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Harbour Authority Building, Scapa, KW15 1SD
£53,405 - £58,189 per year
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Full Time
37 hours per week

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Marine Services, Transportation and Harbour Master

Deputy Harbour Master (Operations)

37 Hours per week
£53,405 - £58,189 (including Distant Islands Allowance) plus Duty Roster standby payments

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) in Orkney Islands Council, Marine Services and Transportation. As the Statutory Harbour Authority for 29 piers and harbours located throughout the Orkney archipelago, including the strategically important Scapa flow, Orkney Islands Council and its Marine Services section exercises jurisdiction over a diverse and challenging range of harbours and marine operations.

This diversity of marine business in Orkney is unique, ranging from oil and gas support to marine renewables, from the UK’s most popular cruise ship destination in Scotland to the provision of lifeline ferry services to the outlying regions of Orkney and mainline ferry services to the Scottish mainland and from complex oil and gas Ship to Ship operations to the ownership of a number of increasingly busy marinas. In recent years, the Local Authority has along with its funding partners, invested over £30 million in piers and harbour infrastructure, VTS in support of business growth and is currently investing in new tugs, a pilot launch and low carbon facilities.

The post of Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) is absolutely crucial to the safe and efficient operation of the harbour area and to the on-going operational and logistical support to this investment.

Applicants must possess a Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) STCW Master II/2 > 3000GT and Harbour Masters Diploma/ Certificate, and have at least 5 years previous experience in the ports and shipping industry, as a Harbour Master/Deputy Harbour Master/STCW Chief Mate. A strong knowledge of the International Safety Management Code, the Port Marine Safety Code and a working knowledge of safety management systems and risk assessment is required. An excellent knowledge of ferry and towage operations, oil and gas ship operations, pilotage and pollution response is important. VTS, port management and port security experience is desirable but not essential and qualification training will be given where necessary. Strong leadership and management skills are essential in order to manage a large team of pier staff, tug and launch crews, Class 1 Marine Pilots and VTS staff.

The Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) will deputise for the Harbour Master as and when required and will be responsible to him/her for all operational matters relating to all harbours, piers and tugs and launches, including visiting vessels coming under the jurisdiction or control of the Harbour Authority. You will be required to board vessels at sea and must be medically fit to do so. You will also act as Depute Oil Pollution Officer and Depute Port Facility Security Officer, for which you will be required to achieve an enhanced security clearance. As part of the ports emergency response organisation and in order to respond to Duty Harbour Master calls 24/7 when on duty, you will be require to be resident within a reasonable distance of the Harbour Authority Building, Scapa.

This post is subject to Basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

Applicants must hold a full current driving licence.

For an informal discussion regarding the post please contact Jim Buck, Head of Marine Services and Transportation and Harbour Master, tel: 01856 873636, or email:

Closing Date: Sunday 23 October 2022

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post, in accordance with Council policy.