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VTS Officer

Job title: VTS Officer

Department: Chief Harbour Master’s Department

Reporting to: VTS Operations Manager

Grade: 7

Salary: starting at £40,695 per annum during training and rising to £44,233 per annum, inclusive of allowances on completion of training, plus regular overtime working is available.

Base: Port Control Centre, Gravesend.

Closing date: Friday 2nd October 2020

Interview date: Tuesday 13th October 2020

London VTS is responsible for the safe and efficient navigation of a diverse range of commercial and leisure vessels in the Thames Estuary and lower reaches of the river covering an area of approximately 600 square miles.

As VTS Officer in the Port of London Authority (PLA), you will be required to operate the latest state of the art surveillance and communications equipment and manage the navigational safety of the worlds largest ships down to the smallest recreational craft as well as protecting one of the most iconic and historical waterways. You will deal with the general public, berth operators and emergency services as well as communicating extensively with senior management, marine pilots, the harbour patrol service and other internal Port of London Authority departments.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain a V-103/1 VTS Operator Certificate and local knowledge endorsement. Marine qualifications such as STCW or relevant professional qualifications in a comparable industry such as Air Traffic Control would be advantageous but is not essential.

This is a highly rewarding role in one of the UK’s premier ports, an industry leading organisation which provides attractive benefits including career progression into supervisory and Harbour Master roles.

The job is based at the purpose-built Port Control Centre in Gravesend.

The PLA is the statutory harbour authority for the tidal Thames from the outer estuary to Teddington. As part of our duties under the Port Marine Safety Code, we manage and maintain the port’s navigational safety management system.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Simon Phillips, Harbour Master (SMS & VTS) on 07711 640 116 or Tony Guy, VTS Operations Manager on 01474 562 249.

To apply, please complete an application form (Word, PDF) and send it to recruitment@pla.co.uk

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