Pilot / Assistant Harbour Master

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: AUG20210693

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£65,062 - £69,074 Per Annum

Closing date

30 September 2021

Salary of up to £69,074


The Port

Owned and operated by Portsmouth City Council, the Port has grown extensively over the decades. Initially it offered just one route to France from a small section of reclaimed harbour front. It is now known as Britain’s Best Connected Port with more destinations than any other UK Port. The Port’s location on the M275, with fast road connections to London, make for a hassle free start to a holiday.

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.


Your New Role

You will undertake marine pilotage as an authorised pilot of Portsmouth Competent Harbour Authority (CHA). You will contribute fully to the safe and efficient running of the pilotage service and undertake Port related practical and administrative duties consistent with the role of Assistant Harbour Master. This will also involve assisting in the operational management of Portsmouth International Port (PIP) and assisting / deputising for the Harbour Master as required whilst on duty. Pilots work a 2 weeks on/off roster pattern, but may be expected to cover leave or occasional busy periods on the 2 weeks off. Additional annual leave is offered above the rostered time off.

What you’ll need to succeed

You should hold a STCW II/2 Master/Chief Mate (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency or equivalent, or an existing pilotage authorisation from Portsmouth or other district, or Royal Navy Officers also welcomed with FNO/SPEC(N) qualifications. You will have a ship-handling experience in pilotage waters including pilotage and berthing. You will hold a GMDSS certificate, a VHF short range certificate, an ENG1 Seafarer’s Medical certificate and an appropriate level of fitness. You will be able to demonstrate your experience in ECDIS, ship to ship and ship to shore communications, and the maintenance of navigational charts / publications. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of the Pilotage Act 1987, Merchant Shipping regulations and the Oil Pollution Preparedness Response regulations. To read the full requirements please see the attached job profile. 


What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation such as a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.

Please ensure to complete the application fully and add in comments to the Personal Statement section which address the requirements listed in the job profile. 

We look forward to speaking with you soon.


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