Director of Marine & Technical Operations

United Kingdom
Competitive salary
26 Jul 2017
27 Aug 2017
Merchant Navy
Location Type
Shore, Shortsea
Vessel Type
Contract Type


Waverley Excursions Ltd requires a Director of Marine & Technical Operations to take responsibility for the safe, efficient and economical operation of the Paddle Steamer Waverley.

This role requires a person with previous ship management experience and ideally someone with small ship/plant and steam experience. They should also have an understanding of all MCA / EU legislation and a working knowledge of the application of Safety Management Systems. They should be qualified Chief Engineer or Master level.

They will ensure that the company’s Safety Management System is properly implemented and that all Company Safety, pollution prevention, health, welfare and environmental policies are complied with.

They will take responsibility for all technical and engineering matters and ensure that vessel’s PC and exemptions, load line, SMC, and ISPS and all other certificates remain valid whilst the ship is trading.

Position is full time, with presence aboard P.S. Waverley as required. Maintenance works take in Glasgow & Greenock during the winter months.

About Waverley

Paddle Steamer Waverley was built on the Clyde in 1946 and launched in 1947 – to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk during active war service in 1940.

She is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. Since 1974 she has been operated in preservation by a charity and has enjoyed a second career as one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions.

2003 saw the completion of a major restoration project, which returned Waverley to the original 1940s style in which she was built.

Waverley’s main engine is 2100 HP triple expansion diagonal steam engine, driving two steel paddle wheels, each having eight feathering wooden floats.

Steam is generated by two Cochrane Thermax boilers which are fired by oil and controlled by Hamworthy control gear.

In addition Waverley has two Scania generators; steam auxiliary equipment in the main engine room; steam steering gear; a diesel emergency generator; diesel fire pump and an electric fire & bilge pump.

Waverley now sails around the coast of the UK for 5 months of the year, offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with calls at Liverpool & Llandudno.

Since she has been in operational preservation she has been awarded four stars by Visit Scotland, an engineering heritage award, was voted Glasgow’s favourite tourist attraction, starred in a Hollywood film, makes regular appearances on TV, has hosted a number of events for famous personalities as well as carrying over 5 million passengers from over 80 ports around the UK.


If you meet the qualification requirements and wish to find out more or to apply for the position please click on the 'apply' button below to email with your CV and a cover letter.