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Port Operative Careers

Port Operative Careers

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Work Environment:

Port operatives work in 3 major fields: marine operations, stevedoring and passenger operations.

As a marine operative, you'd work on smaller craft, such as pilot-launches, or rowing boats. Your tasks can comprise:

  • handling radar equipment and VHF radio, and navigating ship
  • putting marker buoys into harbor

  • moving crew and passengers to ships moored-offshore
  • cleaning after pollution-incidents
  • refueling ships
Stevedores work in vessels such as and roll on or roll off ferries and container ships. Being a stevedore, your tasks would comprise:
  • moving containers to storage places using forklift-trucks or trailer wagons
  • maintaining and servicing lifting machinery and equipment
  • unloading and loading containers/cargo, by dockside/ship cranes
  • controlling suction pumps and conveyor machinery for heavy cargoes such as oil, grain and coal

Passenger operatives work on cruise terminal or port. Being a passenger operative, your tasks would involve:

  • guiding motor-vehicles to and from parking-bays on the ship
  • providing travel details, like climate conditions and sailing times
  • assisting passengers to board and get off ship
  • checking travel-documents
  • unloading and loading baggage
Within small leisure-marinas or ports, you'd mix these 3 fields into one post.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

There are no particular admission requirements, although you'd need to get through with medical exam at interview phase. Companies might prefer you to hold driving license and normal color-vision is important.

Experience of handling forklifts trucks, or Lorries might assist you to get work chance as a stevedore. Experience in engineering work can be useful for performing fundamental maintenance.

You might necessitate boat handling, sea survival and fire fighting certificates, to work as a marine operative. Work experience with radio communications and smaller craft will be helpful. Check the website of Royal Yachting Association, for details regarding courses and training providers.

To work as a passenger operative, you'd necessitate excellent customer service abilities. Foreign-language skills might be helpful.

You could get on to this profession by accomplishing a Traineeship into this area. The availability of Traineeships within your region will rely on regional employment market and the kind of abilities employers want from employees.

Training Details:

You'd get training at the work by your employer including:

  • comprehending signaling instructions
  • health and safety
  • handling equipment
  • driving forklift-truck
In marine operations, your work would comprise ship handling and sea survival. Being a passenger-operative, you'd be given training into customer service.

You can take a Second Level NVQ into Port Operations, including choices into:

  • Team-Leading
  • Passenger-Operations
  • Stevedoring
  • Port Operations
  • Marine-Operations

You can obtain Third Level NVQ into Port Operations, based on responsibility level.

Skills and knowledge:

  • a readiness to work in a flexible manner
  • an understanding of secure working procedures
  • excellent team-working skills
  • physically fit
  • capability to comprehend instructions
  • excellent practical abilities

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for port operatives can be about $13,000 for a year.
  • By experience, earnings can boost to around $14,000 to $21,000.
  • Overtime and shift allowances can raise income to about $26,000.

Working Conditions:

You'd work weekly for around 41 hours as per shift scheme. Sometimes, you may have to work overtime.

This job could be physically challenging, including lifting. You might need to operate at height.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with marinas, port authorities and cargo handling firms.

Contact directly to firms and marinas, or port-authority, for information on available vacancy. See the website of British Ports-Association, for a directory of companies.

By experience you can advance to supervisor/foreperson, and then progress to operations manager or superintendent.

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