Senior Level
Deputy Dock Master
ABP Humber

Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

Closing Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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 Ref: ABP0255

Location: Immingham

Department: Humber

Closing date for applications: 30 August 2017

In 2015 ABP and its customers handled 92 million tonnes of cargo. Together with our customers, we support 84,000 jobs and contribute £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year.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.Full time, Permanent contract 
Location – Immingham, with cover to other ports on the Humber 
Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

With the support of our customers, ABP’s Ports on the Humber – Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham - contribute £2.2 billion to the UK economy every year.

The Humber ports support 33,000 jobs and together handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo.

The Role

Reporting to the Dock Master the purpose of the role is to assist in the management of safe operations in the ports of Grimsby & Immingham in accordance with the ABP Marine Safety Management Systems, the Port Marine Safety Code and with adequate provision for staff Health & Safety.

As well as Deputising for the Dock Master’s when appropriate in their absence, the role is also to assist in the co-ordination and administration of ABP Marine Apprenticeship scheme and Humber Ports marine staff training whilst ensuring Marine operational standards are raised and maintained to a consistently high standard in all ports.


  • Marine Management and control of vessel movements at Humber International Terminal.
  • Preparation of mooring plans for vessels using Humber International Terminal or Immingham Outer Harbour.
  • Organisation and co-ordination of berthing staff at Humber International Terminal and in-dock.
  • Liaise with VTS, Humber International Terminal and ADM regarding HIT Marine Operations.
  • Assist in the co-ordination and administration of the ABP Marine Apprenticeship Scheme and Marine staff training to ensure job holders have sufficient knowledge to be able to operate independently on a day to day basis.
  • Manage day to day marine staff issues in accordance with Company policies.
  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of Marine craft.
  • Conduct investigations and document incidents of Marine damage and HSE incidents as required.
  • Prepare, monitor and record presentation of toolbox talks.
  • Maintenance of the Port Waste Management Plan and the co-ordination of ships waste returns for Grimsby & Immingham to the MCA.
  • Act as liaison for other Departments and Port users on day to day issues.
  • Act as the focal point of point of contact for marine issues for Jetty Terminals.
  • Conduct staff performance development reviews.
  • Act as a deputy PFSO when required.
  • Assist in reviewing and maintenance of Ports Marine SMS including the Marine Operational Procedures Manuals and Marine Risk Assessments.
  • Assist in the review and maintenance of manual handling Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work.
  • Assist with ensuring department’s compliance with company Permit / Permissions to Work systems.
  • Be flexible in your time management to suit challenging operational requirements.

Skills and Experience


  • Sound knowledge of Port Marine Operations, underpinning qualifications to show competence to carry out the role of the Deputy Dock Master.
  • Familiarity of the extent of the Dock Masters powers under general and local legislation.
  • An ability to deliver the ethos of exceptional customer service, always seeking to improve quality and service for both internal/external stakeholders.
  • Successfully able to balance the demands of stakeholders with regards to safety and commercial awareness.
  • Knowledge of ship manoeuvring and shipboard emergency procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) and other relevant legislation including but not limited to safety including security and environmental regulations.
  • IOSH Managing Safely certification or equivalent.
  • Experience in the use of Safe Systems of Work procedure, leading and managing risk assessments.
  • Experience of incident reporting and knowledge of Marine accident investigation procedures.
  • Knowledge of enforcement procedures.
  • Understand mooring practices, and knowledge of towage operations.
  • Environmental regard to port waste and Oil Spill knowledge (completed Level 4p / 5p training).
  • Knowledge of Port Security and ISPS requirements. (Will require Port Facility Security awareness with Officer Training and CTC clearance)
  • Knowledge of Harbour conservancy, licensing management and consenting procedures.
  • Proven leadership and people management skills.
  • High degree of computer literacy skills.
  • Flexible approach to working hours, including a willingness to travel as required on business.
  • Full UK driving licence.


  • MCA CoC (preferably Masters FG.)
  • Be in possession or willing to work towards gaining the UKHMA Harbour Master Certificate.
  • NEBOSH H&S Certificate.
  • Experience of incident reporting.
  • Knowledge of dangerous goods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Hydrographic surveying and Harbour Conservancy.
  • Knowledge of local dredge management.
  • Awareness of the operation of other ABP functions.

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 also.

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.


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