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Divisional Harbour Master - North West

  • Post Date:25th October 2021
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  • Rank Master
    Vessel Type Tugs
    Location Type Shortsea
  • Offered Salary Negotiable
Job Description

Here at ABP we are currently recruiting for a Divisional Harbour Master to manage the marine operations across our four North West ports Garston, Fleetwood, Silloth, and Barrow.

Reporting into the Acting Divisional Port Manager, the Divisional Harbour Master position is an exciting new role that has been created and is critical in ensuring our North West marine function is best placed to help deliver ABP’s strategy. This role will be working with peers in all functions to ensure successful delivery of the business plan and company standards and behaviours.

As Divisional Harbour Master you will head up all the statutory and competent harbour authority responsibilities, ISO & HSE standards. You will also need to be a great leader with excellent communication skills. Your team will consist of highly skilled and dedicated Marine professionals in all four Ports.

You will be accountable for delivering marine plans, including KPI and developing continuous improvement of team performance, pilotage, safe systems of work and health and safety.

We are looking for candidates with in-depth experience of pilotage and extensive knowledge of the marine/ports industry, along with a commercial outlook.

For this role you will need be based in or around Barrow in Furness. There will be the need for regular travel and engagement between the ports.

For this role we are offering a competitive salary and great benefits including a car allowance, private healthcare and a great pension scheme. Relocation packages may be considered for the right candidate.


  • Assist and support all North West Marine roles in co-ordinating all Marine Operations safely, efficiently and in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and ABP Risk Assessment and safety policy
  • Act in the capacity of Harbour Master in accordance with the terms of the appropriate regulating legislation.
  • Assist with the management of the Port Emergency, Waste, O.P.R.C. Flood Contingency and Business Continuity Plans whilst limiting and improving environmental impact
  • Manage and lead the North West Marine Team to drive business professionally and successfully, encouraging development and open communication. You must manage all aspects of people from absence, employee relations, concerns, engagement, communication and more.
  • Monitor and manage the implementation of the Marine Safety Management System in accordance with the requirements of the Port Marine Safety Code.
  • Advise the Divisional Port Manager and line management on matters of Compliance, H&S & ISPS by keeping abreast of changes in legislation & codes of practice and security requirements which may impact on ABP.
  • Produces outstanding results both professionally and personally by directing and overseeing all Port services in accordance with strategic objectives. Effectively plans, budgets, tracks, evaluates and drives business performance.
  • Advise local port management on HSES best practice, benchmarking and performance, including the preparation of relevant metrics/KPIs.
  • Any other Port responsibilities and duties as and when required

Skills, experiences, qualifications and competencies


  • Management Experience within the Port Marine and or, Pilotage industry.
  • Excellent leadership skills including various communicative styles to suit audience and the ability to influence, engage and coach.
  • Thorough Knowledge of the Port Marine Safety Code and relevant marine, harbour, H&S and environment legislation
  • Experience in Health and Safety/Compliance standards and implementation of relevant legislation updates.
  • The ability to balance stakeholder demands with regard to safety and commercial awareness.
  • Competent in IT systems and productivity software.
  • Have a flexible approach to service delivery and working hours, including a willingness to travel within ABP and further afield on ABP Wales and Short Sea Ports business.
  • Full UK driving Licence.


  • UK Harbour Master Certificate, training, qualifications or ability to study and undertake the learning.
  • Experienced in working with marine data sets, computing systems or similar.
  • Ship handling and / or pilotage experience.
  • Sea going experience as Master or C/O.
  • MCA Oil Spill Response Training 4P.
  • UK Harbour Master Certificate or HM diploma, consideration may be given to candidates who have the ability and willingness to study and undertake the learning.
  • Experienced in working with marine data sets, (e.g. hydrographic and AIS) computing systems or similar.
  • Experience / qualification in undertaking marine accident investigations
  • experience and understanding of the hydrographic function
  • Awareness of Conservancy, licensing/ Consenting procedure and dredge management

Please apply as soon as possible. This position closes on 18th November, however we may close earlier if we receive a large volume of candidates.