sea Survival training
  • First Aid at Work

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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