Assists in ensuring the safe transit and handling of vessels into and out of the port
As an island nation over 95% of trade by volume goes by ship through over 100 ports around the United Kingdom. UK ports employ around 118,000 people across a wide range of port types and activities; from container and bulk cargo ports to passenger terminals to leisure and marinas.
The port marine operations team assists in ensuring the safe transit and handling of vessels into and out of the port. A Port Marine Operations Officer may work as a leader or member of a port/harbour marine operations team and may be involved in: berthing of vessels, port control and marine services, operation of harbours and marinas, conservancy, environmental protection, statutory compliance and operation of harbour marine craft within the Harbour Authority area of jurisdiction. This is a highly responsible position with a key contribution to the safe and efficient operation of the harbour. The role may involve shift working and working in all environments.
Port Operation Officer apprenticeship is designed to give those interested in working in a marine environment the opportunity to learn about shipping and port operations, while working for a port operator. The apprenticeship is designed to give hands-on training in all aspects of port marine operations such as lock and dock operations, mooring boat operations, health and safety task within a port operation, radio room and marine control centre operations as well as role and responsibilities of Berthing Master, Dock Masters and deputies, Harbour Masters and their assistants.
This apprenticeship could lead to specialist and senior roles within the port industry including but not limited to: Berthing Masters, port management, Assistant Harbour Master, Assistant Dock Masters, Hydrographer, Vessel Traffic Services.
This apprenticeship will require rigorous and substantial training, typically of around 24 – 30 months, depending on experience and qualifications at entry.
safely steer, manoeuvre, navigate and crew different types of marine craft, such as: pilot boats, work boats, survey boats, etc.
conduct marine craft operations including basic towage, personnel transfer and recovery, hydrographic surveying, etc. in line with port specific guidelines
respond to fire and emergencies including on board vessels and use emergency equipment including oil spill response
administer basic first aid at work
lead, manage and engage with colleagues and others including, emergency services and other stakeholders in all marine activities within a port; take control of a situation, deliver reliable and dependable results in work outputs, quality, work ethics and self-development, as well as encouraging and supporting the development of others
safely moor and unmoor vessels of a range of type and size
safely handle loads manually and mechanically, including mooring lines, cargo, stores,e tc.
demonstrate personal water safety around the harbour and sea survival skills
communicate clearly and use communications equipment including VHF radio
operate within health, safety and security systems and practice these in line with regulation, codes of practice and company policies and procedures
operate navigational systems and equipment such as: compasses, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, radar, Automatic Information Systems, etc.
carry out port marine operations specific to the setting such as leisure, fishing, cargoes, passenger etc.
contribute to the protection of the marine environment including protection of sites of special scientific interest and marine conservation zones
vessel and shore based electronic navigation systems such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems
port specific Information Technology systems, such as vessel booking, traffic management, security systems
hydrographic survey, conservancy (including: buoyage, aids to navigation etc.) and dredging
basic routine maintenance of marine craft and equipment
safe management of vessel operations within harbours
marine meteorology and how to produce and interpret a weather forecast
marine navigation (including the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea), chart work, tides and buoyage
principles and practice of marine pilotage
marine propulsion and manoeuvring systems such as propellers, thrusters, rudder, anchors, etc.
maritime emergency response within the port jurisdiction and procedures
maritime law including roles and responsibilities of the port authority such as: byelaws, general directions for navigation, local notices to mariners, etc.
the basic principles of different types of vessel construction found in ports and of safe vessel stability
port control operations including local port service and or vessel traffic services
marine infrastructure such as jetties, quays, marinas, and operations such as cargo, fishing, leisure, passenger,roll-on/roll-off
relevant health, safety and security legislation such as: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, etc.
port marine responsibilities, statutory powers, duties and codes (including Port Marine Safety Code and Guide to Good Practice)
take ownership for own performance and training; strive to achieve the best results in all they do; maintain a positive attitude and approach to their work even when priorities and working patterns change
take responsibility for own and others’ health, safety and security at all times; demonstrate integrity, credibility, honesty and personal drive; embody the organisation’s values, a belief in the services it offers and an interest in the industry
Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements; but due to the nature of the role it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.
Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment
Level – This is a level 4 apprenticeship
Review – This Standard will be reviewed in 3 years.
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