Overview top

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.

The 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, and Vessel Traffic Services.

This is a Level 4 apprenticeship

Entry Requirements top

Applicants are placed at South Shields Marine School by individual employers who will determine their own entry requirements. Due to the nature of the role it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.

Assessment top

This apprenticeship will require rigorous and substantial training, typically of around 24 – 30 months, depending on experience and qualifications at entry.

Further Information top

Cost: Costs vary depending on whether the employer pays the Apprenticeship levy or is a non-levy payer

Dates:   Available on application. 

Further Information:      Visit https://www.portskillsandsafety.co.uk/how-start-apprenticeship or contact ABP Ports or Peel Ports. 

Dates & Fees

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