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Assistant Harbour Master - Relief Pilot

Assistant Harbour Master / Relief Pilot Salary £38,890.00- £43,857.00 + LGSS Pension scheme + 25 Days Holiday

Joining the Wisbech Port Authority Marine Services team, this exciting opportunity will see you working with the team to further enhance and expand on the Port Authorities Statutory service.

This will also involve assisting in the operational management of the Wisbech Harbour Authority and assisting / deputising for the Harbour Master as required. Assist the Harbour Master in organising and regulating everything relating to the Port Marie Safety Code, manage safety meetings, training and exercises and run inspections and enquiries when required, into marine accidents and incidents. You will manage the safe movement of vessels within the Harbour limits and ensure documentation and certification is in line with the Port Marine Safety Code.

The role requires the successful candidate to undertake training, working towards a marine pilot, to take responsibility for the safe maneuvering of a variety of commercial vessels along the port limits of Wisbech and Port Sutton Bridge or within the local pilotage districtany time during the night or day complying with all current legislation - being available for immediate call out 24 hrs a day 364 days per year on a rostered basis.

Other duties include tug towing, dredging, bed leveling, buoy laying, maintenance of navigational aids, search and rescue and patrols, towing of leisure craft and hydrographic surveying, so a background of working in commercial craft maintenance and repair and sound seagoing experience is essential. Local knowledge of the waters of the Wash is highly desirable.

You will be 'On Call' for Emergency response when required. Experience on smaller vessels such as tugs/dredgers would be desirable, but not essential as Full Training to Pilot Authorisation will be offered.

Ability to work flexibly and unsocial hours including weekends on a rostered basis. This is a small, dedicated team where a flexible approach to working is essential.

Full training will be given to the successful candidate that meets the prerequisite qualifications and experience in order to fulfil this role. Once qualified the expectation is for the successful candidate to work within the pilot service on a rostered basis.

If you are interested in this post and would like to apply, please complete an application form (please read the guidance notes) and send to the Human Resources team, preferably by email to or post to the HR Team, at Fenland District Council, Room 48, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ.

Application forms are available to download from this page or alternatively please either phone our Customer Services team on 01354 654321 or email

We will accept CV's for this post, but they must accompany the application form. For an informal discussion about the role please telephone Jamie Hemming, Harbour Master on 01945 588059 or email

The closing date for applications is 25th October 2021

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