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Assistant Harbour Master - Closing: Monday 5th June 2023

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 Authority's Statutory service.

You will take a leading role in the operational management of the Wisbech Harbour Authority and assist / deputise for the Harbour Master as required. Tasks include organising and regulating everything relating to the Port Marine Safety Code, managing safety meetings, organising training and exercises and running inspections and enquiries 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, ultimately working towards becoming a marine pilot, taking responsibility for the safe manoeuvring of a variety of commercial vessels along the port limits of Wisbech and Port Sutton Bridge or within the local pilotage district any time during the night or day complying with all current legislation and 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 levelling, 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 in the medium term full training to Pilot Authorisation will be offered.

You will need to have the ability to work flexibly including unsociable hours and 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 however it is anticipated this will occur after the first 12 months of being in role.

We will accept CV's for this post, but they must accompany the application form.

For an informal discussion about the role please telephone John Roper, Harbour Master on 01945 588059 or email

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

The closing date for applications is 5th June 2023

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