MMO2 VTS Operator

Southampton, Hampshire
Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits
19 Feb 2018
04 Mar 2018
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Full Time, Permanent Contract

Location – Southampton

Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

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.

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 Role

You will assist the VTS Watch Manager in providing for the safety of navigation within the VTS area. Also when required you will work in the Data Center assisting the VTS Data Center Coordinator in accepting vessel bookings and answering stakeholder/public phone calls.

This is a flexible multi skilled marine role principally as a VTS Operator (including Data Center) with additional duties either as part of the Berthing Office team or alternatively (depending on company requirements) crewing the Ports Pilot/Patrol launches.


  • Surveillance and monitoring of vessels in the VTS area by RADAR, AIS, CCTV and VHF for the purpose of safe navigation and protection of the environment
  • Input information into the ports vessel booking system (Port and Vessel Information System, PAVIS)
  • Accept and amend vessel bookings submitted by AOL
  • Use all appropriate methods of communication to liaise with vessels and agents to obtain information on movements of vessels. To receive and respond to enquiries from port users, officials and other stakeholders
  • Keep the VTSWM fully apprised of unusual or potentially dangerous situations as they develop by proactive monitoring of vessel traffic by radar, AIS and VHF radio
  • Assist the VTSWM in the timely and efficient allocation of pilots to vessels
  • Maintain a close liaison with the Marine Officers to ensure the position of the pilot launches is monitored and the VTSWM is kept advised of the weather and boarding conditions at the various pilot boarding areas
  • Maintain a good understanding of the PUNG, LNTM, Bye Laws and the Pilotage Directions. To inform the VTSWM if such guidelines or directions are not followed
  • Undertake such training as required and directed by the Harbour Control Manager (HCM) to ensure competence is achieved and maintained in accordance with national Standards for VTS personnel
  • Assist the Berthing Officers/MMO1s meeting ship arrivals and movements as required including attending arrival and movements of ships in the docks, communicating all necessary information to Pilots and VTS
  • Assist the Marine Officer in meeting the statutory duties of the Harbour Authority as required including ensuring statutory regulations and port bye laws are complied with including safe access to ships

Skills and Experience


  • V-103 qualification, as well as COC (Deck) / MOD equivalent. Or must be willing to gain V-103 qualification
  • Maritime background or commercial port experience
  • 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. Also flexibility with regards to duties and working hours is essential


  • Working knowledge of the Central, Eastern Solent and Southampton Water would be desirable
  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers 95 Officer Of The Watch Deck Certificate or Ministry of Defence equivalent
  • Global maritime distress and safety system restricted operator certificate
  • Experience or knowledge of berthing ships, moorings and fender moves

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.

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.